Medically reviewed by Drugs.com. Last updated on Jan 21, 2022.
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Therapeutic Class: Antiretroviral Agent
Pharmacologic Class: Non-Nucleoside Reverse Transcriptase Inhibitor
Uses for doravirine
Doravirine is used with other anti-HIV medicines to treat human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection in patients who have not received HIV-1 medicines before, or in patients to replace their current HIV-1 medicines who have met certain doctor's requirements. HIV is the virus that causes acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS).
Doravirine does not cure or prevent HIV infection or AIDS. It helps keep HIV from reproducing and appears to slow down the destruction of the immune system. This may help delay the development of problems that usually result from AIDS or HIV disease. It will not keep you from spreading HIV to other people. People who receive doravirine may continue to have other problems usually related to AIDS or HIV disease.
Doravirine is available only with your doctor's prescription.
Before using doravirine
In deciding to use a medicine, the risks of taking the medicine must be weighed against the good it will do. This is a decision you and your doctor will make. For doravirine, the following should be considered:
Tell your doctor if you have ever had any unusual or allergic reaction to doravirine or any other medicines. Also tell your health care professional if you have any other types of allergies, such as to foods, dyes, preservatives, or animals. For non-prescription products, read the label or package ingredients carefully.
Appropriate studies have not been performed on the relationship of age to the effects of doravirine in children weighing less than 35 kilograms. Safety and efficacy have not been established.
Appropriate studies performed to date have not demonstrated geriatric-specific problems that would limit the usefulness of doravirine in the elderly. However, elderly patients are more likely to have age-related kidney, liver, or heart problems, which may require caution in patients receiving doravirine.
There are no adequate studies in women for determining infant risk when using this medication during breastfeeding. Weigh the potential benefits against the potential risks before taking this medication while breastfeeding.
Interactions with medicines
Although certain medicines should not be used together at all, in other cases two different medicines may be used together even if an interaction might occur. In these cases, your doctor may want to change the dose, or other precautions may be necessary. When you are taking doravirine, it is especially important that your healthcare professional know if you are taking any of the medicines listed below. The following interactions have been selected on the basis of their potential significance and are not necessarily all-inclusive.
Using doravirine with any of the following medicines is not recommended. Your doctor may decide not to treat you with this medication or change some of the other medicines you take.
- St John's Wort
Using doravirine with any of the following medicines is usually not recommended, but may be required in some cases. If both medicines are prescribed together, your doctor may change the dose or how often you use one or both of the medicines.
Interactions with food/tobacco/alcohol
Certain medicines should not be used at or around the time of eating food or eating certain types of food since interactions may occur. Using alcohol or tobacco with certain medicines may also cause interactions to occur. Discuss with your healthcare professional the use of your medicine with food, alcohol, or tobacco.
Proper use of doravirine
Take doravirine exactly as directed by your doctor. Do not take more of it, do not take it more often, and do not take it for a longer time than your doctor ordered.
Doravirine comes with a patient information leaflet. Read and follow the instructions carefully. Ask your doctor if you have any questions.
Do not change the dose or stop using doravirine without checking first with your doctor. When your supply of doravirine is running low, contact your doctor or pharmacist ahead of time. Do not allow yourself to run out of doravirine.
You may take doravirine with or without food.
Keep taking doravirine for the full time of treatment even if you begin to feel better. It is also important that you continue taking all of the medicines that your doctor has given you for HIV infection.
If you are also taking rifabutin, use doravirine 2 times a day, about 12 hours apart.
The dose of doravirine will be different for different patients. Follow your doctor's orders or the directions on the label. The following information includes only the average doses of doravirine. If your dose is different, do not change it unless your doctor tells you to do so.
The amount of medicine that you take depends on the strength of the medicine. Also, the number of doses you take each day, the time allowed between doses, and the length of time you take the medicine depend on the medical problem for which you are using the medicine.
- For oral dosage form (tablets):
- For treatment of HIV infection:
- Adults and children weighing 35 kilograms (kg) or more—100 milligrams (mg) (1 tablet) once a day.
- Children weighing less than 35 kg—Use and dose must be determined by your doctor.
- For treatment of HIV infection:
If you miss a dose of doravirine, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not double doses.
Keep out of the reach of children.
Do not keep outdated medicine or medicine no longer needed.
Ask your healthcare professional how you should dispose of any medicine you do not use.
Store the medicine in a closed container at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and direct light. Keep from freezing.
Keep the bottle tightly closed. Keep the medicine in its original bottle.
Precautions while using doravirine
Your doctor will want to check your or your child's progress at regular visits, especially during the first few weeks that you take doravirine.
Do not use doravirine together with carbamazepine (Tegretol®), enzalutamide (Xtandi®), mitotane (Lysodren®), oxcarbazepine (Trileptal®), phenobarbital (Luminal®), phenytoin (Dilantin®), rifampin (Rifadine®), rifapentine (Priftin®), or St John's wort. Tell your doctor if your have taken any of these medicines within the past 4 weeks before you start treatment with doravirine.
Your immune system may get stronger when you start taking HIV medicines. Tell your doctor right away if you notice any changes in your health. Sometimes the immune system will start to fight infections that were hidden in your body, such as pneumonia, herpes, or tuberculosis. Autoimmune disorders (eg, Graves' disease, polymyositis, autoimmune hepatitis, and Guillain-Barré syndrome) may also occur.
Doravirine does not decrease the risk of transmitting the HIV infection to others through sexual contact or by contaminated blood. Make sure you understand and practice safe sex, even if your partner also has HIV. Avoid sharing needles with anyone.
Do not take other medicines unless they have been discussed with your doctor. This includes prescription or non-prescription (over-the-counter [OTC]) medicines and herbal or vitamin supplements.
Doravirine side effects
Along with its needed effects, a medicine may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.
Some side effects may occur that usually do not need medical attention. These side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine. Also, your health care professional may be able to tell you about ways to prevent or reduce some of these side effects. Check with your health care professional if any of the following side effects continue or are bothersome or if you have any questions about them:
- unusual tiredness or weakness
- Abnormal dreams
- skin rash
- stomach pain
- trouble sleeping
Other side effects not listed may also occur in some patients. If you notice any other effects, check with your healthcare professional.
Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
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