efavirenz - oral, Sustiva
GENERIC NAME: EFAVIRENZ - ORAL (eh-FAV-er-enz)
BRAND NAME(S): Sustiva
USES: Efavirenz helps control your HIV infection, thereby improving your quality of life. It is used in combination with other anti-HIV medications. It helps to decrease the amount of HIV in your body so your immune system can work better. It also lowers your risk of getting HIV disease complications (such as new infections, cancer). Efavirenz belongs to a class of drugs known as non-nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors (NNRTIs).Efavirenz is not a cure for HIV infection and it does not prevent the spread of HIV to others through sexual contact or blood contamination (such as sharing used needles).OTHER This section contains uses of this drug that are not listed in the approved professional labeling for the drug but that may be prescribed by your health care professional. Use this drug for a condition that is listed in this section only if it has been so prescribed by your health care professional.Efavirenz may also be used with other medications to prevent HIV infection after contact with the virus.
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