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Viramune XR

Brand names: Viramune and Viramune XR.
Drug class: nnrtis

What is Viramune?

Viramunexr is a medicine that stops the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) from multiplying within your body.Viramune XR treats HIV, a virus that causes acquired immunodeficiency syndrome and AIDS. This medication is not a cure or prevention for HIV/AIDS.

Viramune XR liquid oral solution is suitable for adults and children up to 15 days of age. The extended-release tablets of this medicine are intended for adults and children older than 6 years.Viramune XR can be used in other ways not mentioned in this guide.

Viramune XR side effects

If you experience any of the following symptoms: joint or muscular pain, fever or sores in your mouth, swelling on your face, a blistering rash or skin, feeling tired or weak, tingling, burning, or pain when you urinate or in your feet or legs, chest pains or breathing difficulties, or swelling around your lips, tongue, or throat, seek emergency medical attention.

Viramune can have serious effects on the liver. This is especially true for women. If you experience any of the following liver symptoms, call your doctor immediately: nausea; loss of appetite; upper stomach pain; tiredness or fever.Viramune XR can also cause severe skin reactions. This is a medical crisis.

Viramune XR can increase your risk of certain infections and autoimmune diseases by altering the way that your immune system functions. This medicine may cause symptoms to appear weeks or even months after treatment. You should tell your doctor if:

  • Signs of a new infection: fever, sweating at night, swollen glands, mouth ulcers, diarrhea, stomach pains, and weight loss
  • Chest pain (especially while breathing), dry cough, sneezing, and feeling short of breath
  • Cold sores are sores in the genital area or anal region.
  • Feeling irritable or anxious, feeling weak or prickly, or having problems with balance or eye movements;
  • If you have difficulty speaking or swallowing, severe lower back pain, or loss of bladder and bowel control, then this is a problem.
  • Impotence and a loss of interest in sexual activity are all signs that you may be experiencing swelling in the neck or throat.

Viramune XR can cause the following side effects:

  • Skin rash
  • Changes in the shape or location (especially of your arms, legs, and breasts), as well as changes in your body fat.

There may be other side effects. For medical advice on side effects, call your doctor. The FDA can be contacted at 1-800-FDA-1088 to report side effects.

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Warnings

Viramune XR should be taken for the first three months of treatment.Viramune can cause serious or fatal liver problems. Call your doctor immediately if you experience: nausea or vomiting, stomach pains, fatigue, fever, unexplained pain in the muscles or weakness, dark-coloured urine, clay-coloured stool, or jaundice.

Viramune XR can also cause serious or even life-threatening reactions on the skin. Do not take this medicine if you experience: a high fever, swelling of the face or tongue, severe skin pain, or a rash with blistering or peeling.

Before you take this drug

Viramune XR should not be used if you are allergic or if your liver disease is moderate to severe.

Viramune XR can cause interactions with other medicines.These medications should not be taken at the same time.If you take any of these drugs, your doctor may have to alter your treatment plan.

  • Atazanavir;
  • Delavirdine;
  • Etravirine;
  • Itraconazole;
  • Ketoconazole;
  • Rifampin;
  • Rilpivirine;
  • St.
  • Telaprevir.

Tell your doctor if:

  • Skin problems
  • Liver disease (or a history of cirrhosis or hepatitis)
  • If you have kidney disease or are currently on dialysis,
  • If you've ever tried delavirdine or efavirenz but they didn't work to treat your condition,

This medicine is not known to harm an unborn child. Viramune XR is more likely to cause liver problems in pregnant women.Inform your physician immediately if you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant. HIV can be transmitted to your child if you do not receive the proper treatment during pregnancy. To control your HIV infection, take all your HIV medications as prescribed.

You may find your name on a registry if you're pregnant. It is used to monitor the pregnancy's outcome and evaluate the effects of nevirapine.

Viramune XR may make birth-control pills ineffective. Ask your doctor if you can use a non-hormonal contraceptive to prevent pregnancy (condoms, diaphragms with spermicide).Breast-feeding is not recommended for women with HIV/AIDS. Even if the baby was born HIV-free, the virus can be transmitted to the infant through your breast milk.Do not administer this medicine to an infant without consulting a doctor.

How to take Viramune XR?

Please follow all the instructions on the prescription label. Your doctor may occasionally alter your dosage. Use this medication at the recommended dose and not more or less than that. You can reduce the risk of skin reactions by starting with a small dose.Follow your doctor's instructions regarding how often you should take the medicine.

Viramune XR should be taken in conjunction with other antiviral medicines and not alone.Viramune XR is taken with or without food.Do not chew or crush a tablet. Swallow the entire tablet.Just before measuring a dose, shake the liquid oral suspension. Use the provided dosing syringe or a dose-measuring cup or spoon to measure liquid medicine. Ask your pharmacist if you don't have a device for measuring doses.

Viramune XR requires frequent blood tests, especially during the first 18-week treatment period.Viramune XR should be used regularly for maximum benefit. Refill your prescription before you run out.At the first sign, call your doctor immediately.

HIV/AIDS can be treated with a combination of drugs. Follow your doctor's instructions for all medications. Each medication comes with a patient instruction guide or medication guide. You should not alter your medication or doses without consulting your doctor. All people with HIV/AIDS should be under the care and supervision of a physician.Store away from heat and moisture at room temperature.

What happens if I miss the dose?

As soon as you recall, take the missed dose. If your next scheduled dosage is approaching, skip the missed dose. You should not take more medicine to compensate for a missed dose.

Call your doctor if you haven't taken Viramune XR in 7 days. You may be required to start at a lower dosage.

What happens if I overdose?

Call 1-800-222-1222 for poison help or seek immediate medical attention.

What should be avoided?

Avoid alcohol. Alcohol can cause liver damage.

This medication does not stop you from spreading HIV to others. Share razors and toothbrushes. Do not engage in unprotected sexual activity. Speak to your doctor about the best ways to prevent HIV from being transmitted during sex. Even healthy people should never share syringes for drugs or medicines.

Interaction with other drug

Viramune XR can be affected by many drugs. This list does not include all possible interactions. Tell your doctor if you are taking any new medications or if you will stop taking any of your current ones.

  • Antiviral medications to treat hepatitis C
  • Antifungal or antibacterial medicine
  • Birth control pills or hormone therapy
  • A blood thinner ( Warfarin and others);
  • Ergot medicine (dihydroergotamine and ergonovine)
  • Heart or blood pressure medications;
  • Medicine to prevent organ rejection;
  • Seizure medication.

Viramune XR can interact with many drugs. This list isn't complete. This includes over-the-counter and prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal products. List all of your medications with any healthcare professional who treats you.

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