Information about Nevirapine

Nevirapine Uses

Nevirapine is used in the treatment of HIV infection.

How Nevirapine works

Nevirapine prevents the multiplication of HIV virus in human cells, thereby stopping the HIV virus from producing new viruses.

Common side effects of Nevirapine

Headache, Vomiting, Nausea, Abdominal pain, Fatigue, Increased liver enzymes, Hepatitis (viral infection of liver), Rash, Diarrhea
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Available Medicine for Nevirapine

NevirEmcure Pharmaceuticals Ltd
637 to ₹8722 variant(s)
NevimuneCipla Ltd
157 to ₹9463 variant(s)
NevivirHetero Drugs Ltd
9461 variant(s)
NeviretroAlkem Laboratories Ltd
1371 variant(s)
NevihopeMacleods Pharmaceuticals Pvt Ltd
8291 variant(s)
NevirexVeritaz Healthcare Ltd
1421 variant(s)
NevipanSun Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd
8501 variant(s)
NevimatMylan Pharmaceuticals Pvt Ltd - A Viatris Company
9001 variant(s)

Expert advice for Nevirapine

  • You have been prescribed Nevirapine for the treatment of HIV (human immunodeficiency virus).
  • Take it as per dose and duration suggested by your doctor.
  • If you miss a dose for more than 7 days, consult your doctor as dose modification may be required. 
  • You might notice skin reactions during the first 2 weeks of treatment. Inform your doctor if you notice a fever, swelling of face, mouth sores, blistering of skin and trouble breathing.
  • Your doctor may check your liver function regularly for a period of 18 weeks. Inform your doctor if you notice yellowing of eyes or skin, dark urine or stomach pain.
  • It makes birth control pills less effective in nature. Ask your doctor about other suitable methods of preventing pregnancy.

Frequently asked questions for Nevirapine


Q. What is Nevirapine? What is it used for?

Nevirapine belongs to a group of medicines called antiretrovirals. It is used to treat human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), which if not controlled can cause AIDS (acquired immunodeficiency syndrome). It helps to control HIV infection so your immune system can work better.

Q. Is Nevirapine safe?

Nevirapine is safe if used in the dose and duration advised by your doctor. Take it exactly as directed and do not skip any dose. Follow your doctor's instructions carefully and let your doctor know if any of the side effects bother you.

Q. How does Nevirapine work?

Nevirapine works by blocking the function of an enzyme, called reverse transcriptase, which is responsible for the HIV replication process. This helps to reduce the level of HIV in the blood.

Q. How should I take Nevirapine?

Nevirapine should be taken in the dose and duration advised by the doctor. This medicine may be taken with or without food but it is better to be taken at a fixed time of the day to avoid the chances of missing a dose.

Q. Is Nevirapine effective?

Nevirapine is effective if used in the dose and duration advised by your doctor. Do not stop taking it even if you see improvement in your condition. If you stop using Nevirapine too early, the symptoms may return or worsen.

Q. What if I forget to take a dose of Nevirapine?

If you forget a dose of Nevirapine, take it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and take the next scheduled dose in the prescribed time. Do not double the dose to make up for the missed one as this may increase the chances of developing side effects.


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