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Efavir 200mg Tablet

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Storage
Store at room temperature (10-30°C)

Introduction

Efavir 200mg Tablet belongs to a group of medicines called antiretrovirals. It is used to treat HIV (human immunodeficiency virus), the virus that can cause AIDS (acquired immunodeficiency syndrome). It helps to control HIV infection so your immune system can work better.

Efavir 200mg Tablet reduces the chances of getting HIV-related complications and improves your lifespan. It can be taken empty stomach or with food and is prescribed in combination with other HIV medicines. Taking all these medicines regularly at the right times greatly increases their effectiveness and reduces the chances of HIV becoming resistant to them. It is important to keep taking them regularly until your doctor tells you it is safe to stop.

Common side effects of this medicine include headache, nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, fatigue, diarrhea, and rash. These are usually not serious but tell your doctor if they bother you or do not go away. Consult your doctor urgently if you experience a skin reaction or liver damage. 

Before taking it, tell your doctor if you have any skin, liver, or kidney problems. While using it, you may need regular blood tests to check your blood cell counts and liver function. Avoid drinking alcohol as it may increase your risk of liver damage. Pregnant or breastfeeding mothers should consult their doctor before using this medicine. Do not have unprotected sex or share personal items like razors or toothbrushes, if you are HIV positive. Talk to your doctor about safe ways like condoms to prevent HIV transmission during sex.

Uses of Efavir Tablet

Benefits of Efavir Tablet

In HIV infection

Efavir 200mg Tablet works by preventing the HIV virus from multiplying in your body. It helps control the infection and makes your immune system work better. This lowers your chances of getting complications such as new infections and improves your quality of life. This medicine is always taken in combination with other antiretroviral medicines.

It is not a cure for HIV or AIDS and should not be used to prevent HIV after accidental exposure to a risk. It is important that you take Efavir 200mg Tablet as prescribed, following the dosage recommended by your doctor. Taking all doses in the right amount at the right times greatly increases the effectiveness of your combination of medicines and reduces the chances of your HIV infection becoming resistant to antiretroviral medicines. However, taking this medicine will not prevent you from passing HIV to other people.

Side effects of Efavir Tablet

Most side effects do not require any medical attention and disappear as your body adjusts to the medicine. Consult your doctor if they persist or if you’re worried about them

Common side effects of Efavir

  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Agranulocytosis (deficiency of granulocytes in the blood)
  • Insomnia (difficulty in sleeping)
  • Sleepiness
  • Vomiting
  • Allergic reaction
  • Nausea
  • Abnormal dreams
  • Fatigue
  • Increased liver enzymes
  • Anxiety
  • Fever
  • Itching
  • Difficulty in paying attention
  • Increased triglyceride level in blood
  • Rash

How to use Efavir Tablet

Take this medicine in the dose and duration as advised by your doctor. Swallow it as a whole. Do not chew, crush or break it. Efavir 200mg Tablet is to be taken empty stomach.

How Efavir Tablet works

Efavir 200mg Tablet prevents the multiplication of HIV virus in human cells, thereby stopping the HIV virus from producing new viruses.

Safety Advice

Alcohol
CAUTION
Caution is advised when consuming alcohol with Efavir 200mg Tablet. Please consult your doctor.
Pregnancy
CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR
Efavir 200mg Tablet is unsafe to use during pregnancy as there is definite evidence of risk to the developing baby. However, the doctor may rarely prescribe it in some life-threatening situations if the benefits are more than the potential risks. Please consult your doctor.
Breastfeeding
SAFE IF PRESCRIBED
Efavir 200mg Tablet is probably safe to use during breastfeeding. Limited human data suggests that the drug does not represent any significant risk to the baby.
Driving
UNSAFE
Efavir 200mg Tablet may decrease alertness, affect your vision or make you feel sleepy and dizzy. Do not drive if these symptoms occur.
Kidney
SAFE IF PRESCRIBED
Efavir 200mg Tablet is probably safe to use in patients with kidney disease. Limited data available suggests that dose adjustment of Efavir 200mg Tablet may not be needed in these patients. Please consult your doctor.
Liver
CAUTION
Efavir 200mg Tablet should be used with caution in patients with liver disease. Dose adjustment of Efavir 200mg Tablet may be needed. Please consult your doctor.
Use of Efavir 200mg Tablet is not recommended in patients with moderate and severe liver disease.

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Quick Tips

  • Efavir 200mg Tablet is used in combination with other medicines for the treatment of HIV (human immunodeficiency virus).
  • Take it on an empty stomach, preferably at bedtime to reduce side effects.
  • Do not skip any doses and finish the full course of treatment even if you feel better.
  • You can also pass on HIV or HBV to others. Don't share needles or personal items that can have blood or body fluids on them.
  • Your doctor may check your liver function regularly. Inform your doctor if you notice yellowing of eyes or skin, dark urine, or stomach pain.
  • You might experience dizziness or abnormal dreams during initial days of treatment. Consult with a doctor if it bothers you or does not go away. 
  • Use a reliable method of contraception to prevent pregnancy while taking this medicine.

Fact Box

Chemical Class
Non-nucleoside analog
Habit Forming
No
Therapeutic Class
ANTI INFECTIVES

Interaction with Drugs

Taking Efavir with any of the following medicines can modify the effect of either of them and cause some undesirable side effects
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Patient Concerns

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i have unprotected sex with my friend. Can I take any drugs now to prevent any STD/HIV infection
Dr. Shyam Gupta
Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Hello PATIENT to 1mg. There is some medicine for prophylactic but you need to see physician for prescription and better you check HIV status of both partner
hello, one of my frnd suffering with hiv infection from last 2yrs her cd4 is more than 470 and viral load is zero undetectable now she is using art medicines i have doubt that can we have to use art medicine in the whole life or can we stop it once we get viral load zero
Dr. Atula Gupta
Dermatology
You still need to be on ART even if the viral load is undetectable
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FAQs

Q. What is Efavir 200mg Tablet? What is it used for?

Efavir 200mg Tablet belongs to a group of medicines called antiretrovirals. It is used to treat human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), which if not controlled can cause AIDS (acquired immunodeficiency syndrome). It helps to control HIV infection so your immune system can work better.

Q. Is Efavir 200mg Tablet safe?

Efavir 200mg Tablet is safe if used in the dose and duration advised by your doctor. Take it exactly as directed and do not skip any dose. Follow your doctor's instructions carefully and let your doctor know if any of the side effects bother you.

Q. How does Efavir 200mg Tablet work?

Efavir 200mg Tablet works by blocking the function of an enzyme, called reverse transcriptase, which is responsible for the HIV replication process. This helps to reduce the level of HIV in the blood.

Q. Is Efavir 200mg Tablet effective?

Efavir 200mg Tablet is effective if used in the dose and duration advised by your doctor. Do not stop taking it even if you see improvement in your condition. If you stop using Efavir 200mg Tablet too early, the symptoms may return or worsen.

Q. What if I forget to take a dose of Efavir 200mg Tablet?

If you forget a dose of Efavir 200mg Tablet, take it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and take the next scheduled dose in the prescribed time. Do not double the dose to make up for the missed one as this may increase the chances of developing side effects.

Q. Is it safe to take Efavir 200mg Tablet in pregnancy?

No, Efavir 200mg Tablet is not safe to be taken in pregnancy. Some animal studies have shown that Efavir 200mg Tablet may cause birth defects if given to pregnant mothers. Therefore, it is advisable not to take Efavir 200mg Tablet if you are pregnant, planning to conceive or breastfeeding.

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Expires on or after: February, 2021

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