What is Stocrin and what is it used for?
Stocrin is an antiviral medicine that is used together with other antiviral medicines to treat patients aged three years or older infected with human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1), a virus that causes acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS).
How is Stocrin used?
Stocrin can only be obtained with a prescription and treatment should be started by a doctor who has experience in the management of HIV infection. It is recommended that Stocrin be taken on an empty stomach and without food, preferably at bedtime.
How does Stocrin work?
The active substance in Stocrin, efavirenz, is a non-nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitor (NNRTI). It blocks the activity of reverse transcriptase, an enzyme produced by HIV that allows it to reproduce itself in the cells it has infected.
What benefits of Stocrin have been shown in studies?
Stocrin has shown benefit in controlling HIV infection in three main studies involving over 1,100 adults. In all of the studies, the main measure of effectiveness was the number of patients with undetectable levels of HIV-1 in their blood (viral loads) after 24 or 48 weeks of treatment.
What are the risks associated with Stocrin?
The most common side effect with Stocrin (seen in more than 1 patient in 10) is rash. Stocrin is also commonly associated with dizziness, headache, nausea (feeling sick) and tiredness. Taking Stocrin with food may lead to an increase in the frequency of side effects. For the full list of side effects reported with Stocrin, see the package leaflet.