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Which Is Better 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 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 »

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 »

Sustiva or Viramune

I see you have been on just about every HIV drug company's speaker bureau. As an HIV patient and research chemist, I would like to know what data you can point me to that suggest Sustiva is better than Viramune. I am actively involved in...
David Wohl, M.D.

Response from David Wohl, M.D.

University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
I would not say that efavirenz is "better' than nevirapine. Better at what? For some people, one is a better choice than the other. For you, leery of the central nervous system side effects of efavirenz, nevirapine may be a better... Read more »

Sustiva v. Viramune

Stats: 29 year old male. Poz for 4 years. CD4 650, undetectable. On Atripla for 1.5 years. (First regime).Thinking about switching to Viramune + Truvada instead of Atripla.Issues with current combo: Some fatigue and sleep pattern disturbances. Mild...
Gerald Pierone, M.D.

Response from Gerald Pierone, M.D.

AIDS Research and Treatment Center of the Treasure Coast
Hello, and thanks for posting. Viramune has not been shown to be better in preventing lipoatrophy than Sustiva. It is associated with better lipid levels and a better lower cardiovascular risk. The question as to whether this advantage compensates... 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 »

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 »

Started TRUVADA and VIRAMUNE last night at 6pm

Posted by Augustus, 3 Replies
This is my first experience with fighting my HIV infection that I was diagnosed with on July 1 2005. So far, everything seems normal, even a wee bit better than normal as I feel a great weight lifting. I have agonized over starting meds for 2... Read more »