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How Long Does Sustiva Stay In Your Body

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Body Shape Changes (Lipodystrophy)

...taking ART. What Causes Lipo? We do not know what causes lipo. There are different causes for fat loss and fat gain. Fat Loss Zidovudine (Retrovir, AZT) and stavudine (Zerit, d4T) are linked to fat loss. Efavirenz (Sustiva) may also contribute. Fat Gain One theory is that protease inhibitors interfere with the body's processing of fat. However, some patients who have never taken protease inhibitors have lipo. Another theory is that...
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tx timing strictness

i'm taking sustiva hs and combivir bid. i usually take the sustiva before bed around 11pm, the combivir at 8am and 8pm. how much time frame do i have to take the dosages or must they be percise?
Andrew T. Pavia, M.D.

Response from Andrew T. Pavia, M.D.

University of Utah, School of Medicine
...Good question. The answer is that it is different for every drug. Sustiva has a very long half life, meaning it stays in the body for many days. Therefore, you do not have to be very precise at all in Read more »

Switching from Combivir & Sustiva to Atripla

I have been HIV positive since June of 2001. My CD4 count has always been over 739. When my viral load consistently climbed over a period of a year, my doctor recommended treatment. At the time, my viral load was at just under 20,000. He advised...
Eric Daar, M.D.

Response from Eric Daar, M.D.

UCLA School of Medicine
In general I believe that if someone is on a good regimen that is working and well tolerated there is little reason to change. The one reason in this case to consider a modification of your therapy is the development of potential toxicity. ... Read more »

dosing schedule

I started taking sustiva and combivir about 2 months ago, I'm very consistent with my morning pills but my evening doses seem to get a little messed up sometimes 8pm sometimes midnight. Is this ok? Also there is a warning on the bottle of sustiva to...
Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

Response from Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

Rocky Mountain CARES
...medications.The good news, is that at least two of your medications, lamvudine (one of the parts of Combivir) and efavirenz (Sustiva) stay in your body for a very long time-- long enough that the difference on the occasional dosing from 8PM to... Read more »

Irregular schedule: help

I have to start a regimen soon and was offered only PI based therapy (Kaletra+Truvada or Boosted Reyataz+Truvada). The problem is I regularly work day shifts and night shifts and my doctor is concerned with Atripla because of the Sustiva component....
David Wohl, M.D.

Response from David Wohl, M.D.

University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
...regimens, we also need to select among the potential side effects. With your schedule, I tend to agree with your doctor that Sustiva can be challenging.In a recent large study comparing Kaletra and Sustiva, side effects were not as different as... Read more »
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FAQs About Sustiva (Efavirenz, Stocrin) From The Body's "Ask the Experts" Forums

...last CD4 count was 345. I've been offered to start treatment with either Videx (didanosine, ddI), Epivir (lamivudine, 3TC) and Sustiva; or Combivir (AZT/3TC) and Sustiva. Which combination is better? I just started taking Sustiva and Truvada... Read more »
The Well Project

HIV Drugs and the HIV Lifecycle

...number of approved NNRTIs: Intelence (etravirine or TMC-125) Rescriptor (delavirdine) Sustiva (efavirenz) Viramune (nevirapine) Protease Inhibitors (PIs) ... Read more »
The Well Project


...makes Crixivan easier to take. Several other PIs can be boosted with Norvir. The NNRTIs (drugs like Viramune [nevirapine] and Sustiva [efavirenz]) have the opposite effect. They speed up enzymes and get other drugs out of the system faster. As a... Read more »
The Well Project

Drug Interactions and HIV/AIDS

...HIV drugs can stop working The non-nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors (NNRTIs), such as Viramune (nevirapine) and Sustiva (efavirenz), speed up enzymes and get some other drugs out of thesystem faster. If you are taking a drug that... Read more »
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sustiva vs crixivan

Posted by Anonymous, 4 Replies
...and choloesteral have starting to creep into the high values. My doc has now suggested dropping Crixivan for Sustiva? He states of the 50 patients in his practice that have done this only 1 has not maintained ... Read more »

OMG - Just started Sustiva

Posted by Anonymous, 21 Replies
...I took my first sustiva (once daily) pill about 6 hours ago and I'm finally concious enough to walk around. Please tell me that those side effects go Read more »

Sustiva + Truvada combination

Posted by richwales, 6 Replies
...Im a 26 y/o male living in UK whos been on sustiva and truvada for 4 months now my Cd4 and viral load are doing great (gone from 14% 245 to 19% 472, and 18,200 to undectable) Read more »

Are you a long term Sustiva/Truvada user

Posted by soimnotalone, 2 Replies
...I am curious about the long term effects of these medicines from actual users. I read the pamphlets and what doctors "claim" but I wanted some feedback Read more »