Nevirapine is an antiviral medication that prevents human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) cells from multiplying in your body.

Nevirapine is used to treat HIV, which causes the acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS). Nevirapine will not prevent or cure HIV or AIDS.

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  • Viramune, Viramune XR
  • More common
    Black, tarry stools
    blistering, peeling, or loosening of the skin
    chills
    clay-colored stools
    cough
    dark urine
    diarrhea
    fever
    general tiredness and weakness
    itching
    joint or muscle pain
    light-colored stools
    lower back or side pain
    nausea and vomiting
    painful or difficult urination
    pale skin
    red, irritated eyes
    red skin lesions, often with a purple center
    shortness of breath
    skin rash
    sore throat
    sores, ulcers, or white spots in the mouth or on the lips
    troubled breathing with exertion
    unusual bleeding or bruising
    unusual tiredness or weakness
    upper right abdominal or stomach pain
    yellow eyes and skin
    Less common
    Decreased appetite
    hives
    loss of appetite
    swelling of the feet or lower legs
    Rare
    Abdominal or stomach pain
    pain, numbness, or tingling of the hands, arms, legs, or feet
    sleepiness or unusual drowsiness
    tingling, burning, or prickly sensations
    If any of the following symptoms of overdose occur while taking nevirapine, get emergency help immediately:

    Symptoms of overdose
    Chest pain
    cough
    decrease in weight
    dizziness or lightheadedness
    feeling of constant movement of self or surroundings
    headache
    pain in the ankles or knees
    painful, red lumps under the skin, mostly on the legs
    sensation of spinning
    trouble sleeping
    Some nevirapine side effects may not need any medical attention. As your body gets used to the medicine these side effects may disappear. Your health care professional may be able to help you prevent or reduce these side effects, but do check with them if any of the following side effects continue, or if you are concerned about them:

    Less common
    Difficulty with moving
    muscle pain or stiffness
    pain in the joints
  • (oral suspension, oral tablet, oral tablet, extended release)