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Why is this medication prescribed?
Nevirapine is used to treat human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection in patients with or without acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS). Nevirapine is always used along with at least one other antiviral medication to reduce the amount of virus in the blood. Nevirapine is not a cure and may not decrease the number of HIV-related illnesses. Nevirapine does not prevent the spread of HIV to other people.
This medication is sometimes prescribed for other uses; ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.
How should this medicine be used?
Nevirapine comes as a capsule to take by mouth. It is usually taken once daily for the first 2 weeks of therapy, and then the dose is increased to twice daily. The dose is lower at first to lessen the risk of side effects. Follow the directions on your prescription label carefully, and ask your doctor or pharmacist to explain any part you do not understand. Take nevirapine exactly as directed. Do not take more or less of it or take it more often than prescribed by your doctor.
Continue to take nevirapine even if you feel well. Do not stop taking nevirapine without talking to your doctor.
What special precautions should I follow?
Before taking nevirapine,
What special dietary instructions should I follow?
Nevirapine may cause upset stomach. Take nevirapine with food or milk.
What should I do if I forget a dose?
Take the missed dose as soon as you remember it. However, if it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and continue your regular dosing schedule. Do not take a double dose to make up for a missed one.
What side effects can this medication cause?
Side effects from nevirapine are common. Tell your doctor if any of these symptoms are severe or do not go away:
If you experience the following symptom or those listed in the IMPORTANT WARNING section, call your doctor immediately:
Keep this medication in the container it came in, tightly closed, and out of reach of children. Store it at room temperature and away from excess heat and moisture (not in the bathroom). Throw away any medication that is outdated or no longer needed. Talk to your pharmacist about the proper disposal of your medication.
In case of emergency/overdose
In case of overdose, call your local poison control center at 1-800-222-1222. If the victim has collapsed or is not breathing, call local emergency services at 911.
What other information should I know?
Do not let anyone else take your medication. Ask your pharmacist any questions you have about refilling your prescription.
Last updated: Tue, 06 Jan 2009 00:20:03 GMT