Quick Answer: Do You Have To Take PEP At The Same Time Everyday?

What time should I take PEP?

PEP (post-exposure prophylaxis) means taking medicine to prevent HIV after a possible exposure.

PEP should be used only in emergency situations and must be started within 72 hours after a recent possible exposure to HIV..

What is the success rate for PEP treatment?

How well does PEP work? PEP does not prevent 100% of HIV infections but it is very effective at preventing HIV if used consistently and correctly. Observational research suggests that PEP can reduce the risk of getting HIV by more than 80%, which means some people in the studies acquired HIV despite taking PEP.

How effective is PEP after 12 hours?

This, as highlighted above, has been demonstrated in animal models. Thus, even though PEP is often offered for up to 72 hours after exposure, it should be initiated as early as possible. After 72 hours, PEP is not effective, and there are gradations in efficacy from 24 hours postexposure, to 36, 48, and 72 hours.

How long does PEP last?

How Long Do I Need to Take PEP? If you are prescribed PEP, you will need to take the HIV medicines every day for 28 days. You will also need to return to your health care provider at certain times while taking PEP and after you finish taking it for HIV testing and other tests.

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.

When should you not take PEP?

2. Know when NOT to use it. PEP is not recommended after oral sex or other low risk activities. If you’re not sure how risky it might have been, make sure you know the risk and talk to a healthcare professional or call the PEP hotline.

What causes pep failure?

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

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.

Can I take PEP for 7 days?

PEP usually isn’t given more than 72 hours (3 days) after exposure as studies show it is unlikely to be effective. However, if you are unable to access PEP within the 72 hours, even if it has been up to 5-7 days since the exposure occurred, it is still worth seeking medical advice to see what your options are.

Can you drink alcohol with pep?

You may drink moderate amounts of alcohol (within normal recommended safe limits) while taking this medication.

How many times can you take PEP?

You take PEP 1-2 times a day for at least 28 days. The medicines used in PEP are called antiretroviral medications (ART). These medicines work by stopping HIV from spreading through your body.

Can I take PEP twice a day?

Starting treatment The current PEP regimen is Truvada (tenofovir disoproxil plus emtricitabine) one tablet daily and Kaletra (lopinavir boosted by ritonavir) two tablets twice a day for one month.

Should I take PEP after a one night stand?

Postexposure prophylaxis for HIV must begin within 72 hours after exposure. HIV postexposure prophylaxis (PEP) is time-sensitive. It must be administered within 72 hours of the exposure. And ideally, it should be administered within 4 hours after the exposure.

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.

Can I take PEP for 30 days?

Drugs used for PEP PEP should be taken for 28 days. It is important to take all the doses, at the right time and in the right way, to give PEP the best chance of working. You might be given an additional two days’ drugs if you have been at risk of exposure in the last 48 hours of the course of PEP.

Does Pep cause liver damage?

In addition, three patients reported rash a median of ten days after the initiation of PEP, leading one patient to discontinue therapy. Two patients developed mild liver toxicities (grade 1 and grade 2) 14 and 28 days after starting PEP, and there were two instances of severe liver toxicity.

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 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.