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User Reviews for Efavirenz

Also known as: Sustiva

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9.0
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7.0
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Summary of Efavirenz reviews 5 reviews 8.0

Reviews for Efavirenz

For HIV Infection: "4th month on this drug and i have never cried or think about killing myself, but yes, it really gets me depending on my mood i think. There are nights where i dont feel anything and others where i get drowsy, confused and cannot concentrate in anything. Some dreams can be really inmersive too."

   
8.0

mybadself July 18, 2015

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For HIV Infection: "This drug makes me dizzy and light headed in about 5 hrs after. That is why that you take it at bedtime when you can and always on a empty stomach. The amount 600 mg in Atripla is not necessary for the same medical effect. The latest study in The Lancet, showed that 400 mg a day as working just as well as 600 mg with less side effects. Also CD4 counts are slightly improved on 400 mg vs 600 mg as well. I take 400 mg a day and I have experienced a marked improvement in being able to tolerate this drug and reduce my dizziness and light headed and possible nausea with the vertigo. I take this with one truvada a day. Reference: Lancet 2014; 383: 1474%u201382 Published Online February 10, 2014 http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/ S0140-6736(13)62187"

   
6.0

njrichie (taken for 6 months to 1 year) June 19, 2015

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Sustiva (efavirenz) for HIV Infection: "Was on it for years before I developed resistance to it. MUST be taken at night to minimize side effects. Bad depression, confusion, random crying spells, feeling helpless, suicidal thoughts (& no I've never had it prior or after I stopped this medication). It does get better as the med levels out but the first couple weeks are torture! In a grocery store I sat on the floor crying because 3 things on my list were on the same isle. I've never experienced anything like that in my life!"

   
4.0

Bayne (taken for 10 years or more) February 2, 2015

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Sustiva (efavirenz) for HIV Infection: "This is my 4th day on Sustiva. I've experienced drowsiness, mental confusion, anxiety and sleeplessness. I have to get used to not eating before taking as eating prior to, only makes those symptoms worse. I've developed a habit of bumping into things and when I drive, I'm not driving as I usually do, it's a little bit over the road, so be cautious with heavy machinery. The symptoms usually die down within 2 hours of my awakening and I feel somewhat like my old self. Like I said, it's only been 4 days, so hopefully, these symptoms will subside as I continue to partake. I definitely do not recommend drinking anything other than water with this medicine. The effects are way too powerful. One last thing, be careful with your steps, I fell at work."

   
8.0

The other just me January 8, 2012

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Sustiva (efavirenz) for Nonoccupational Exposure: "Upon starting Sustiva, I noticed that I felt very dizzy and somewhat drowsy, as if I had just drank 2 or 3 glasses of wine within about 30 minutess of taking the medication. Also, it gave a similar confusion feeling. After going to sleep - it is recommended that you take the medication on an empty stomach and just before going to bed, I woke up without any hangover, drowsiness, or dizziness the next morning about hours later. I did have a little bit of nausea, but nothing that eating didn't resolve."

   
9.0

Anonymous May 21, 2009

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