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Nevirapine

Drug Class: Commonly Known As: Category:
Antiretroviral Agent Viramune ® Children, Adult

Nevirapine - What is it for

Nevirapine is an antiretroviral agent that blocks construction of virus. It is used to decrease the amount of viruses (viral load) to as low as possible, for as long as possible.

Nevirapine - Side Effects, Precautions, and Contraindications

What side effects can Nevirapine cause?

  • Rashes
  • Nausea and vomiting. This can be prevented by eating small frequent meals or sucking on candy.
  • Stomach discomfort. Take the medicine after food to reduce gastric discomfort.
  • Headache and pain. Mild painkillers (e.g. paracetamol) can be taken to reduce the pain.
  • Diarrhea/loose stools

Inform your doctor if the side effects become severe and bothersome. Report to your doctor immediately if you or your child experience severe abdominal pain, jaundice or rashes.

Before taking Nevirapine, what precautions must I follow?

What food or medicine must I avoid when I take Nevirapine?

Nevirapine - Dosage and How to Use

How should Nevirapine be used?

Nevirapine is usually taken 2 to 3 times daily. It is usually given in combination with at least two other antiretroviral agents, to achieve significant decrease in viral multiplication. It may be started at a low dose and increased after 14 days.

Nevirapine may be administered with or without food.

What should I do if I miss a dose?

Missing doses makes Nevirapine less effective and may also make the virus resistant to Nevirapine and other possible antiretroviral agents.

If you or your child forgot to take the medication within 4 hours, administer it as soon as you remember and then continue to administer it as per normal. Otherwise, skip the missed dose and take the next dose at the usual time. Do not double or increase the dose.

If you or your child vomit within 15 minutes of administration, take another dose if possible.

What should I do if I overdose?

Nevirapine - Handling

How should I handle Nevirapine safely?

Nevirapine - Storage

How should I store Nevirapine?

Keep away from children;#Keep in a cool, dry place, away from direct sunlight;#Store at room temperature;#

How should I dispose of Nevirapine safely?

Nevirapine - Additional Information

Some medication may reduce its efficacy, or increase its toxicity. Do take any other medications or herbal products without first consulting your doctor.

  • Updated on Tuesday, October 3, 2017
  • Article contributed by Pharmacy Department KK Women's and Children's Hospital

    The information provided is not intended as medical advice. Terms of use. Information provided by SingHealth

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