WHAT IS NEVIMUNE?
- NEVIMUNE is an antiretroviral drug and is used to treat infection with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV-1).
- The active substance in this medicine is called nevirapine.
- NEVIMUNE is indicated for the treatment of adults, adolescents, and children of any age infected with HIV
- You should take NEVIMUNE together with other antiretroviral medicines.
WHAT DO YOU NEED TO KNOW BEFORE STARTING THE THERAPY?
Do not take NEVIMUNE
- - If you are allergic to nevirapine
- - If you have already taken NEVIMUNE and you have to stop treatment if you have:
- - Severe skin rash
- - Eye inflammation
- - Swelling of the face
- - General swelling
- - Lack of air
- - Pain in the muscles or joints
- - A general feeling of the disease
- - Abdominal pain
- - Hepatitis
- - Severe liver disease
- - If you have previously had to discontinue treating NEVIMUNE because of changes in liver function
Children and adolescents
NEVIMUNE tablets can be taken by
- - Children aged 16 or over
- - Children under the age of 16:
- - Body weight of 50 kg or more, or
- - Whose body surface is more than 1.25 m
OTHER MEDICATION AND NEVIMUNE?
It is especially important to inform your doctor if you are taking or have recently taken:
- Lady's grass (Hypericum perforatum, a medicine for the treatment of depression)
- Macrolides, e.g. clarithromycin
- Hormonal contraceptives
- Medicine for the treatment of HIV infection: lopinavir/ritonavir, efavirenz, etravirine, zidovudine, fosamprenavir
- Boceprevir or telaprevir (a medicine for the treatment of hepatitis C)
Pregnancy and breastfeeding
- The use of NEVIMUNE is not recommendable in pregnancy and breastfeeding.
- Since that you may experience tiredness while taking NEVIMUNE, be careful while using the machines or driving a car.
HOW TO TAKE NEVIMUNE?
Dose: The dose is one tablet of 200 mg daily during the first 14 days of treatment ("introductory" period). After 14 days, the usual dose is one 200 mg tablet twice a day.
• If you stop taking NEVIMUNE for more than 7 days, your doctor will advise you to start again an „Introductory" period of 14 days.
WHAT ARE SIDE EFFECTS?
- Difficulty breathing
- Anaphylactic shock
- General swelling
- Lack of air
- Pain in the muscles or joints
- A decrease in the number of white blood cells (granulocytopenia)
- A general feeling of the disease
- Severe problems with the liver or kidneys (liver or kidney failure).
- Reduced number of white blood cells (granulocytopenia)
- Allergic reactions (hypersensitivity)
- A headache
- Abdominal pain
- Soft chair (diarrhea)
- Inflammation of the liver (hepatitis)
- Disturbed findings of liver research.