Viramune XR Dosage

When using Viramune XR in adults, the dose is the same for everyone. The dosage for children will be based on the child's height and weight. Your healthcare provider should initially start you on the short-acting version of this drug for 14 days, and then switch you over to Viramune XR if you don't develop a skin rash.

An Introduction to Dosing With Viramune XR

For adults, there is only one standard dosage for Viramune® XR™ (nevirapine XR), regardless of your age or weight. For children, the recommended dosage varies depending on the child’s height and weight. As always, do not adjust your dose unless your healthcare provider specifically tells you to do so.
 

Viramune XR Dosage for HIV/AIDS in Adults

To help minimize the risk for skin rashes, it is necessary to start with 14 days of regular, short-acting nevirapine (Viramune®) at a dosage of 200 mg once daily (this is called the "lead-in period"). If you have not had a rash after taking this medicine for 14 days, your healthcare provider can switch you to Viramune XR 400 mg once daily.
 
If you are already on short-acting nevirapine, you may switch to Viramune XR without the 14-day lead-in period.
 
If you stop taking Viramune XR for seven days or more, you may restart the drug only after another 14-day lead-in period.
 
Viramune XR should be used in combination with other HIV medications as part of an HIV "cocktail" (this is known as highly active antiretroviral therapy, or HAART). If you are undergoing dialysis, you may need an extra dose of short-acting Viramune after each dialysis session.
 

Viramune XR Medication Information

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