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How Long Does Sustiva Take To Work

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Brand name: Sustiva Generic name: efavirenz, or EFV Class: Non-nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitor (non-nucleoside, NNRTI, or non-nuke) Manufacturer: Bristol-Myers Squibb, , (800) 321-1335 AWP: $729.99/month for 600 mg tablets Standard Dose: One 600 mg tablet, once a day, typically at bedtime, on an empty stomach or with a light, low-fat snack. Is also available in smaller 50 mg and 200 mg capsules....
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long-term effects of Sustiva???

Hi, I have been taking Sustiva (+Combovir) and it has worked wonderfully. I would like to know when more information (are studies currently be conducted?) re: the long term side effects of Sustiva will be available. I realize it is a new drug....
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
Several of the early Sustiva trials (i.e. 006) are still following the original patients (approaching 3 years). The system for following long term post approval side effects is in general inadequate for most drugs. It relies on passive reporting to... Read more »

Sustiva & Truvada ; How Long ?

I have been on Sustiva and Truvada for about a year and a half. My last blood work at the year and three month mark was excellent 477 T-Cells with a 45% cd4/cd8 ration, VL was 89... I have only had one other blip in VL that was a one big one(616),...
Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

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

Rocky Mountain CARES
Jon,Thank you for your note. Yes, we don't do a great job at predicting the future, but I've got many patients who have had successful HIV suppression for many years. So long as you're able to maintain your excellent adherence, I... Read more »

How long do Sustiva rashes usually last after initial treatment?

Started regimen July 11, 2005. Epzicom and Sustiva. Showed evidence of rash Thursday, July 21, and since then I have experienced abatement of some rashes and mild rashes elsewhere, e.g. ankles, knees, wrists, etc. Was checked by medical staff...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
In my experience rashes related to Sustiva often diminish over 2-4 weeks. Most patients can treat through the rash while under close supervision such as in your case. The rest of your experience sounds good so treating through would be tried in... Read more »

Long Term Effect Combivir/Sustiva

I've been on Combivir/Sustiva combo for over 14 years (VRL 0, CD4 890 CD3/CD4 ratio .9). Over the last 2 years I've had horrible GERD 24/7, Gluten intolerance, IBS symptoms, diarrhea 24/7, BLOATING, NO gas, NONE which is bizarre! and...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
That is a good question. There is not much data on very long term use of Combivir and risk for new gut problems (partly due to fact that less and less use of Combivir in US at least). Since gut problems and gluten issues are common in general... Read more »
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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 from actual users
Thanks for responding ;) Read more »

sustiva side effects

Posted by Anonymous, 3 Replies
are you on sustiva? if so how long does the high feeling last...i've been on the drug for 4 weeks and still wake up daily feeling high, i have had to take a leave of abscence from work due to the side effedts, i want to try to hang in there, but... Read more »

New to Sustiva

Posted by Anonymous, 3 Replies
I am due to start with Truvada and Sustiva and am looking at the possibility of taking the 600mg tablet in the morning instead of at night.
Has anyone else tried this method, and to what level of success?
Basically, I am concerned about the vivid... 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) just finding the side affects of sustiva really can be hard to cope with,... Read more »