What is Efavir (Efavirenz) used for?
Efavir (Efavirenz) is given to patients suffering from HIV to help control their infection. This drug can decrease the quantity of HIV in the body, allowing the immune system to work more effectively. It can also reduce the risk of other health complications such as infections. This drug is in a class of medications known as non-nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors, or (NNRTIs). It has also been used in combination with other drug to prevent HIV infection after someone has come into contact with the virus.
How should I use Efavir (Efavirenz) ?
Patients taking Efavir (Efavirenz) are sometimes directed to take this drug once per day. It is normally taken on an empty stomach. You should take this drug at the same time every day. Some patients take this drug at bedtime in order to make the side effects less bothersome. You should continue taking this drug, as if you discontinue taking it your condition can become more difficult to treat.
What are the side effects of Efavir (Efavirenz) ?
Patients who take Efavir (Efavirenz) may notice:
If you experience flu symptoms, loss of appetite or seizures you should consult your physician immediately.
This drug should not be used during pregnancy, as it may harm unborn babies. It is also important to prevent pregnancy while taking this drug. Discuss this with your physician.
As HIV can be transferred by breast milk, you should not breastfeed.
Strictly follow all instructions provided to you by your physician or pharmacist while using Efavir (Efavirenz). Optimum and safe dosage can differ based on the patient and the condition being treated.
As this medication may be unsafe for certain patients, it is essential you always inform your physician if you have any allergies, other illnesses, or ongoing health conditions, and if you are taking any other form of medication, supplements, or herbal products.
Immediately seek emergency medical care if you have any allergic or hypersensitive reaction. Common signs of a reaction include hives, swelling, skin rashes, chest pains, as well as trouble breathing or swallowing.