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Nevirapine 200 mg tablets
Read all of this leaflet carefully before you start taking this medicine
because it contains important information for you.
- Keep this leaflet. You may need to read it again.
- If you have any further questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist or nurse.
- This medicine has been prescribed for you only. Do not pass it on to
others. It may harm them, even if their signs of illness are the same as
- If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor, or pharmacist or nurse. This
includes any possible side effects not listed in this leaflet. See section 4.
What is in this leaflet:
1. What Nevirapine is and what it is used for
2. What you need to know before you take Nevirapine
3. How to take Nevirapine
4. Possible side effects
5. How to store Nevirapine
6. Contents of the pack and other information
1. What Nevirapine is and what it is used for
Nevirapine belongs to a group of medicines called antiretrovirals, used in the
treatment of Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV-1) infection.
The active substance of your medicine is called nevirapine. Nevirapine
reduces the amount of viruses in the blood thus improving your medical
Nevirapine belongs to a class of anti-HIV medicines called non-nucleoside
reverse transcriptase inhibitors (NNRTIs). Reverse transcriptase is an enzyme
that HIV needs in order to multiply.
Nevirapine stops reverse transcriptase from working. By stopping reverse
transcriptase from working, Nevirapine helps control HIV-1 infection.
Nevirapine is indicated for the treatment of HIV-1 infected adults, adolescents,
and children of any age. You must take Nevirapine together with other
antiretroviral medicines. Your doctor will recommend the best medicines for
If Nevirapine has been prescribed for your child, please note that all
information in this leaflet is addressed to your child (in this case please
read “your child” instead of “you”).
2. What you need to know before you take Nevirapine
Do not take Nevirapine:
- if you are allergic to nevirapine or any of the other ingredients of this
medicine (listed in section 6).
- if you have taken Nevirapine before and had to stop the treatment
because you suffered from:


severe skin rash
skin rash with other symptoms for example:
- fever
- blistering
- mouth sores
- inflammation of the eye
- swelling of the face
- general swelling
- shortness of breath
- muscle or joint pain
- general feelings of illness
- abdominal pain
• hypersensitivity (allergic) reactions
• inflammation of the liver (hepatitis)
if you have severe liver disease
if you have had to stop Nevirapine treatment in the past because of
changes in your liver function
if you are taking a medicine containing the herbal substance St John’s
Wort (Hypericum perforatum). This herbal substance may stop Nevirapine
from working properly.

Warnings and precautions
Talk to your doctor or, pharmacist or nurse before using Nevirapine.
During the first 18 weeks of treatment with Nevirapine it is very
important that you and your doctor watch out for signs of liver or skin
reactions. These can become severe and even life threatening. You are
at greatest risk of such a reaction during the first 6 weeks of treatment.
If you experience severe rash or hypersensitivity (allergic reactions
that may appear in the form of rash) accompanied by other side effects
such as
- fever,
- blistering,
- mouth sores,
- inflammation of the eye,
- swelling of the face,
- general swelling,
- shortness of breath,
- muscle or joint pain,
- general feelings of illness,
- or abdominal pain
Potentially life-threatening skin rashes (Stevens-Johnson syndrome, toxic
epidermal necrolysis) have been reported with the use of Nevirapine,
appearing initially as reddish target-like spots or circular patches often with
central blisters on the trunk.
Additional signs to look for include ulcers in the mouth, throat, nose, genitals
and conjunctivitis (red and swollen eyes).
These potentially life-threatening skin rashes are often accompanied by flulike symptoms. The rash may progress to widespread blistering or peeling of
the skin.
The highest risk for occurrence of serious skin reactions is within the first 6
weeks of treatment.
If you have developed Stevens-Johnson syndrome or toxic epidermal
necrolysis with the use of Nevirapine, you must not be re-started on
Nevirapine at any time.
If you develop a rash or these skin symptoms, seek immediate advice from a
doctor and tell him that you are taking this medicine
If you experience symptoms suggesting damage of the liver, such as
- loss of appetite,
- feeling sick (nausea),
- vomiting,
- yellow skin (jaundice),
- abdominal pain
You should discontinue taking Nevirapine and must contact your
doctor immediately.
If you develop severe liver, skin or hypersensitivity reactions whilst
taking Nevirapine, NEVER TAKE Nevirapine again without referring to
your doctor.
You must take the dose of Nevirapine as prescribed by your doctor.
This is especially important within the first 14 days of treatment (see
more information in “How to take Nevirapine”).
The following patients are at increased risk of developing liver problems:
- women
- infected with hepatitis B or C






