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For the treatment of HIV or AIDS in adults, the recommended dosage of etravirine is 200 mg twice a day after meals. This drug should only be taken together with other HIV medications, as part of an HIV "cocktail." In order for the medicine to work properly, dosing guidelines must be followed as prescribed.

Dosage for Etravirine: An Introduction

There is only one standard recommended dose of etravirine (Intelence®) for adults. The dosage for children will be based on the child's body weight. As always, do not adjust your dosage unless your healthcare provider specifically instructs you to do so.

Etravirine Dosing for HIV/AIDS

The recommended etravirine dose for treating adults with HIV or AIDS is 200 mg twice daily after meals. The recommended dose for children 6 to 18 years of age is based on the child's weight as follows:
  • Etravirine 100 mg twice daily for children who weigh at least 16 kg but less than 20 kg (about 35.2 to 44 pounds).
  • Etravirine 125 mg twice daily for children who weigh at least 20 kg but less than 25 kg (about 44 to 55 pounds).
  • Etravirine 150 mg twice daily for children who weigh at least 25 kg but less than 30 kg (about 55 to 66 pounds).
Children who weigh 30 kg or greater (at least 66 pounds) will be given the adult dosage. Etravirine should be used in combination with other HIV medications, as part of an HIV "cocktail" (this is known as highly active antiretroviral therapy, or HAART).

General Etravirine Dosage Information

Considerations for people taking etravirine include the following:
  • Etravirine comes in tablet form. It is usually taken by mouth twice daily after meals.
  • If you have trouble swallowing tablets, you can dissolve the tablets in a glass of water. Drink the water, then add more water (and drink it) several times to make sure you get the entire dose.
  • Try to take this medication at the same times every day, to maintain an even level of the medication in your blood.
  • For the medication to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed. It is very important that you closely follow your healthcare provider's instructions about taking etravirine. Missing doses can increase the chance of the virus developing resistance to etravirine (making it less effective).
  • If you are unsure about anything related to your etravirine dosage, please talk to your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist.
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