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Generic: nevirapine
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It is used with other medicines to treat HIV
               



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What may interact with this medicine?

Do not take this medicine with any of the following medications:
  • itraconazole
  • ketoconazole
  • rifampin
  • rifapentine
  • St. John's Wort

This medicine may also interact with the following medications:

  • female hormones, like estrogens or progestins and birth control pills, patches, rings, or injections
  • cisapride
  • clarithromycin
  • cyclophosphamide
  • cyclosporine
  • ergotamine
  • fentanyl
  • fluconazole
  • medicines for blood pressure like diltiazem, nifedipine, verapamil
  • medicines for irregular heart beat like amiodarone, disopyramide, lidocaine
  • medicines for seizures like carbamazepine, clonazepam, ethosuximide
  • methadone
  • other medicines for HIV
  • rifabutin
  • sirolimus
  • tacrolimus
  • warfarin

What should I watch for while using this medicine?

Visit your doctor or health care professional for regular check ups. Discuss any new symptoms with your doctor. You will need to have important blood work done while on this medicine.

HIV is spread to others through sexual or blood contact. Talk to your doctor about how to stop the spread of HIV.

Birth control pills may not work properly while you are taking this medicine. Talk to your doctor about using an extra method of birth control. Women who can still have children must use a reliable form of barrier contraception, like a condom or diaphragm.

Severe liver reactions or skin rashes are seen in some patients taking this medicine. The risk of these reactions is greatest during the first 18 weeks of treatment, but can happen anytime. Be sure to carefully monitor for the mentioned side effects and contact your doctor when necessary.

What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?

Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
  • allergic reactions like skin rash, blisters, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue
  • dark urine
  • fever
  • general ill feeling or flu- like symptoms
  • light- colored stools
  • loss of appetite, nausea
  • muscle or joint aches
  • right upper belly pain
  • red or swollen eyes
  • redness, blistering, peeling or loosening of the skin, including inside the mouth
  • unusually weak or tired
  • yellowing of the eyes or skin

Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (Report these to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome.):

  • diarrhea
  • headache
  • weight gain around waist, back, or thinning of face, arms, legs

               
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