What is nevirapine?

Nevirapine is in a class of drugs called non-nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors (NNRTI).  It is taken in conjunction with other NNRTI medications to treat HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) infection whether or not the illness has advanced to AIDS (acquired immune deficiency syndrome). Nevirapine works by interfering with a viral enzyme that is required for the virus to replicate. However, this medication does not cure HIV, prevent HIV-related illnesses from developing or prevent the transmission of the HIV virus to other people. Nevirapine is available as a tablet or oral suspension. Nevirapine is sold under the brand name Viramune and Viramune XR.

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