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Which Has Fewer Side Effects Sustiva Or Viramune

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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, , (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 »

Switching from Sustiva + Truvada to Viramune + Truvada

Hello and thank you so much for contributing your time, knowledge and experience to so many people.I have been taking Sustiva and Truvada for about a year now and have always had difficulty staying asleep with this regimen. In addition, I feel like...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
The barrier to resistance for Viramune is fairly similar to that for Sustiva so I would not worry alot about the particular aspect of the switch. Viramune has less central nervous system (including sleep) disturbance related side effects than... Read more »

Switch from Sustiva to Viramune?

I was infected possibly in 1994. Tested positive in 1999. Baseline values: VL = 49000; CD4 = 183. No opportunistic infections except for: molluscum contagiosum (repeatedly) and herpes zoster (once). Both disappeared after 6 months of HAART. I have...
Cal Cohen, M.D., M.S.

Response from Cal Cohen, M.D., M.S.

Harvard Medical School
Well here we have some info that is pretty reassuring. With a viral load initially of about 50 thousand, we can expect that viramune/nevirapine should be just as successful as sustiva has been for you. There is actually a study going on mostly in... Read more »
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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 »

Day 38 of Truvada / Viramune

Posted by Augustus, 2 Replies
Reached undetectable in 30 days. I was ecstatic to hear that. Only minor side effects, like a moderate fever for four days after starting the HAART regimen... and twice vomited for no reason. Never do that normally. Had to be the body adjusting... Read more »

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 »


Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
I am on day 4 of my new combo.., epivir, abacar(ziagen),Viramune, and viraed. It sucks. I feel lousy all of the time..has anyone else gone down this road before?

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