Quick Answer: Can I Take PEP Before Eating?

Can you take PEP without food?

The most common side effects associated with Kaletra are diarrhoea, nausea and vomiting; for Truvada the most common are headache, dizziness and nausea.

Taking tablets with food can help reduce nausea, but they can be taken without food..

When should 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.

Can you take Truvada on an empty stomach?

There are no specific types or amounts of food that need to be taken with Truvada. You can take Truvada with a substantial snack, or up to 30 minutes after a main meal. There is information to suggest that taking Truvada on an empty stomach works just as well as taking with food.

How soon can I eat after taking ARV?

It is recommended that the anti-HIV drug efavirenz (Sustiva, also in Atripla) is taken on an empty stomach. This means having a two-hour gap between eating and taking your medication. You should then wait at least one hour before eating again.

What can make Pep fail?

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

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.”