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Sustiva On An Empty Stomach

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Sustiva on an empty stomach

Why is it advisable to take Sustiva on an empty stomach? Thanks for your help....
David Wohl, M.D.

Response from David Wohl, M.D.

University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
Sustiva absorbsion from the gut to the blood is increased when taken with food. An increase in drug levels sounds fine when it come to HIV meds but in this case it also means greater risk of side effects (i.e. central nervous systems adverse... Read more »

Sustiva On An Empty Stomach

I recently began Sustiva & Truvada. The Sustiva is recommended to be taken at bedtime, on an... Read more »


I'm suppose to take sustiva on an empty stomach and typically I eat dinner anywhere between... Read more »
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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... Read more »
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Very empty inside

Posted by FLYEAGLE, 2 Replies
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FYI: Sustiva in Atripla. . .

Posted by razzmaniac, 1 Reply
I am not a doctor BUT i do PLENTY of research on certain meds as I have been taking meds for over 10 years. Atripla is very potent in fighting HIV virus HOWEVER. . .it contains Sustiva which in quite a few recent studies in Europe, Canada and now... Read more »

sustiva holiday - me too

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I tested positive for HIV in February of 2001 - my numbers are 250 T-cell and 0 viral load. Before I started the antiviral program, my T-cells were >85 and my load was 40-45,000. I've been on the antiviral program for a little over a year. ... Read more »

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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.

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