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Efavirenz and Alcohol / Food Interactions

There are 2 alcohol/food/lifestyle interactions with efavirenz which include:

Moderate

efavirenz ↔ food

Moderate Food Interaction

Taking efavirenz with food increases the amount of medicine in your body, which may increase the frequency of side effects. You should take efavirenz once a day on an empty stomach, preferably at bedtime. Taking it at bedtime may make some side effects such as dizziness, trouble sleeping, drowsiness, trouble concentrating, and/or unusual dreams less bothersome. However, these symptoms may be more severe if efavirenz is used with alcohol or mood-altering (street) drugs. You should avoid driving or operating hazardous machinery until you know how the medication affects you. It is important to tell your doctor about all other medications you use, including vitamins and herbs. Do not stop using any medications without first talking to your doctor.

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Moderate

High Cholesterol (Hyperlipoproteinemia, Hypertriglyceridemia, Sitosterolemia)

Moderate Potential Hazard, Moderate plausibility

efavirenz - cholesterol

Increases in total cholesterol and triglycerides have resulted during treatment with efavirenz. Lipid levels monitoring should be performed before starting treatment and at periodic intervals during therapy.

References

  1. "Product Information. Sustiva (efavirenz)." DuPont Pharmaceuticals, Wilmington, DE.

Efavirenz drug interactions

There are 670 drug interactions with efavirenz

Efavirenz disease interactions

There are 5 disease interactions with efavirenz which include:

Drug Interaction Classification

These classifications are only a guideline. The relevance of a particular drug interaction to a specific individual is difficult to determine. Always consult your healthcare provider before starting or stopping any medication.
Major Highly clinically significant. Avoid combinations; the risk of the interaction outweighs the benefit.
Moderate Moderately clinically significant. Usually avoid combinations; use it only under special circumstances.
Minor Minimally clinically significant. Minimize risk; assess risk and consider an alternative drug, take steps to circumvent the interaction risk and/or institute a monitoring plan.
Unknown No interaction information available.

Further information

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