Nevirapine is a medication called non-nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitor. It can be taken with antiretroviral drugs. It acts by reducing HIV viral loads and increasing CD4 counts. So as to retarding or preventing the damage to the immune system and decreasing the risk of developing AIDS. This active component is a nonnucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitor to treat human immunodeficiency virus infection and the acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS).
Class of Drugs – Reverse transcriptase inhibitors
Molecular Formula – C15H14N4O
Molecular Weight - 266.3 g/mol
Working: This medication Nevirapine belongs to a class of drugs known as reverse transcriptase inhibitors. It belongs to a subclass of protease inhibitors known as nonnucleoside protease inhibitors. The HIV virus multiplies within the cells of the body. These viruses then released from the cells and spread throughout the body where they infect other cells.
The infection spreads to new cells and HIV infection is perpetuated. Reverse transcriptase is the enzyme that the virus useful to form this new DNA. This active component inhibits the activity of reverse transcriptase and restricts the production of DNA and new viruses. It does not kill existing HIV virus and it is not a cure for HIV.
Uses: This medication is indicated with other HIV drugs to help control HIV infection. It decreases the amount of HIV in the body so immune system can work better. Nevirapine lowers the chance of getting HIV complications and improves the quality of life. It belongs to a class of drugs known as non-nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors.
Popular Brands and Dosages: This active component is composed in popular brand medicines as given below:
- Viramune: 200 mg
Seek immediate medical help in case of experience liver problems or skin/allergic reactions while consuming this medication.