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What is Nevirapine used for?

Nevirapine is used to treat human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection. It belongs to a class of medications called non-nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors. Nevirapine is used together with other anti-HIV drugs. This medication works by lowering the amount of HIV in the blood. This medicine may also be used to treat other conditions as determined by your doctor.

What is the recommended dosage of Nevirapine?

The dosage of Nevirapine prescribed to each patient will vary. Always follow your physician’s instructions and/or the directions on the prescription drug label.

Nevirapine is usually taken with or without food.

What if you miss a dose of Nevirapine?

If your physician has instructed or directed you to take Nevirapine medication in a regular schedule and you have missed a dose of this medicine, take it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, then skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not double the doses unless otherwise directed.

What if you overdose on Nevirapine?

Any medication taken in excess can have serious consequences. If you suspect an overdose of Nevirapine, seek medical attention immediately.

What other drugs could interact with Nevirapine?

It may be noted that drugs other than those listed above may also interact with Nevirapine.

Usually drug interactions occur when it is taken with another drug or with food. Before you take a medication for a particular ailment, you should inform the health expert about intake of any other medications including non-prescription medications, over-the-counter medicines that may increase the effect of Nevirapine, and dietary supplements like vitamins, minerals and herbal, so that the doctor can warn you of any possible drug interactions.

Nevirapine can interact with anti-arrhythmic drugs, anti-seizure drugs, and anti-fungals.

Do let your doctor know if you smoke, consume alcohol or caffeinated drinks, or use illegal drugs as these may interfere with the action of your medication. Make sure to inform your doctor of any medical conditions you may have, or any family history of medical problems. Do not start or stop using any medicine without consulting your doctor.

What are the side effects of Nevirapine?

Like other medicines, Nevirapine can cause some side effects. If they do occur, the side effects of Nevirapine are most likely to be minor and temporary. However, some may be serious and may require the individual to inform the doctor or visit the nearest hospital immediately.

It is pertinent to note that side effects of Nevirapine cannot be anticipated. If any side effects of Nevirapine develop or change in intensity, the doctor should be informed as soon as possible.

Nevirapine can cause side effects such as nausea, headache, fever, mouth sores, and diarrhea. This is not a complete list of all side effects. Do concur with your doctor and follow his directions completely when you are taking Nevirapine.

What are the questions to ask your doctor before taking Nevirapine?

Is it possible for me to take Nevirapine with other drugs?
Should certain beverages, foods and other products be avoided when I take Nevirapine?
What are the possible drug interactions of Nevirapine?
How will Nevirapine work in my body?
How should Nevirapine be taken?
How to reduce the risk of Nevirapine drug interactions and side effects?


The health and medical information provided here is intended to supplement and not substitute for the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacists or other health care professional. It should not be understood to indicate that the use of Nevirapine is safe, appropriate or effective for you. Always consult your health care professional before using this, or any other, drug.


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