Generic Name: etravirine (E tra VIR een)
Brand Names: Intelence

What is Intelence?

Intelence (etravirine) is an antiviral medication that prevents human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) cells from multiplying in your body.

Intelence is used with other medications to treat HIV in adults and children who are at least 6 years old. HIV causes the acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS). Etravirine is not a cure for HIV or AIDS.

Intelence may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.

Important information

In rare cases, Intelence can cause a condition that results in the breakdown of skeletal muscle tissue, leading to kidney failure. Call your doctor right away if you have unexplained muscle pain, tenderness, or weakness especially if you also have fever, unusual tiredness, and dark colored urine.

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Before taking this medicine

You should not take etravirine if you are allergic to Intelence.

To make sure you can safely take Intelence, tell your doctor if you have any liver disease, including hepatitis B or C.

Intelence must be taken in combination with other HIV medications. However, there are certain combinations of medicines that should not be used together with Intelence. Follow your doctor's dosing instructions very carefully.

You SHOULD NOT take Intelence together with:

  • delavirdine;

  • efavirenz;

  • nevirapine;

  • rifabutin, rifapentine, rifampin;

  • rilpivirine;

  • St. John's wort;

  • ritonavir when given with atazanavir, fosamprenavir, or tipranavir;

  • ritonavir in doses of more than 600 milligrams twice daily; or

  • seizure medications--carbamazepine, phenytoin, phenobarbital.

You MUST take etravirine together with ritonavir if you are also taking:

  • indinavir; or

  • nelfinavir.

FDA pregnancy category B. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant during treatment with Intelence. HIV can be passed to your baby if you are not properly treated during pregnancy. Take all of your HIV medicines as directed to control your infection.

See also: Pregnancy and breastfeeding warnings (in more detail)

If you are pregnant, your name may be listed on a pregnancy registry. This is to track the outcome of the pregnancy and to evaluate any effects of Intelence on the baby.

Women with HIV or AIDS should not breast-feed a baby. Even if your baby is born without HIV, the virus may be passed to the baby in your breast milk.

How should I take Intelence?

Take Intelence exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Follow all directions on your prescription label. Do not take this medicine in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended. Intelence must be taken in combination with other HIV medications. Follow your doctor's dosing instructions very carefully.

If a child is taking this medication, tell your doctor if the child has any changes in weight. Intelence doses are based on weight in children.

Intelence works best if you take it after a meal. Do not take it on an empty stomach.

Do not crush, chew, or break an Intelence tablet. Swallow it whole with liquid such as water.

If you cannot swallow the tablet whole, place it into a glass of water and allow the tablet to disperse in the liquid. The tablet will not dissolve completely. Drink this mixture right away. To make sure you get the entire dose, add a little more liquid to the same glass, swirl gently and drink right away.

While using Intelence, you may need frequent blood tests at your doctor's office.

Use all medications as directed by your doctor. Read the medication guide or patient instructions provided with each medication. Do not change your doses or medication schedule without your doctor's advice. Every person with HIV or AIDS should remain under the care of a doctor.

Store at room temperature away from moisture and heat. Keep the tablets in their original container.

What happens if I miss a dose?

If you are less than 6 hours late in taking your medicine, take the missed dose after your next meal. Then return to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take extra medicine to make up the missed dose.

What happens if I overdose?

Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222.

What should I avoid?

Taking this medication will not prevent you from passing HIV to other people. Do not have unprotected sex or share razors or toothbrushes. Talk with your doctor about safe ways to prevent HIV transmission during sex. Sharing drug or medicine needles is never safe, even for a healthy person.

Intelence side effects

Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction to Intelence: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

In rare cases, Intelence can cause a condition that results in the breakdown of skeletal muscle tissue, leading to kidney failure. Call your doctor right away if you have unexplained muscle pain, tenderness, or weakness especially if you also have fever, unusual tiredness, and dark colored urine.

Stop using Intelence and call your doctor at once if you have:

  • swelling, rapid weight gain, little or no urinating;

  • confusion, seizure;

  • nausea, upper stomach pain, loss of appetite, dark urine, clay-colored stools, jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes);

  • the first sign of any type of skin rash, no matter how mild;

  • severe skin reaction -- fever, sore throat, swelling in your face or tongue, burning in your eyes, skin pain, followed by a red or purple skin rash that spreads (especially in the face or upper body) and causes blistering and peeling.

Intelence may increase your risk of certain infections or autoimmune disorders by changing the way your immune system works. Symptoms may occur weeks or months after you start treatment with Intelence. Tell your doctor if you have:

  • signs of a new infection--fever, night sweats, swollen glands, mouth sores, diarrhea, stomach pain, weight loss;

  • chest pain (especially when you breathe), dry cough, wheezing, feeling short of breath;

  • cold sores, sores on your genital or anal area;

  • rapid heart rate, feeling anxious or irritable, weakness or prickly feeling, problems with balance or eye movement;

  • trouble speaking or swallowing, severe lower back pain, loss of bladder or bowel control; or

  • swelling in your neck or throat (enlarged thyroid), menstrual changes, impotence, loss of interest in sex.

Common Intelence side effects may include:

  • upset stomach, constipation, heartburn, dry mouth;

  • numbness or tingly feeling in your hands or feet;

  • blurred vision, dizziness, drowsiness, unusual dreams; or

  • changes in the shape or location of body fat (especially in your arms, legs, face, neck, breasts, and waist).

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

See also: Side effects (in more detail)

What other drugs will affect Intelence?

There are many other medicines that can interact with Intelence, or make it less effective. Not all possible interactions are listed here. Tell your doctor about all your medications and any you start or stop using during treatment with Intelence, especially:

  • artemether and lumefantrine;

  • a blood thinner (warfarin, Coumadin);

  • clarithromycin;

  • clopidogrel;

  • dexamethasone;

  • diazepam;

  • maraviroc;

  • telaprevir;

  • an antifungal medicine--fluconazole, itraconazole, ketoconazole, posaconazole, voriconazole;

  • cholesterol lowering medication--atorvastatin, fluvastatin, lovastatin, pravastatin, rosuvastatin, simvastatin;

  • heart rhythm medication--amiodarone, digoxin, disopyramide, flecainide, mexiletine, propafenone, quinidine;

  • medicine for erectile dysfunction or pulmonary arterial hypertension--avanafil, sildenafil, tadalafil, vardenafil;

  • medicines to prevent organ transplant rejection--cyclosporine, sirolimus, tacrolimus; or

  • narcotic medication--buprenorphine, methadone.

This list is not complete. Other drugs may interact with Intelence, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products. Not all possible interactions are listed in this medication guide.

Where can I get more information?

  • Your pharmacist can provide more information about Intelence.
  • Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use Intelence only for the indication prescribed.
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