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Efavirenz Side Effects

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Efavirenz Side Effects

Dr. Henry,Can one of the side effects of efavirenz be stomach and bowel problems if you eat a few hours before taking the pill?When on HIV meds, is it common after a few years of being on them to experience cramps and stomach pains? I had a...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
...I have had a few patients who seemed to have stomach/gut problems from efavirenz (Sustiva) though more often it was due to one of the accompanying drugs (most often the AZT in Combivir or less often the tenofovir Read more »

Efavirenz pychotic side effects

My sister in zambia is on EFV,d4T and 3TC. She is taking ant TB drugs as well- intense phase. Her... Read more »

side effects on nevirapine and efavirenz

I would be grateful for advice on a medication change. I was diagnosed HIV positive in 1998 and... Read more »
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Genetics, Race/Ethnicity and Efavirenz Side Effects

...A study (ACTG 5097) was designed to determine whether higher levels of efavirenz in the blood are related to side effects of the central nervous system (CNS). CNS side effects, including vivid nightmares, difficulty sleeping and mood changes Read more »
Canadian AIDS Treatment Information Exchange

Efavirenz Long-Term Side Effects

...In a previous CATIE News story, we noted research on the anti-HIV drug efavirenz (Sustiva, Stocrin) and its side effects, particularly those affecting the brain or CNS (central nervous system). These side effects commonly appear during the first Read more »
AIDSinfo

An Overview of Sustiva (Efavirenz, Stocrin)

...ef-FAH-ver-enz Brand Name: Sustiva Other Name(s): DMP-266, EFV, L 743726, Stocrin Drug Class: Non-nucleoside Reverse Transcriptase Inhibitors Efavirenz, also known as EFV or Sustiva, is a type of medicine called a... Read more »
The Body PRO

TMC278 (Rilpivirine) Stands Up to Efavirenz in Battle of First-Line NNRTIs; FDA Approval May Be Drawing Near

...(EFV, Sustiva, Stocrin) is one of the most popular first-line HIV medications, but its risk of associated neurological side effects sometimes leaves people seeking other options. An NNRTI in late-stage development, TMC278 (rilpivirine), appears... Read more »
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Efavirenz: ways to fight its sleep-reduction.

Posted by BrokenWingedBird, 1 Reply
...doctors call it) but there is NOTHING on the leaflet about how the above elements in food and drink can increase the insomniac side-effect of Efavirenz by up to an extra 60% or so - thus CAUSING you to lie awake night after night and thinking... Read more »

Experience with Provigal, Issentress or Prevista?

Posted by ScotCharles, 1 Reply
...My psychiatrist has prescribed Provigal to boost my energy level and to counter the effects if HIV Associated Dementia. I am to work up to 200 mg twice a day. I am starting with 50 mg twice a day and will increase Read more »

Atripla Dreams

Posted by AtriplaUser, 1 Reply
Hey, Anyone out there figured out a way to control these dreams that Sustiva in Atripla brings? Also I hear that African American's absorb the drug at a higher rate causing more issues. Anyone figured out a way around this? Read more »

Ridiculous night-time brain-acitivity

Posted by BrokenWingedBird, 2 Replies
...(Sustiva) for a year. This was about two years ago. And I was one of the several-in-a-thousand who had serious mental side-effects from it. The main problem was horrific dreams that woke me at about 2am and in such a state of panic that it was... Read more »