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Sustiva Fact Sheet


Updated December 21, 2009


Non-Nucleoside Reverse Transcriptase Inhibitor (NNRTI)


  • 50mg capsule (gold/white)
  • 100mg capsule (white)
  • 200mg capsule (gold)
  • 600mg (yellow; oval tablet)


The standard dose is (3) 200mg capsules or (1) 600mg tablet at bedtime.


  • Take on empty stomach or with a light snack.
  • Recommended to be taken at bedtime so you can sleep through side effects if they occur.

Side Effects to Report to Your Doctor:

  • Nausea / vomiting
  • Headache / lightheadedness
  • Rash (usually goes away without stopping Sustiva)
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Anxiety
  • Vivid, life-like dreams
  • Mood changes

Drug Interactions or Incompatibility:

Dose adjustment of Indinavir and Kaletra are required when taking Sustiva.

Special Warning:

  • Important Warning!
    Sustiva can't be taken while pregnant because of the possibility of birth defects.
  • If there is any chance you are pregnant or you are trying to get pregnant, notify your doctor immediately. A medication change will be necessary.

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