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Nevirapine

INFORMATION

Uses

Nevirapine is used in the treatment of HIV infection.

How it works

Nevirapine belongs to a class of anti-HIV medicines called non-nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors (NNRTIs). Reverse transcriptase is an enzyme that HIV needs in order to multiply. Nevirapine stops reverse transcriptase from working, and thus helps control HIV-1 infection.

Common side effects

Nausea, Noisy breathing, Itchy rash, Rash, Abdominal cramp, Abdominal pain, Angioedema (swelling of deeper layers of skin), Eye swelling, Lip swelling, Joint pain, Cough, Decreased phosphorus level in the blood, Diarrhoea, Shortness of breath, Fatigue, Fever, Headache, Hepatitis (viral infection of liver), Liver toxicity, Increased blood pressure, Jaundice, Muscle pain, Sneezing, Steven-johnsons syndrome, Urticaria, Vomiting

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Expert advice

  • Do not start or continue nevirapine, if you are allergic to nevirapine, or to any of the other ingredients of this medicine.
  • Do not start or continue nevirapine, if you have severe skin rash or skin rash with fever, blistering, mouth sores, inflammation of the eye, swelling of the face, general swelling, shortness of breath, muscle or joint pain, general feelings of illness or abdominal pain.
  • Do not start or continue nevirapine if you have inflammation of the liver (hepatitis), severe liver disease or have a high CD4 cell count.
  • Avoid using nevirapine if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

Frequently asked questions

Nevirapine

Q.Is nevirapine the same as Viramune?
Yes, Viramune is a brand name of nevirapine

Q.Is nevirapine generic?
Nevirapine is a generic drug

Q.How does nevirapine work or how is nevirapine used to treat HIV or what does nevirapine treat or how does nevirapine affect reverse transcriptase or what is nevirapine tablets used for?
Nevirapine belongs to a class of anti-HIV medicines called non-nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors (NNRTIs). Reverse transcriptase is an enzyme that HIV needs in order to multiply. Nevirapine stops reverse transcriptase from working, and helps control HIV-1 infection

Q.What is nevirapine oral suspension?
Nevirapine is available is 2 dosage forms, tablets and oral suspension.


Content on this page was last updated on 30 September, 2016, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)