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abnormal liver function tests
treatment-naive patients with higher CD4 cell counts at the start of
Nevirapine therapy (women more than 250 cells/mm³, men more than
400 cells/mm³)
pre-treated patients with detectable HIV-1 plasma viral load and higher
CD4 cell counts at the start of Nevirapine therapy (women more than
250 cells/mm³, men more than 400 cells/mm³)

In some patients with advanced HIV infection (AIDS) and a history of
opportunistic infection (AIDS- defining illness), signs and symptoms of
inflammation from previous infections may occur soon after anti-HIV treatment
is started. It is believed that these symptoms are due to an improvement in the
body’s immune response, enabling the body to fight infections that may have
been present with no obvious symptoms. If you notice any symptoms of
infection, please inform your doctor immediately.
In addition to the opportunistic infections, autoimmune disorders (a condition
that occurs when the immune system attacks healthy body tissue) may also
occur after you start taking medicines for the treatment of your HIV infection.
Autoimmune disorders may occur many months after the start of treatment. If
you notice any symptoms of infection or other symptoms such as muscle
weakness, weakness beginning in the hands and feet and moving up towards
the trunk of the body, palpitations, tremor or hyperactivity, please inform your
doctor immediately to seek necessary treatment.
Changes of body fat may occur in patients receiving combination antiretroviral
therapy. Contact your doctor if you notice changes in body fat (see section 4
“Possible side effects”).
Some patients taking combination antiretroviral therapy may develop a bone
disease called osteonecrosis (death of bone tissue caused by loss of blood
supply to the bone). The length of combination antiretroviral therapy,
corticosteroid use, alcohol consumption, severe weakness of the immune
system and higher body mass index may be some of the many risk factors for
developing this disease. Signs of osteonecrosis are joint stiffness, aches and
pains (especially of the hip, knee and shoulder) and difficulty in movement. If
you notice any of these symptoms please inform your doctor.
If you are taking nevirapine and zidovudine concomitantly please inform your
doctor since he might need to check your white blood cells.
Do not take Nevirapine after an exposure to HIV unless you have been
diagnosed with HIV and instructed to do so by your doctor. Nevirapine is not a
cure for HIV infection. Therefore, you may continue to develop infections and
other illnesses associated with HIV infection. You should, therefore, remain in
regular contact with your doctor. There is still a risk of passing HIV to others
through blood or sexual contact or contamination with blood when taking
nevirapine. Use appropriate precautions to prevent passing on HIV to other
people. Please refer to your doctor.
Prednisone should not be used to treat a rash related to Nevirapine.
If you are taking oral contraceptives (e.g. „pill“) or other hormonal methods of
birth control during treatment with Nevirapine, you should use a barrier
contraception (e.g. condoms) in addition to prevent pregnancy and further HIV
transmission. If you are receiving post-menopausal hormone therapy, ask
your doctor for advice before taking this medicine.
If you are taking or are prescribed rifampicin to treat tuberculosis please
inform your doctor before taking this medicine with Nevirapine.
Use in children and adolescents:
Nevirapine tablets can be taken by:
- children 16 years of age or older
- children under 16 years of age who:
- weigh 50 kg or more
- or have a body surface area above 1.25 square metres.
For smaller children nevirapine oral suspension liquid form is available.
Other medicines and Nevirapine
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking, have recently taken or might
take any other medicines. Inform your doctor about all other medicines you
are taking before you start taking Nevirapine. Your doctor might need to
monitor whether your other medicines are still working and adjust doses.
Carefully read the package leaflet of all other HIV medicinal products you are
taking in combination with Nevirapine.
It is particularly important that you tell your doctor if you are taking or have
recently taken:
- St John’s Wort (Hypericum perforatum, medicine to treat depression)
- rifampicin (medicine to treat tuberculosis)
- rifabutin (medicine to treat tuberculosis)
- macrolides e.g. clarithromycin (medicine to treat bacterial infections)
- fluconazole (medicine to treat fungal infections)
- ketoconazole (medicine to treat fungal infections)
- itraconazole (medicine to treat fungal infections)
- methadone (medicine used for treatment of opiate addicts)
- warfarin (medicine to reduce blood clotting)
- hormonal contraceptives (e.g. the “pill”)
- atazanavir (another medicine to treat HIV-infection)
- lopinavir/ritonavir (another medicine to treat HIV-infection)
- fosamprenavir (another medicine to treat HIV-infection)
- efavirenz (another medicine to treat HIV-infection)
- etravirine (another medicine to treat HIV-infection)
- rilpivirine (another medicine to treat HIV-infection)
- delavirdine (another medicine to treat HIV-infection)
- zidovudine (another medicine to treat HIV-infection)
- boceprevir (medicine to treat hepatitis C)
- telaprevir (medicine to treat hepatitis C)
- elvitegravir/cobicistat (another medicine to treat HIV-infection)
Your doctor will carefully monitor the effect of Nevirapine and any of these
medicines if you are taking them together.
If you are undergoing kidney dialysis, your doctor may consider a dose
adjustment of Nevirapine. This is because Nevirapine can be partly washed
out of your blood by dialysis.
Nevirapine with food, drink and alcohol
There are no restrictions on taking Nevirapine with food and drink.
Pregnancy, breast-feeding and fertility
If you are pregnant or breast-feeding, think you may be pregnant or are
planning to have a baby, ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice before
taking this medicine.
You should stop breast-feeding if you are taking Nevirapine. It is in general
recommended that you do not breast-feed if you have HIV infection because it
is possible that your baby can become infected with HIV through your breast
Driving and using machines
You may experience fatigue when taking nevirapine. Use caution when
engaging in activities such as driving, using any tools or machines. If you
experience fatigue you should avoid potentially hazardous tasks such as
driving or using any tools or machines.
Nevirapine contains
Nevirapine tablets contain lactose monohydrate. If you have been told by your
doctor that you have an intolerance to some sugars, contact your doctor
before taking this medicinal product.
3. How to take Nevirapine
You should not use Nevirapine on its own. You must take it with at least two
other antiretroviral medicines. Your doctor will recommend the best medicines
for you.

