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Generic name: nevirapine

Viramune

Maker:
Boehringer Ingelheim

What it does:
Helps prevent replication of HIV

Traditional dosage:
One 200 mg tablet daily for first 14 days, then one 200 mg twice daily. Also available in oral suspension; 100 mg tablet for children; or an extended-release formulation, for which dosage is one 200 mg tablet of immediate-release Viramune once daily for 14 days, followed by one 400 mg tablet of Viramune XR once daily.

Drug interactions, precautions, & recommendations:
Do not take with St. John’s Wort, Sustiva, Atripla, Kaletra, Lexiva, Reyataz, Nizoral, Sporanox, Rifadin, Rifamate, Rifater, Victrelis, Incivek, or birth control pills. Tell your doctor if you’re taking Biaxin, Diflucan, Crixivan, methadone, Viracept, Mycobutin, Coumadin, Jantoven, or Invirase. Discontinue immediately if you develop signs of hepatitis, severe skin reactions, or rash with systemic symptoms.

Side effects:
Most serious: severe psychiatric problems, including suicidal thoughts; liver disorders; severe rash
Other: dizziness, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, rash, sleep disturbances, drowsiness, trouble concentrating, unusual dreams

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