Can I take Generic Sustiva (Efavirenz) while pregnant or breastfeeding?
In 2005, Generic Sustiva (Efavirenz) was reclassified from Pregnancy Category C to Category D by the FDA. This means that this medication could cause birth defects in an unborn child. Pregnancy should be avoided while taking Generic Sustiva (Efavirenz) and if you are pregnant before using this medication or fall pregnant during treatment, you should inform your doctor immediately. Your physician will way up the risks and benefits of this medication before deciding whether or not to go ahead with the treatment.
It is not yet know whether Generic Sustiva (Efavirenz) is excreted into breast milk. When taking this medication, you should consult your doctor before breast feeding, as the HIV-virus could infect a nursing infant through breastmilk.
Generic Sustiva (Efavirenz) decreases the effectiveness of the birth control pill. Therefore, an extra barrier method (such as a condom) should be used during the treatment and for 3 months thereafter.