Also known as: Nevirapine
Nevirapine is used in combination with other medicines for the treatment of the infection caused by human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). HIV is the virus that causes acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS).
Nevirapine is a non-nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitor (NNRTI). It works by lowering the amount of HIV in the blood.
Nevirapine will not cure HIV infection or AIDS, however, it helps keep HIV from reproducing and appears to slow down the destruction of the immune system. This may help delay the development of problems that usually result from AIDS or HIV disease. Nevirapine will not keep you from spreading HIV to other people. People who receive this medicine may continue to have some of the problems usually related to AIDS or HIV disease.
This medicine is available only with your doctor's prescription.
Follow all directions on your prescription label. Your doctor may occasionally change your dose. Do not use Viramune XR in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended. Starting with a low dose can reduce your risk of skin reactions.
Carefully follow your doctor's instructions about how often to take this medicine.
Viramune XR must be given in combination with other antiviral medications and it should not be used alone.
Viramune XR can be taken with or without food.
Do not crush, chew, or break an extended-release tablet. Swallow it whole.
Shake the oral suspension (liquid) well just before you measure a dose. Measure liquid medicine with the dosing syringe provided, or with a special dose-measuring spoon or medicine cup. If you do not have a dose-measuring device, ask your pharmacist for one.
While using Viramune XR, you will need frequent blood tests (especially during the first 18 weeks of treatment).
Use Viramune XR regularly to get the most benefit. Get your prescription refilled before you run out of medicine completely.
Call your doctor at once at the first sign of any skin rash, no matter how mild.
HIV/AIDS is usually treated with a combination of drugs. Use all medications as directed by your doctor. Read the medication guide or patient instructions provided with each medication. Do not change your doses or medication schedule without your doctor's advice. Every person with HIV or AIDS should remain under the care of a doctor.
Store at room temperature away from moisture and heat.
Detailed Viramune XR dosage information
Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222.
Store Viramune tablets or oral powder at room temperature between 68-77 degrees F (20-25 degrees C). Keep Viramune in the original container. Do not use Viramune if the seal over the bottle opening is broken or missing. Keep the bottle tightly closed. Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date. Keep out of the reach of children.