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
Agranulocytosis (deficiency of granulocytes in the blood)
Insomnia (difficulty in sleeping)
Increased liver enzymes
Difficulty in paying attention
Increased triglyceride level in blood
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.
Caution is advised when consuming alcohol with Efavir 200mg Tablet. Please consult your doctor.
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.
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.
Efavir 200mg Tablet may decrease alertness, affect your vision or make you feel sleepy and dizzy. Do not drive if these symptoms occur.
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.
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.