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Side Effects Of Sustiva Vs Viramune

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Viramune

Brand name: Viramune XR and Viramune Generic name: nevirapine, or NVP Class: Non-nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitor (non-nucleoside, NNRTI, or non-nuke) Manufacturer: Boehringer Ingelheim, www.viramunexr.com , (800) 274-8651 AWP: $632.68 for XR/month, $133.02 for 240 mL suspension (50 mg/5 mL) Standard Dose: One 200 mg IR (immediate release) tablet once daily for two weeks, then full dose of one 400 mg once daily for...
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viramune vs. sustiva

Dr. Boyle,Do you think that the convenience of taking sustiva only once each day makes it a better option than viramune? I am worried about the potential side effects of sustiva (have heard from friends) but like the idea of once a day. Your...
Brian Boyle, M.D., J.D.

Response from Brian Boyle, M.D., J.D.

Cornell University, Weill Medical College
Sustiva/Stocrin (efavirenz) taken once daily is a very potent antiretroviral and, in the vast majority of patients, the side effects (mostly dizziness, vivid dreams, insomnia and decreased concentration) are mild to moderate and last a few days to... Read more »

Viramune or Sustiva

I have been on medication for 2 years this month. Combivir and Viramune. My Doctor wants to change me from Viramune to Sustiva I am very unhappy about this and worried. I had no side affects from the Viramune and my viral load has been undetectable...
Andrew T. Pavia, M.D.

Response from Andrew T. Pavia, M.D.

University of Utah, School of Medicine
This is a situation where I worry that I might only know half of the story. From what you are telling me, I am not sure why changing would make sense. In general, I like both Viramune and Sustiva; each has its own advantages and disadvantages.... Read more »

Difference between sustiva/viramune

I'm a 31-year-old male who has been positive for 4 years. I was on Combivir/Sustiva for 2 1/2 years, beginning in 2000. My lowest CD4 number was 360 before starting treatment (VL 28,000).I grew tired of the Sustiva nightmares and the aches...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
I get nervous starting and stopping regimens with NNRTIs (Sustiva/Viramune) due to their long half-life and concern about resistance. In cases like yours I would often re-suppress your HIV with a Kaletra based regimen (little chance for resistance... Read more »

Sustiva and depression? Switch to viramune

Hi there. I have been taking Sustiva, d4t and ddI for about a year and a half, and it's been a very effective first combo. VL went from 30,000 to UD<20 in two weeks and has stayed there, and cd4 cells have increased from 300 to 700. Very...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
I agree with your conclusions regarding the Sustiva data and your reluctance to change regimens, especially given the "subtle" nature of the symptoms. I am not sure, just as you are not, that your symptoms are related to Sustiva, although... 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 »

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 away. That was pretty bad.

No dreams just any waking moments were like... like... I have no idea... Read more »

Urine Drug Screening and SUSTIVA!

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
Dear "The Body" Family,

This is GayCzar, writing on my husband's behalf.

We know for a fact that we will end up writing a book on the account of our lives and recent occurrences - it is just too much to talk about, and we believe it could help... Read more »

Urine Drug Screening and SUSTIVA!

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
Dear "The Body" Family,

This is GayCzar, writing on my husband's behalf.

We know for a fact that we will end up writing a book on the account of our lives and recent occurrences - it is just too much to talk about, and we believe it could help... Read more »