What is Efavir used for?
Efavir 600mg (also known as Sustiva) are used with other HIV medications as part of combination therapy for the treatment of Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) infection in adults and children three years of age or older. Efavir 600 must not be used alone and is usually combined with two other drugs that have a different mechanism of action; this treatment regime is known as highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART) and is designed to minimise the ability of the virus to multiply and help prevent development of viral resistance to treatment. HIV impairs the immune system by attacking specific immune cells called CD4+ cells that are involved in fighting infection and this can lead to opportunistic life-threatening infection (infections that would not normally be harmful). Also if too many CD4+ cells are destroyed this can result in acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS). Efavir 600 mg prevent or slow down the ability of HIV to replicate and spread, which keeps the amount virus down to a low level (reduces viral load) and this results in an increase in CD4+ cell numbers, so that the immune system can recover, reducing the risk of disease progression.
When is Efavir 600 mg Tablet prescribed ?
Efavir 600 price (Efavirenz) is an antiretroviral medicine used for treating human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection, which causes the acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS).
How Does Efavir (Efavirenz) Tablet Work ?
Efavirenz belongs to a class of drugs known as non-nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors (NNRTIs). Reverse transcriptase is a part of HIV virus required to infect cells and make more virus. Efavirenz prevents reverse transcriptase from working properly.
Efavir also helps to decrease the amount of HIV in your body so your immune system can work better. This lowers your chance of getting HIV complications (such as new infections, cancer) and improves your quality of life.
Side effects associated with Efavir include:
- impaired concentration
- abnormal dreams
How should Efavir be taken?
You should take your Efavir 600 uk swallowed whole with a glass of water without food, once a day preferably on an empty stomach at bedtime to reduce problems with side effects. The dose you take depends on your body weight and your doctor’s recommendation. You should continue to take your Efavir 600 regularly for as long as your doctor recommends, and you condition should be monitored. Do not suddenly stop taking your Efavir tablets as this may increase risk of HIV resistance.
How long should you take Efavir?
You should continue to take your Efavir 600 regularly for as long as your doctor recommends, and you condition should be monitored. Do not suddenly stop taking your Efavir tablets as this may increase risk of HIV resistance.
Precautions & Warnings
Nervous system system side effects typically begin within a couple of days after starting Efavir and cease in two-four weeks. Those with a previous history of psychiatric illness may be at a greater risk for psychiatric symptoms. Rashes often resolve on their own but can rarely become serious. Some patients who have had seizures in the past experienced convulsions while taking Efavir. Patients with hepatitis or who are taking other treatments metabolized by the liver, such as concomitant anticonvulsants, must have their plasma levels and liver enzymes monitored while on Efavir. It is also recommend that patients taking Efavir have their triglycerides and cholesterol checked on a regular basis.