I’m pregnant, do I need to take medication?
I’m 6 months pregnant. Last month I started medication. I didn’t feel well when I was taking it, so I stopped. My doctor told me that I need to take my medication. I started medication again on Sunday. I woke up and vomited, I really don’t feel well and want to stop. Can I stop?
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What your doctor has told you is correct, you need to be on treatment. This is important because you’re pregnant. Its the treatment, so ARVs that will reduce the risk of transmission to your baby. If you don’t use ARVs you risk infecting your baby. Please see here for more info: https://i-base.info/guides/pregnancy
When someone starts medication, especially if it contains efavirenz its common to have side effects. These side effects should go within a few weeks. However, if you’re really struggling with your current treatment, you should talk to your doctor about changing.
Though this can be a difficult period, its very important that you use ARVs.