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Are there any risks in taking nevirapine?

Risks associated with nevirapine include liver damage, which may be life-threatening. Symptoms of liver damage include yellowing of the skin, pale stools and tiredness. Women with high CD4 (disease fighting cells) counts are particularly sensitive to liver damage. Also, birth control may not work properly with nevirapine, raising your risk for an unplanned pregnancy. You also run the risk of having an allergic reaction to nevirapine, which include hives, skin rash, difficulty breathing, as well as swelling of the face, mouth or tongue. The medication may cause the skin to peel or blister. The risk of complications is greatest during the first six weeks of taking this medication and for children, who are very sensitive to its effects. To prevent complications, your doctor may start you on a low dose of nevirapine. Be aware that the risk of complications may occur at any time during treatment.

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