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How Does Nevirapine Work?

Nevirapine belongs to a group of HIV medications known as non-nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors (NNRTIs). These medicines work by blocking a process that the HIV virus needs in order to multiply.
 
HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) is the virus that causes AIDS. Like other viruses, HIV must use a person's own cells to reproduce. However, HIV is a little different from other viruses because it must first convert its genetic material from RNA to DNA. It is the DNA genes that allow HIV to multiply.
 
HIV converts its genetic material by using a special protein called the reverse transcriptase enzyme. To create DNA, this enzyme uses several different protein building blocks.
 
Nevirapine works by attaching to the reverse transcriptase enzyme, stopping it from making DNA. Without DNA, HIV cannot multiply. Nevirapine is not a cure for HIV or AIDS. It can help stop HIV from infecting uninfected cells in the body, but it does not help cells that have already been infected with the virus.
 

Nevirapine Use in Children

Nevirapine is approved for use in children as young as 15 days old. Talk with your child's healthcare provider about the benefits and risks of using nevirapine in children.
 

Off-Label Nevirapine Uses

On occasion, your healthcare provider may recommend nevirapine for treating something other than HIV infection and AIDS. This is called an "off-label" use. At this time, there are no universally accepted off-label uses for nevirapine.
 

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