A Closer Look at Viramune XR's Indications

How Does Viramune XR Work?

As mentioned, Viramune XR belongs to a group of HIV medications known as NNRTIs. These medicines work by blocking a process that the HIV virus needs in order to multiply.
Like other viruses, HIV must use a person's own cells to reproduce. However, HIV is a little different from other viruses because it must first convert its ribonucleic acid (RNA) to deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA). It is the DNA genes that allow HIV to multiply.
HIV converts its genetic material by using a special protein called the reverse transcriptase enzyme. To create DNA, this enzyme uses several different protein building-blocks.
Viramune XR works by attaching to the reverse transcriptase enzyme, stopping it from making DNA. Without DNA, HIV cannot multiply. Viramune XR is not a cure for HIV or AIDS. It can help stop HIV from infecting uninfected cells in the body, but it does not help cells that have already been infected with the virus.

Can Children Take It?

Viramune XR is approved for use in children as young as six years of age. The short-acting version (regular Viramune) is also approved for use in children.

Is Viramune XR Used for Off-Label Reasons?

On occasion, your healthcare provider may recommend this medicine for treating something other than HIV infections and AIDS. This would be known as an "off-label" use. At this time, there are no universally accepted off-label uses for Viramune XR.

Viramune XR Medication Information

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