What is Efavirenz?

Category: Prescription Drugs

Most popular types: Sustiva Stocrin

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Efavirenz is a nonnucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors (NNRTIs). Efavirenz is an antiviral medication that prevents human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) cells from multiplying in your body. It is generally used in combination with at least two other antiretroviral agents.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) 137 56
Fever/chills 2 0
Support immune health 2 1
General health 1 0
Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura 1 0

  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 9
Moderate 18
Mild 18
None 12

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Efavirenz

Side effect Patients
Vivid dreams 19
Dizziness 10
Excessive sleeping (hypersomnia) 8
Night sweats 7
Hangover effect 5
Dehydration 3

Show all 38 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Efavirenz

Dosage Patients
600 mg daily 2

Why patients stopped taking Efavirenz

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Doctor's advice 26
Side effects too severe 22
Other 16
Course of treatment ended 6
Did not seem to work 4
Personal research 4
Change in health plan coverage 3
Expense 2
See all 66 patients who’ve stopped taking Efavirenz

Duration

Currently taking Efavirenz

Duration Patients
1 - 2 years 1
2 - 5 years 1

Stopped taking Efavirenz

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 5
1 - 6 months 15
6 months - 1 year 6
1 - 2 years 8
2 - 5 years 21
5 - 10 years 9
10 years or more 2
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 52
Usually 5
Sometimes 0
Never taken as prescribed 0
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 2
Somewhat hard to take 6
A little hard to take 12
Not at all hard to take 37
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 3
$100-199 0
$50-99 0
$25-49 6
< $25 21
Not specified 27

What people switch to and from

Patients stopped taking Efavirenz and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Tenofovir Disoproxil-Lamivudine-Efavirenz 3
Emtricitabine-Tenofovir (Truvada) 1
rilpivirine 1
Stribild 1
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6 patient evaluations for Efavirenz

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Jovem Soropositivo
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Jovem Soropositivo
Gender: M
Data Quality: 2 stars
Mental Symptoms : none
Physical Symptoms : none
342
VL 0
I am: vg
I have:
HIV

See Jovem Soropositivo's full Efavirenz history

May 10, 2015 (Started May 04, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus))
  • Side effects
    Mild (Drowsiness, Mental confusion, Vivid dreams)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 600 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Sep 19, 2012 (Started May 04, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus))
  • Side effects
    Mild (Drowsiness, Mental confusion, Vivid dreams)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 600 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: NEVER drink alcohol after taking the pill. If you're going to drink, take the medication afterwords.
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
samantha12
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samantha12
Gender: M
Data Quality: 2 stars
Mental Symptoms : moderate
Physical Symptoms : mild
745
VL 0
I am: n
I have:
HIV

See samantha12's full Efavirenz history

Jun 23, 2014 (Started Feb 21, 2013)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus))
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 600 mg Daily

  • 0 helpful marks
othee
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othee
Data Quality: 0 stars
Mental Symptoms : mild
Physical Symptoms : none
130
VL 0
I have:
HIV

See othee's full Efavirenz history

Apr 14, 2009 (Started Apr 14, 2006)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus))
  • Side effects
    Moderate (Vivid dreams, Night sweats)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 600 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: the benefits far outweigh the downside for me. It can be different for other folks, the stuff was poisonous to a friend, he developed pancreatitis and nearly died. I trust it's effectiveness though, i've not experienced mutations or resistance, even when i lapsed for a month on this as well as my epzicom, again resulting in a miserable rash.
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: Vivid dreams, Night sweats

  • 0 helpful marks
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