What is Efavirenz used for?
Efavirenz is an antiviral medication used to treat HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) infection. This medicine prevents the multiplication of HIV cells in your body. It belongs to a class of drugs known as non-nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors (NNRTIs). This medicine may also be used to treat other conditions as determined by your doctor.
How to take Efavirenz?
The dosage of Efavirenz prescribed to each patient will vary. Always follow your physician’s instructions and/or the directions on the prescription drug label.
If your physician has instructed or directed you to take Efavirenz medication in a regular schedule and you have missed a dose of this medicine, take it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, then skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not double the doses unless otherwise directed.
Any medication taken in excess can have serious consequences. If you suspect an overdose of Efavirenz, seek medical attention immediately.
What are the drugs that interact with Efavirenz?
- St. John's wort
It may be noted that drugs other than those listed above may also interact with Efavirenz.
Usually drug interactions occur when it is taken with another drug or with food. Before you take a medication for a particular ailment, you should inform the health expert about intake of any other medications including non-prescription medications, over-the-counter medicines that may increase the effect of Efavirenz, and dietary supplements like vitamins, minerals and herbal, so that the doctor can warn you of any possible drug interactions.
Efavirenz can interact with blood thinners, antibiotics, and cholesterol medication.
Do let your doctor know if you smoke, consume alcohol or caffeinated drinks, or use illegal drugs as these may interfere with the action of your medication. Make sure to inform your doctor of any medical conditions you may have, or any family history of medical problems. Do not start or stop using any medicine without consulting your doctor.
What are the side effects of Efavirenz?
Like other medicines, Efavirenz can cause some side effects. If they do occur, the side effects of Efavirenz are most likely to be minor and temporary. However, some may be serious and may require the individual to inform the doctor or visit the nearest hospital immediately.
It is pertinent to note that side effects of Efavirenz cannot be anticipated. If any side effects of Efavirenz develop or change in intensity, the doctor should be informed as soon as possible.
Efavirenz can cause side effects such as :
- Mild nausea
- Sleep problems
- Blurred vision
This is not a complete list of all side effects. Do concur with your doctor and follow his directions completely when you are taking Efavirenz.
What are the questions to ask your doctor before taking Efavirenz?
Is it possible for me to take Efavirenz with other drugs?
Should certain beverages, foods and other products be avoided when I take Efavirenz?
What are the possible drug interactions of Efavirenz?
How will Efavirenz work in my body?
How should Efavirenz be taken?
How to reduce the risk of Efavirenz drug interactions and side effects?
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