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Taking Efavirenz When You're Hiv Positive

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An Overview of Sustiva (Efavirenz, Stocrin)

... Efavirenz, also known as EFV or Sustiva, is a type of medicine called a non-nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitor (NNRTI). NNRTIs block reverse transcriptase, a protein that HIV needs to make more copies of itself. HIV/AIDS-Related Uses Efavirenz was approved by the FDA on September 17, 1998, for use with other antiretroviral agents in the treatment of HIV infection in adults and children ages 3 and older. This medicine does not...
Ask the Experts

Efavirenz making my head spin

I am currently taking Truvada and Efavirenz. I take these pills and 10pm, and thereafter I shower and go to bed. On three occasions I have attempted to go out after taking my meds, by midnight my head starts spinning and I cant make sense of...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
...Your description of the head spinning sounds like an efavirenz (Sustiva) side effect. Delaying the efavirenz dose until you are safely home and ready for bed is a very reasonable way to manage Read more »


My CD4 is 390 and VL 33.000I think Ill soon have to begin medication. Can someone begin only with Truvada? Does taking Truvada alone makes undetectable viral load? Or must begin with Atripla? (Im afraid of Efavirenz side effects).
Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

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

Rocky Mountain CARES
...(such as are in Truvada). Atripla (as the name suggests) is a three drug combination that includes the two in Truvada and adds efavirenz.If you're reluctant to use efavirenz, don't fret. There are quite a number of alternatives (with Truvada or... Read more »

truvada + efavirenz combo

I was recently diagnosed hiv positive with a CD4 count in the high 800's and a sub-2000 viral load, despite these good numbers my doctor suggested early treatment which I agreed to using the combination of Truvada and Stocrin (efavirenz).. I've not...
Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

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

Rocky Mountain CARES
...G'day and thanks for your post from Australia.You've been caught in the varied trade names for the medication efavirenz. In many parts of the world, EFV is called Stocrin, here in the US (where most of's posts come from), efavirenz Read more »


while taking combivir and efavirenz is it ok to have lunch and have a beer or a glass of wine or it will decrease effectivity on the treatment or give me other side effects? so far i just have a little bit of dizziness while waking up in the...
Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

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

Rocky Mountain CARES
...have an occasional drink with your HIV medications.As for your side effects, the dizziness that you describe is typical for efavirenz (Sustiva, Stocrin) and typically fades within a few weeks of starting. If the side effects are severe, or... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Prospective, Randomized, Open-Label Trial of Efavirenz vs. Lopinavir/Ritonavir in HIV+ Treatment-Naive Subjects With CD4+ Less Than 200

... Antiretroviral therapy based on efavirenz (EFV) is more effective than lopinavir/ritonavir (LPV/r)-based therapy among treatment-na├»ve patients with advanced disease, Read more »
The Body PRO

Late Breaker No. LB15: Randomized Trial of Abacavir in Combination with Indinavir and Efavirenz in HIV-Infected Patients with NRTI Experience

...abacavir (ABV) or placebo. Further randomization occurred for patients with CD4>50 within each ABV group so that they received Efavirenz with indinavir in one of two dose schedules (twice daily or thrice daily indinavir), and was designed to... Read more »
Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Thai Health Ministry to Issue Compulsory License for Merck's HIV/AIDS Drug Efavirenz

...and issue compulsory licenses without consulting the foreign patent owner. Thailand, which has 580,000 people living with HIV/AIDS, has won international recognition for its quick launch of a national drug program that treats more than 82,000... Read more »
U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

Study Shows Efavirenz Promising in Treating Pediatric HIV Infection

...of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), have announced results of an interim analysis of the first pediatric study of efavirenz, a new non-nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitor (NNRTI) that can be taken once daily. The purpose of the... Read more »
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just tested positive and CD4 already at 33!

Posted by PozFromHongKong, 2 Replies
...first lab results yesterday and my CD4 is at 33 and VL is 29,000, so the doctor put me on meds right away (I taking Truvada + Efavirenz). I was probably infected a long time ago. I took my first dose last night. Thankfully I went to work feeling... Read more »

Efavirenz: ways to fight its sleep-reduction.

Posted by BrokenWingedBird, 1 Reply
...If Efavirenz (and Efavirenz along)is really wrecking your sleep quality, then the only solution is to stop taking Efavirenz (and substitute Read more »

New to the bulletin boards? Introduce yourself!

Posted by TheBody, 34 Replies
...Welcome to The Body's "Living With HIV" forum. You'll find many supportive and knowledgeable individuals who can relate to what you're going through. Take a moment Read more »

Light sleeping / no sleeping / endless dreaming

Posted by Anonymous, 6 Replies
...I'm on EFV, 3TC, & TDF (Efavirenz, Lamivudine, & Tenofovir). All taken at the same time, just before bed. I either sleep so lightly that any movement or Read more »