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Brand name for nevirapine, Viramune belongs to the antiviral group of medicine. Better known and prescribed as a HIV drug, Viramune is a non-nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitor. By stagnating the multiplication of HIV in the human body, Viramune provides temporary relief to the AIDS sufferers. Regular intake of Viramune delays the early breaking of the human immune system due to HIV infection. Although Viramune is not a permanent solution for AIDS patients, it can be really helpful for pregnant women affected with AIDS. Viramune cuts down the chances of passing of HIV from the mother to the unborn child. However it needs to be understood that Viramune can't control the spread of HIV in other cases.
For prescribing the right dosage to you, your doctor needs to know in details about your past and present medical conditions. Don't forget to inform him before he prescribes Viramune to you, if you are already suffering from any of the following diseases:
- Women and patients with higher cd4;
- Liver problems;
- Kidney problems;
Listed in FDA pregnancy category C, Viramune is not known to cause any adverse effects to the growing embryo if taken during pregnancy. Studies have shown that Viramune reduces the possibilities of HIV transmission to the nascent baby from the mother. But since it passes into breast milk, it is recommended to use Viramune if you are breast-feeding a baby. Always consult a doctor before taking Viramune during pregnancy.
Viramune can also cause allergic reaction with skin problems amongst users during the first 12-16 weeks of intake. See a doctor in such cases soon. Studies say that intake of Viramune in Children may cause Granulocytopenia. So it is always recommended to see a pediatrician before giving Viramune to children. So far, Viramune have not been studied in older adults.
Viramune may not work in harmony with all other drug. Even if it works, users may need dose modulation. Inform your doctor if you are already taking the following drugs:
- St. john's worts;
Viramune intake is followed by a host of side effects of varying degrees. Amongst the serious side effects of Viramune, blistering, peeling, loosening of skin, chills, fever, skin rash, weakness, skin itching, joint or muscle pain, light-colored stools are common. Whereas side effects like a rash with or without a fever, blistering, sores or lesions in your mouth, irritated eyes, swelling, or muscle or joint aches are less found but may lead to fatal consequences.
Regular users of Viramune experience side effects like nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, or abdominal pain, headache, numbness, tingling, or muscle pain, noticeable reduction in body fat very often are less harmful.
Side effects like severe liver damage resulting in death are not uncommon in case of Viramune users. Side effects vomiting, stomach pain, weakness, stomach upset, yellow skin or eyes, itching, clay-colored stools, dark urine Pain, numbness, or tingling of hands, arms, legs, or fee, tingling, burning, or prickly sensation, sleepiness or unusual drowsiness are less found but not impossible. Viramune can also cause allergic reactions like breathing trouble, sore throat, swollen lips and face etc.
There is no denying the fact that Viramune is a wonder drug. But to be on the safer side it is always better to consult a physician and be sure about what is the right dose for you. So far no serious cases of Viramune overdose have been found. Overdose of the drug may not be detrimental to your existence but it can always cause fatal disorders. The symptoms of overdose generally include weakness, swelling, fever, and headache, sleep disorder, vomiting, with respiratory problems. As soon as you feel that an overdose has been taken by mistake rush to a doctor for the corrective measures.
On the other hand, a missed dose of Viramune does not cause harmful damages. Just skip the earlier dose and take the scheduled one. Remember, a wonder drug can cause fatal effects if taken without care.
Rely and depend on your doctor for the best usage guidelines. Normally Viramune is taken with a glass full of water and can be taken with or without food. It is better to shake the container well before taking in a dose. Don't ignore if doctors ask you to go for any diagnostic tests. However, taking in Viramune regularly is of utmost importance for getting effective results. Always store Viramune at room temperature, away from heat and moisture for best results.
Other Brand Names
In some countries Viramune may also be known as: