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Sustiva

Brand name: Sustiva Generic name: efavirenz, or EFV Class: Non-nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitor (non-nucleoside, NNRTI, or non-nuke) Manufacturer: Bristol-Myers Squibb, www.sustiva.com , (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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Alternatives to Genotype Prescribed Truvada, Rayataz, and Norvir

My physician did a genotype on me for resistance to HAART meds, finding that Sustiva would not be tenable as part of my regimen. Instead my doctor put me on Truvada, Reyataz, and Norvir. I am extremely reluctant to take any of them due to...
Joseph McGowan, M.D., F.A.C.P.

Response from Joseph McGowan, M.D., F.A.C.P.

North Shore University Hospital
Thanks for your question. This is a common concern due to the way that medication labels are written in the US. Truvada is part of a class of medications called NRTIs (nucleoside analog reverse transcriptase inhibitors). There are 8 medicines and... Read more »

sustiva side-effects

My son has KS and was taking sustiva prescribed by his doctor. While on sustiva, he experienced severe mood swings, suicidal tendencies, aggressive behavior, etc. While trying to stab himself, someone tried to intervene, and that person was also...
Bruce Dezube, M.D.

Response from Bruce Dezube, M.D.

Harvard Medical School
Wow, that's quite some story! Sustiva crosses into the brain. I will quote directly from the product insert, which is the material provided by the drug's manufacturer -- "Serious psychiatric adverse experiences have been reported in... Read more »

Sustiva and Truvada/Herbal therapy updates

I was prescribed Paxil for mild anxiety but turned to St. Johns Wort in the last few months because it works so much better for me with no side affects. I have just learned from reading about SJW that it could interact with my Sustiva and Truvada...
Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

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

Rocky Mountain CARES
Thanks for your post.I'd be very cautious about using St. John's wort and HIV medications, including efavirenz (Sustiva). This is because there is a theoretical (not well studied) interaction between the two that could reduce the levels... Read more »

How long are people living with HIV, IF DETECTED EARLY AND THEY ARE TAKING MEDS AS PRESCRIBED?

hi Dr.Sherer, how long does the average person live who is living with HIV if he /she was diagnosed early enough , take meds as prescribed, exercises, and easts health in these days of the disease? I am 22 and was diagnosed a few month , it is...
Renslow Sherer, M.D.

Response from Renslow Sherer, M.D.

University of Chicago Hospitals
In the current era of HIV treatment, 80-85% of people have a response to ART like yours, with full viral suppression and rising CD4 cells. The estimates for long term survival are highest for someone who 'gets it right' with the very... Read more »
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