Intelence Warnings and Precautions

There is a lot of information to be aware of before using Intelence. Warnings and precautions include such things as watching out for potential drug interactions and notifying your healthcare provider immediately if you develop a skin rash along with a fever or any mouth sores. You should not take Intelence if you are allergic to any ingredients used to make the medication.

What Should I Tell My Healthcare Provider Before Taking Intelence?

You should talk with your healthcare provider prior to taking Intelence® (etravirine) if you:
 
  • Have liver problems, such as hepatitis
  • Have any allergies, including allergies to food, dyes, or preservatives.
  • Are pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant
  • Are breastfeeding.
     
You should also be sure to tell your healthcare provider about all other medicines you are taking, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
 

Specific Precautions and Warnings for Intelence

Warnings and precautions to be aware of prior to taking Intelence include the following:
 
  • Intelence can interact with several different medications. Many of these interactions are quite dangerous. Make sure that all of your healthcare providers know that you are taking Intelence, and make sure to check with your healthcare provider before starting or stopping any new medications (see Intelence Drug Interactions for more information).
     
  • Intelence often causes harmless skin rashes. However, if you have a rash with blisters, loss of skin, a fever, facial or mouth swelling, breathing problems, yellowing of the skin or whites of the eyes, dark urine, or mouth sores, stop taking Intelence and tell your healthcare provider immediately, as this may be a sign of a life-threatening reaction to Intelence. Rashes occur most commonly within the first six weeks of treatment, but can happen any time.
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  • Intelence can change the distribution of fat on your body. You may gain fat in areas that are not typical for you, such as in the abdomen or at the back of the neck (a "buffalo hump"), and may lose weight in other areas, such as the legs, arms, and face. The effects of this fat redistribution on long-term health are unknown at this time.
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  • Intelence is not a cure for HIV or AIDS. If you have HIV or AIDS, you should always use safer sex practices, whether or not you are taking medications. You should also avoid sharing needles or other items that may contain your blood or body fluids.
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  • As with all HIV medications, it is important that you take Intelence exactly as prescribed. Missing doses may increase the chance of the virus becoming resistant to HIV medications.
     
  • As with other HIV medications, starting Intelence can cause your body to start fighting off previously undetected infections (as the immune system begins to work more normally again).
     
  • Intelence is considered a pregnancy Category B medication. This means that it is probably safe for use during pregnancy, although the full risks are not known (see Intelence and Pregnancy).
     
  • It is not known whether Intelence passes through breast milk. Therefore, if you are breastfeeding or plan to start, discuss this with your healthcare provider prior to taking the drug (see Intelence and Breastfeeding). It is important to understand that the HIV virus can be transmitted through breast milk and that breastfeeding is usually not recommended in women with HIV or AIDS.
     

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