How it works
Sustiva prevents viral multiplication and restricts the spread of the virus in the body.
Guidelines for Usage
Follow the dosage instructions provided by your doctor or as mentioned in the instruction booklet/product label.
Taking sustiva with food, especially a high-fat meal can lead to increased blood levels of the drug and increase your risk of having side effects.
It is best when taken at bedtime during the first month of use.
Using this drug regularly at bedtime may decrease certain side effects.
Doctors recommend that you swallow the whole tablet/capsules with a glass of water unless it is specified that it can be broken or chewed.
NOTE: Use only if prescribed to you and intended for your use. Do not share with others.
It is common for people to forget their dosage times and miss doses.
Do not panic if you have missed a dose.
Instead, skip the missed dose and take your next dose at the scheduled time. Do not double up or take more than what the doctor has prescribed.
How do I store Sustiva
The medicine label contains detailed instructions regarding safe storage of the medication. Most medicines are best stored at room temperature between 15 and 30 degrees C (59 and 86 degrees F). Some medications may require to be refrigerated. Please check the product label.
Keep it away from the reach of children. Ensure that it is not exposed to direct sunlight or moisture.
Ask your pharmacist about safely disposing off medication that is past expiry date.
What if I overdose on Sustiva
You must immediately contact an emergency poison control center if you suspect an overdose. An overdose with Sustiva may have certain adverse side effects.
Safety Information/ Warning Precautions
Discuss your medical history with your healthcare provider before you start using any new medication.
Ensure that you mention the following:
• Any prior serious ailment, lifestyle disease or surgery
• All the prescription drugs, OTC health supplements, herbal supplements that you are using currently
• Your alcohol intake and whether you smoke or not
• Any history of a known allergic reaction to prescription drugs or food
• You have allergies, mental disorders, liver disease (such as hepatitis).
The drug is known to cause drowsiness or dizziness. Your vision may be blurred and your judgement affected if you consume alcohol with this medication. So, avoid using alcohol while using the drug.
These effects may also get aggravated due to hot weather or fever or severe exercise. So, be cautious when you stand up after a long time from a sitting or lying position. If you feel giddy then lie down immediately and seek medical help.
To be avoided
You must avoid using Sustiva if it you are allergic to any ingredient in it.
Doctors may recommend liver function tests. Please keep all appointments.
Important Information for Pregnant Women
Women should only use this medication if they have a negative pregnancy test. A pregnancy has to be avoided at all costs while using this medication.