Does PEP Have Any Side Effects?

Does Pep make you sick?

If you are taking PEP you could experience some unpleasant side-effects such as feeling sick, being sick, diarrhoea, tiredness, and generally feeling unwell.

The drugs used in a course of PEP today are less likely to cause side-effects than those used in the past..

What causes pep failure?

PEP failure, when it occurs, is usually attributed to delayed initiation, transmitted drug resistance, or suboptimal medication adherence.

Can you drink alcohol while on PEP?

You may drink moderate amounts of alcohol (within normal recommended safe limits) while taking this medication. If you usually take multivitamins, calcium tablets or treatment for indigestion, please discuss this with the Doctor or Nurse as they may affect how well the Raltegravir is absorbed.

What does PEP do to your body?

PEP interferes with the pathways that HIV uses to cause a permanent infection in the body. For HIV to cause infection the virus must enter the body, infect certain immune cells, make copies of itself (replicate) within these immune cells, then spread throughout the body.

Can you test positive while on PEP?

After a course of PEP you need to wait 28 days before testing for HIV. This is because PEP can delay infection.

What happens if you miss a day of pep?

If you do miss a dose and you remember in less than 24 hours, take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If you miss more than 48 hours of PEP ( two consecutive doses ) it will be discontinued.

How bad is PEP for you?

PEP may give you some side effects, but most of the time, they are mild. Common side effects include upset stomach, tiredness, diarrhea, and headaches. Tell your provider right away if the side effects are so bad that you cannot handle them. Do not stop taking PEP before talking to your provider.

Can I infect someone while on PEP?

No. Unsafe sex while taking PEP could let more HIV into your body, making PEP much more likely not to work. If after taking PEP someone’s stayed HIV negative and then has unsafe sex again, they can become infected just like any other HIV negative person.

Can Pep cause flu like symptoms?

Contact your doctor immediately if you experience any flu-like symptoms, skin rash, fever, swollen glands, or severe fatigue 2-14 weeks after exposure. What happens next? While on PEP, you may have blood tests to monitor for possible side effects. After you finish PEP, you will have blood tests to monitor you for HIV.

Does PEP have long term side effects?

As with most antiretroviral drugs, PEP can cause side effects such as diarrhoea, headaches, nausea/vomiting and fatigue. However these are usually mild and generally only last a few days with no long-term side effects.

What is the success rate of pep?

Adherence to a full 28-day course of ARVs is critical to the effectiveness of the intervention. Recent evidence shows PEP uptake has been insufficient: only 57% of the people who initiated PEP have completed the full course and rates were even lower at 40% for victims of sexual assault.

How do you know if PEP is working?

“Post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) may stop you developing an HIV infection if you’ve been exposed to the virus,” explains Michael Brady, medical director of the Terrence Higgins Trust. “It is most likely to work if it is taken ASAP, ideally within 24 hours of the risk and certainly within 72 hours.”

How many times PEP failed?

That equates to 5.2 transmissions per 1,000 PEP users, only a . 5% failure rate.

Can Pep cause liver damage?

Results: The most frequent clinical side effect was fatigue (in 23 cases, 88.5%), and gastroenterological symptoms were the second most common side effects in HCP with PEP. Liver dysfunction was found in 10 cases (38.5%), while drug rash was found in 18 cases (69.2%) after PEP.

How long must you take PEP?

PEP must be taken exactly as instructed and for 28 days. Do not skip a dose or fail to complete the full month as this makes it less likely to work. Do not double a dose if you miss one.