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Nevirapine is used in the treatment of HIV infection

How it works

Nevirapine prevents the multiplication of HIV virus in human cells. Thus stops the HIV virus from producing new viruses.

Common side effects

Fatigue, Nausea, Headache, Vomiting, Rash, Insomnia, Dizziness

Available Medicine

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


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 04 January, 2017, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)