Question: Can Pep Cause Liver Damage?

Do I have to take PEP at the same time everyday?

Take your drugs at the same time each day (e.g., after breakfast, after dinner).

Put your PEP drugs near something you use daily, as a reminder.

Take your medications at the same time you brush your teeth – and place the medications near your toothbrush so you will notice them..

How bad are pep side effects?

The most common side-effects were fatigue (37% of PEP users), diarrhoea (25%), nausea (24%), flatulence (24%), abdominal cramps (21%), bloating (16%), headache (15%), vivid dreams (15%), depression (10%) and thirst (10%).

What tablets can damage your liver?

Acetaminophen. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) Aspirin, ibuprofen, and naproxen sodium can cause toxic liver disease if you take too much of the drug or take it with alcohol.

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.

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 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.

Can I take PEP for 2 weeks?

You must start the treatment as soon as possible after you’ve been exposed to HIV, ideally within a few hours. The medicines must be taken every day for 28 days (4 weeks). PEP is unlikely to work if it’s started after 3 days (72 hours) and it won’t usually be prescribed after this time.

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 causes pep failure?

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

What does PEP do to your immune system?

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.

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 late can you take PEP?

PEP, or post-exposure prophylaxis, is a short course of HIV medicines taken very soon after a possible exposure to HIV to prevent the virus from taking hold in your body. You must start it within 72 hours after you were exposed to HIV, or it won’t work. Every hour counts.