nevirapine (generic name)

It is used with other medicines to treat HIV
(ne VYE ra peen)
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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 side effects listed below 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 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

Where should I keep my medicine?

Keep out of the reach of children.

Store at room temperature between 15 and 30 degrees C (59 and 86 degrees F). Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.

Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.

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Last Updated: November 12, 2012
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