Viramune; Viramune XR
Auro-Nevirapine; Mylan-Nevirapine; Teva-Nevirapine; Viramune; Viramune XR
- Very bad and sometimes deadly liver problems have happened with this drug. The chance is highest within the first 18 weeks of taking this drug but can happen at any time. The chance is highest in women and in people with certain CD4 counts but can happen in men and in people with any CD4 count. Get medical help right away if your child has a rash or signs of liver problems like dark urine, feeling tired, not hungry, upset stomach or stomach pain, light-colored stools, throwing up, or yellow skin or eyes.
- Do not give this drug to prevent HIV if your child has been exposed to it. It must only be used if your child has HIV. Talk with the doctor.
- A very bad skin reaction (Stevens-Johnson syndrome/toxic epidermal necrolysis) may happen. It can cause very bad health problems that may not go away, and sometimes death. Get medical help right away if your child has signs like red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin (with or without fever); red or irritated eyes; or sores in the mouth, throat, nose, or eyes.
- Your child’s doctor will be watching closely during the first 18 weeks of therapy. If your child has a bad skin reaction, an allergy, or any signs of liver problems, NEVER give him/her nevirapine again.
- It is used to treat HIV infection.
- If your child has an allergy to this drug or any part of this drug.
- If your child is allergic to any drugs like this one or any other drugs, foods, or other substances. Tell the doctor about the allergy and what signs your child had, like rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other signs.
- If your child has liver disease.
- If your child is taking another drug that has the same drug in it.
- If your child is taking any of these drugs: Atazanavir, delavirdine, efavirenz, etravirine, fosamprenavir without ritonavir, itraconazole, ketoconazole, lopinavir and ritonavir one time each day, rifampin, rilpivirine, or St. John’s wort.
- Tell dentists, surgeons, and other doctors that your child is using this drug.
- Do not run out of this drug.
- Have your child’s blood work checked often. Talk with your child’s doctor.
- This drug is not a cure for HIV. Be sure your child stays under the care of the doctor.
- This drug does not stop the spread of diseases like HIV or hepatitis that are passed through blood. Be sure needles and other things like toothbrushes or razors are not shared. Talk with the doctor.
- Use with care in children. Talk with the doctor.
If your child is or may be sexually active:
- This drug does not stop the spread of diseases like HIV or hepatitis that are passed through having sex. Be sure your child does not have any kind of sex without using a latex or polyurethane condom. Talk with the doctor.
- Birth control pills and other hormone-based birth control may not work as well to prevent pregnancy. Be sure your child uses some other kind of birth control also like a condom when taking this drug.
If your child is pregnant or breast-feeding a baby:
- Tell the doctor if your child is pregnant or becomes pregnant. You will need to talk about the benefits and risks of your child using this drug while pregnant.
- Be sure your child does not breast-feed a baby if she has HIV disease unless the doctor tells her to.
- Do not give this drug to a child younger than 6 years of age.
- Signs of an allergic reaction, like rash; hives; itching; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin with or without fever; wheezing; tightness in the chest or throat; trouble breathing or talking; unusual hoarseness; or swelling of the mouth, face, lips, tongue, or throat.
- Feeling very tired or weak.
- Not able to pass urine or change in how much urine is passed.
- Flu-like signs.
- Muscle or joint pain.
- Swollen gland.
- This drug may help the immune system work. If your child has an infection that you did not know was there, it may show up when your child takes this drug. Tell your child’s doctor right away if you see any signs of infection like fever, sore throat, weakness, cough, or shortness of breath after your child starts this drug.
- Upset stomach or throwing up.
- Change in body fat.
- You may see parts of this drug in your child’s stool.
- To gain the most benefit, do not miss giving your child doses.
- Give as you have been told, even if your child feels well.
- Give this drug with or without food.
- Have your child swallow whole. Do not let your child chew, break, or crush.
- Shake well before use.
- Measure liquid doses carefully. Use the measuring device that comes with this drug. If there is none, get an oral syringe, a dropper, a spoon, or a cup (only for older children) from your pharmacist.
- If using a dosing cup, rinse the rest of the drug in the cup with water after your child takes the dose and have your child drink.
- Give a missed dose as soon as you think about it.
- If it is close to the time for your child’s next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your child’s normal time.
- Do not give 2 doses at the same time or extra doses.
- If you miss giving your child 7 days of this drug, call your doctor to find out what to do.
- Store at room temperature.
- Store in a dry place. Do not store in a bathroom.
- Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
- Check with your pharmacist about how to throw out unused drugs.
- If your child’s symptoms or health problems do not get better or if they become worse, call your child’s doctor.
- Do not share your child’s drug with others and do not give anyone else’s drug to your child.
- Keep a list of all your child’s drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your child’s doctor.
- Talk with your child’s doctor before giving your child any new drug, including prescription or OTC, natural products, or vitamins.
- Some drugs may have another patient information leaflet. If you have any questions about this drug, please talk with your child’s doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
- If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.
If you have any questions or concerns, talk with a member of your healthcare team. You can reach them Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm at ____________________. After 5:00 pm, during the weekend, and on holidays, please call____________________. If there’s no number listed, or you’re not sure, call 212-639-2000.