How Many Days Do You Take PEP?

Can I take PEP more than 28 days?

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..

Is Pep effective at 48 hours?

Cases had significantly lower odds of having taken zidovudine after exposure compared to controls (OR 0.19, 95% CI 0.06 – 0.52). Another study suggested PEP was approximately 65% efficacious in preventing transmission to infants born to untreated HIV infected women when initiated within 48 hours of peripartum exposure.

Does Pep weaken the immune system?

PEP does not “strengthen the immune system.” PEP (post-exposure prophylaxis) is a combination of antiretroviral drugs. They are used in this setting to try to prevent HIV transmission (infection) following an exposure.

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.

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.

Is Pep effective if taken for 22 days?

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.

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.

Can I take PEP after 5 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.

Why do you have to take PEP for 28 days?

Post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) is the use of short-term antiretroviral therapy (ART) to reduce the risk of acquisition of HIV infection following exposure. Current guidelines recommend a 28-day course of ART within 36–72 hours of exposure to HIV.

Can I 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.

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.

What causes pep failure?

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