Nevirapine is used in case of HIV infection, in combination with other drugs. Despite not being able to cure the infection itself, it can reduce the risk of it evolving into AIDS or developing other diseases associated with HIV, such as severe infections or cancers and transmitting the infection. It is also sometimes be used to prevent women with HIV or AIDS in transmitting the virus to their children during childbirth.


What is Nevirapine?

Nevirapine is an inhibitor of the viral reverse transcriptase. It acts by reducing the amount of HIV in the blood.


How should Nevirapine be taken?

Nevirapine may be administered orally in the form of tablets or liquid solution. Generally, the dosage is one intake per day for two weeks and subsequently, two intakes per day.


Side effects associated with Nevirapine

Possible side effects of Nevirapine include the following:

  • Headache
  • Diarrhea
  • Severe liver damage


It is important to contact a doctor immediately in the event that Nevirapine triggers:

  • Skin reactions
  • Allergic reactions


Contraindications and warnings associated with the use of Nevirapine

Nevirapine can interfere with the action of oral contraceptives, which is why it is necessary to inform your doctor if you are taking them.


Before starting a Nevirapine-based therapy, it is important to inform your doctor:

  • If you have any allergies to the active substance or any of its excipients
  • If you are taking any other medicinal products, herbal remedies or supplements. Mentioning in particular:  other drugs against HIV or AIDS, anticoagulants, antifungals, calcium antagonists, clarithromycin, anticancer, cisapride, cyclosporine, ergot derivatives, fentanyl, drugs to control an irregular heartbeat, anticonvulsants, methadone, prednisone, rifabutin, rifampin, sirolimus, tacrolimus, and St. John's wort
  • If you suffer (or have suffered) from liver disease (especially hepatitis B or C) or kidney disease
  • If you are on dialysis
  • If you are pregnant or breastfeeding