The dose is one 200 mg tablet per day for the first 14 days of treatment (“leadin” period). After 14 days, the usual dose is one 200 mg tablet twice a day.
It is very important that you take only one Nevirapine tablet a day for the first
14 days (“lead-in” period). If you have any rash during this period, do not
increase the dose but consult your doctor.
The 14-day”lead-in” period has been shown to lower the risk of skin rash.
As Nevirapine must always be taken together with other HIV antiretroviral
medicines, you should follow the instructions for your other medicines
carefully. These are supplied in the package leaflets for those medicines.
Nevirapine is also available in liquid form as an oral suspension. This is
particularly suitable if:
- you have problem swallowing tablets
- or you are a child weighing less than 50 kg
- or you are a child having a body surface area less than 1.25 square
metres (your doctor will work out your surface area).
You should continue to take Nevirapine for as long as instructed by your
As explained in ‘Take special care with Nevirapine, above, your doctor will
monitor you with liver tests or for undesirable effects such as rash. Depending
on the outcome your doctor may decide to interrupt or stop your Nevirapine
treatment. Your doctor might then decide to restart you on a lower dose.
Only take Nevirapine tablets by mouth. Do not chew your tablets. You may
take Nevirapine with or without food.
If you take more Nevirapine than you should
Do not take more Nevirapine than prescribed by your doctor and described in
this leaflet. There is at present little information on the effects of Nevirapine
overdose. Consult your doctor if you have taken more Nevirapine than you
If you forget to take Nevirapine
Try not to miss a dose. If you notice that you have missed a dose within
8 hours when it was due, take the missed dose as soon as possible. If it has
been more than 8 hourssince the dose was due only take the next dose at
the usual time.
Do not take a double dose to make up for a forgotten dose.
If you stop taking Nevirapine
Taking all doses at the appropriate times:
- greatly increases the effectiveness of your combination antiretroviral
- reduces the chances of your HIV infection becoming resistant to your
antiretroviral medicines.
It is important that you continue taking Nevirapine correctly, as described
above, unless your doctor instructs you to stop.
If you stop taking Nevirapine for more than 7 days your doctor will instruct you
to start the 14 day 'lead-in' period (described above) once again, before
returning to the twice daily dose.
If you have any further questions on the use of this medicine, ask your doctor,
or pharmacist or nurse.
4. Possible side effects
Like all medicines, this medicine can cause side effects, although not
everybody gets them.
As mentioned in ‘Take special care with nevirapine, above, the most
important side effects of nevirapine are severe and life threatening skin
reactions and serious liver damage. These reactions occur mainly in the
first 18 weeks of treatment with nevirapine. This is therefore an
important period which requires close monitoring by your doctor.

