What should I know about nevirapine (NVP) before taking it?

Nevirapine can cause serious liver and skin problems. It can also produce severe allergic reactions. Liver complications are most pronounced during the first six weeks of treatment. For this reason, your doctor may start you on a lower dose of the medication for the first two weeks of treatment. Before taking this medication, tell your doctor if you have had hepatitis B   or C or liver disease. Liver problems may be increased for women, especially if the count of disease-fighting cells in the body (CD4) is higher than 250. Contact your doctor immediately and stop taking the medication if a skin rash forms and is accompanied by any of the following conditions: weakness, fatigue, vomiting, nausea, and loss of appetite. Watch for flu-like symptoms, including fever, sore throat, chills, and hoarseness. Contact your doctor if you develop a yellow tint to your skin or eyes, notice a darkening of urine, produce pale stools, or develop blisters, mouth sores, or peeling skin.

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