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When and How to Take It

General considerations for when and how to take this product include the following:
  • Nevirapine comes in tablet and oral suspension (liquid) form. It is usually taken by mouth twice a day.
  • For the first two weeks, it is usually recommended to take nevirapine just once a day (this decreases the risk of dangerous side effects).
  • You can take it with food or on an empty stomach. If the drug bothers your stomach, try taking it with food.
  • Be sure to shake nevirapine oral suspension well before each dose.
  • Try to take nevirapine at the same time(s) 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 nevirapine. Missing doses can increase the chance of the virus developing resistance to nevirapine (making it less effective).

Nevirapine Dosage Information

The dosage that your healthcare provider recommends will vary depending on a number of factors, including:
  • Your age
  • Your height and weight (for children)
  • Other medical conditions you may have
  • Other medications you may currently be taking.
As always, do not adjust your dose unless your healthcare provider specifically instructs you to do so.
(Click Nevirapine Dosing for more information.)

Drug Interactions

Nevirapine can interact with a number of other medications (see Drug Interactions With Nevirapine).
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