Viramune

 
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Without a Prescription

HIV--the human immunodeficiency virus that causes AIDS--undermines the immune system over a period of years, eventually leaving the body defenseless against infection.
Viramune can cause the virus to become resistant.
Viramune is always taken with at least one other HIV medication such as Retrovir or Videx.
Viramune is generally prescribed only after the immune system has declined and infections have begun to appear.
Viramune is indicared for advanced cases of HIV.

Contraindications

Viramune is contraindicated if you have any of the following conditions:
- If you have an allergic reaction to Viramune,

Interactions

Do not take Viramune with any of the following drugs:
- St John's Wort;
- Rifampin (Rifadin, Rimactane);
- Rifabutin (Mycobutin);
- Methadone (Dolophine);
- Macrolide antibiotics such as Biaxin, Dynabac, Ery-Tab, ERYC, Tao, and Zithromax;
- Ketoconazole (Nizoral);
- Cimetidine (Tagamet);

Side Effects

Viramune side effects that you should report to your health care professional or doctor as soon as possible:
- Abdominal pain;
- Allergic reactions (including hives blisters mouth sores or swollen mouth and throat);
- Allergic reactions;
- Alteration in results of liver function tests;
- Diarrhea;
- Diarrhoea;
- Drowsiness;
- Drug withdrawal;
- Fat redistribution;
- Fatigue;
- Fever;
- Headache;
- Jaundice;
- Joint pain;
- Liver damage;
- Muscle aches;
- Nausea and vomiting;
- Nausea;
- Pain in the muscles;
- Rash;
- Severe, potentially life-threatening inflammation of the liver or liver failure;
- Severe, potentially life-threatening skin reactions, eg Stevens-Johnson syndrome, toxic epidermal necrolysis;
- Tingling;
- Vomiting;

Overdose

Reported Viramune overdose symptoms are:
- Weight loss;
- Vomiting;
- Swelling;
- Respiratory problems;
- Reddened bumps on the skin;
- Rash;
- Nausea;
- Insomnia;
- Headache;
- Fever;
- Fatigue;
- Dizziness;

Dosage

CHILDREN

8 years and older

If no serious rash appears, the dose is then increased to 4 milligrams per 2.2 pounds twice a day.

For the first 14 days, the dose of oral suspension is 4 milligrams per 2.2 pounds of body weight once a day.

For both adults and children, total daily dosage should never exceed 400 milligrams (2 tablets).

2 months to 8 years of age

If no serious rash appears, the dose is then increased to 7 milligrams per 2.2 pounds twice a day.

For the first 14 days, the dose of oral suspension is 4 milligrams per 2.2 pounds of body weight once a day.

ADULTS

If no serious rash appears, the dose is then increased to 1 tablet twice a day.

For the first 14 days, the dose is 1 tablet a day.

If you miss your doses for more than 7 days, the doctor will have to restart you at the lower initial dose.
Without Prescription (2017)