The side effects described below have been experienced by patients given
Very common:
- rash
- decreased numbers of white blood cells (granulocytopenia)
- allergic reactions (hypersensitivity)
- headache
- feeling sick (nausea)
- vomiting
- abdominal pain
- loose stools (diarrhoea)
- inflammation of the liver (hepatitis)
- feeling tired (fatigue)
- fever
- abnormal liver function tests
- allergic reaction characterized by rash, swelling of the face, difficulty
breathing (bronchial spasm) or anaphylactic shock
- decreased numbers of red blood cells (anaemia)
- yellow skin (jaundice)
- hives (urticaria)
- fluid under the skin (angioedema)
- joint pain (arthralgia)
- muscle pain (myalgia)
- decreased blood phosphorous
- increased blood pressure
- sudden and intense inflammation of the liver (fulminant hepatitis)
- drug rash with systemic symptoms (drug rash with eosinophilia and
systemic symptoms)
Very rare:
Potentially life-threatening skin rashes (Stevens-Johnson syndrome, toxic
epidermal necrolysis) have been reported (see section 2).
Combination antiretroviral therapy may cause changes in body shape due to
changes in fat distribution. These may include loss of fat from legs, arms and
face, increased fat in the abdomen (belly) and other internal organs, breast
enlargement and fatty lumps on the back of the neck (‘buffalo hump’). The
cause and long-term health effects of these conditions are not known at this
time. Combination antiretroviral therapy may also cause raised lactic acid and
sugar in the blood, hyperlipaemia (increased fats in the blood) and resistance
to insulin.
The following events have also been reported when nevirapine has been used
in combination with other antiretroviral agents:
- decreased numbers of red blood cells or platelets
- inflammation of the pancreas
- decrease in or abnormal skin sensations
These events are commonly associated with other antiretroviral agents and
may be expected to occur when nevirapine is used in combination with other
agents; however, it is unlikely that these events are due to treatment with
Additional side effects in children and adolescents
A reduction in white blood cells (granulocytopenia) can occur, which is more
common in children. A reduction in red blood cells (anaemia), which may be
related to nevirapine therapy, is also more commonly observed in children.
As with rash symptoms, please inform your doctor of any side effects.
Reporting of side effects
If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor or pharmacist or nurse. This
includes any possible sideeffects not listed in this leaflet.
Also you can help to make sure that medicines remain as safe as possible by
reporting any unwanted side effects via the internet at Alternatively you can call Free phone 0808 100
3352 (available from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mondays to Fridays) or fill in a paper
form available from your local pharmacy.
5. How to store Nevirapine

If you ever observe any rash symptoms, inform your doctor immediately.

