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    Information about Efavirenz

    Efavirenz uses

    Efavirenz is used in the treatment of HIV infection.

    How efavirenz works

    Efavirenz prevents the multiplication of HIV virus in human cells, thereby stopping the HIV virus from producing new viruses.

    Common side effects of efavirenz

    Headache, Nausea, Dizziness, Vomiting, Allergic reaction, Increased liver enzymes, Agranulocytosis (deficiency of granulocytes in the blood), Insomnia (difficulty in sleeping), Sleepiness, Abnormal dreams, Fatigue, Anxiety, Fever, Itching, Difficulty in paying attention, Increased triglyceride level in blood, Rash
    Content Details
    Written By
    Dr. Sakshi Sharma
    Reviewed By
    Dr. Lalit Kanodia
    MD (Pharmacology), MBBS
    Last updated on:
    18 Feb 2020 | 05:21 PM (IST)
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    Expert advice for Efavirenz

    • Efavirenz 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.

    Content on this page was last updated on 18 February, 2020, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)