Keep this medicine out of the sight and reach of children.

When rash occurs it is normally mild to moderate. However, in some patients
a rash, which appears as a blistering skin reaction, can be severe or lifethreatening (Stevens-Johnson syndrome and toxic epidermal necrolysis) and
deaths have been recorded. Most of the cases of both severe rash and
mild/moderate rash occur in the first six weeks of treatment.

Do not use this medicine after the expiry date which is stated on the carton
and the label or foil after EXP. The expiry date refers to the last day of that

If rash occurs and you also feel sick, you must stop treatment and visit your
doctor immediately.

Do not throw away any medicines via wastewater or household waste. Ask
your pharmacist how to throw away medicines you no longer use. These
measures will help protect the environment.

Hypersensitivity (allergic) reactions can occur. Such reactions may appear in
the form of anaphylaxis
(a severe form of allergic reaction) with symptoms such as:
- rash
- swelling of the face
- difficulty breathing (bronchial spasm)
- anaphylactic shock
Hypersensitivity reactions can also occur as rash with other side effects such
- fever
- blistering of your skin
- mouth sores
- inflammation of the eye
- swelling of the face
- general swelling
- shortness of breath
- muscle or joint pain
- a reduction in the numbers of your white blood cells (granulocytopenia)
- general feelings of illness
- severe problems with liver or kidneys (liver or kidney failure).
Tell your doctor immediately if you experience rash and any of the
other side effects of a hypersensitivity (allergic) reaction. Such reactions
can be life-threatening.
Abnormal liver functioning has been reported with the use of nevirapine. This
includes some cases of inflammation of the liver (hepatitis), which can be
sudden and intense (fulminant hepatitis), and liver failure, which can be both
Tell your doctor if you experience any of the following clinical symptoms of
liver damage:
- loss of appetite
- feeling sick (nausea)
- vomiting
- yellow skin (jaundice)
- abdominal pain

This medicinal product does not require any special storage conditions.

6. Contents of the pack and other information
What Nevirapine contains

The active substance is nevirapine. Each tablet contains 200 mg
nevirapine (as anhydrous).
The other ingredients are Lactose monohydrate, cellulose microcrystalline,
sodium starch glycolate (Type-A), povidone (K-30), silica colloidal
anhydrous, magnesium stearate.

What Nevirapine looks like and contents of the pack
White to off-white, oval shaped, biconvex tablets, debossed with ‘J’ and ‘80’
on either side of break line on one side and with break line on the other side.
The score line is only to facilitate breaking for ease of swallowing and not to
divide into equal doses.
Nevirapine tablets are available in clear PVC/ PVdC/ Aluminium foil blister
pack and HDPE bottle pack with polypropylene closure.
Pack sizes:
Blister pack: 1, 7, 10, 14, 60 and 120 tablets
Bottle pack: 60 and 500 tablets
Not all pack sizes may be marketed.
Marketing Authorisation Holder
Milpharm Limited
Ares Block, Odyssey Business Park
West End Road
Ruislip HA4 6QD
United Kingdom
APL Swift Services (Malta) Limited
HF26, Hal Far Industrial Estate, Hal Far
Birzebbugia, BBG 3000

Evaluation of the side effects is based on the following frequencies:


Very common:

Milpharm Limited
Ares Block, Odyssey Business Park
West End Road
Ruislip HA4 6QD
United Kingdom

Very rare:

in at least 1 out of 10 patients treated
in at least 1 out of 100 and less than 1 out of 10
patients treated
in at least 1 out of 1000 and less than 1 out of 100
patients treated
in at least 1 out of 10,000 and less than 1 out of 1000
patients treated
less than 1 out of 10,000 patients treated

This leaflet was last revised in 07/2014.


Always take this medicine exactly as described in this leaflet or as your doctor,
or pharmacist or nurse has told you. Check with your doctor or pharmacist or
nurse if you are not sure.

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