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Etravirine

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Related terms
Uses
Dosing
Safety
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Notes

    Related terms
    • Brand Names: U.S.: Intelence®
    • Brand Names: Canada: Intelence®

    Uses
    • It is used to treat HIV infection.
    • Etravirine works to harm the virus and fight the infection.

    Dosing

    How to take

    • Use as you have been told, even if you are feeling better.
    • To gain the most benefit, do not miss doses.
    • Take after meals.
    • Take with a full glass of water.
    • Swallow whole. Do not chew, break, or crush.
    • You may melt tablets in 1 teaspoon (5 mL) of water. Stir until it looks milky and then add more water, orange juice, or milk only. Drink right away. Rinse cup with more water, orange juice, or milk and drink. This can be done a few times to make sure the full dose has been taken.

    Missed Dose

    • If it has been 6 hours or more since the missed dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your normal time.
    • If it is has been less than 6 hours since the missed dose, take the missed dose right away.
    • Do not take 2 doses at the same time or extra doses.
    • Do not change the dose or stop this drug. Talk with the doctor.

    Storage

    • Store at room temperature.
    • Protect from water. Do not store in a bathroom or kitchen.

    Safety



    Warnings

    • This drug does not mix well with many drugs. Not safe reactions may happen. Check all drugs with doctor.

    Avoid

    • If you have an allergy to etravirine or any other part of this drug.
    • Tell your doctor if you are allergic to any drugs. Make sure to tell about the allergy and what signs you had. This includes telling about rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other signs.

    Precautions

    • Do not run out of this drug.
    • If you have high cholesterol, talk with your doctor.
    • If you have liver disease, talk with your doctor.
    • Have your blood work checked often. Talk with your doctor.
    • If you are taking a blood thinner, have your blood work checked. Talk with your doctor.
    • Check all drugs you are taking with your doctor. This drug may not mix well with some other drugs.
    • Keep a list of all your drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your doctor.
    • Do not take St John's wort with this drug. This drug may not work as well.
    • Avoid beer, wine, or mixed drinks.
    • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan on getting pregnant.
    • To protect from diseases caused by having sex, use a latex condom.
    • Use birth control that you can trust to stop pregnancy in HIV disease.
    • Birth control pills and other hormone-based birth control may not work to stop pregnancy. Use 2 kinds of birth control while taking this drug.
    • Do not breast-feed if you have HIV disease and live in the U.S.

    Side Effects

    • Upset stomach or throwing up. Many small meals, good mouth care, sucking hard, sugar-free candy, or chewing sugar-free gum may help.
    • High cholesterol level.
    • High blood sugar. This most often goes back to normal when drug is stopped.
    • Change in body fat.
    • Very bad skin effects may rarely happen.

    Contact a healthcare provider

    • If you think there was an overdose, call your local poison control center or ER right away.
    • Signs of a very bad reaction to the drug. These include wheezing; chest tightness; fever; itching; bad cough; blue or gray skin color; seizures; or swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat.
    • Signs of infection. These include a fever of 100.5°F (38°C) or higher, chills, very bad sore throat, ear or sinus pain, cough, more sputum or change in color of sputum, pain with passing urine, mouth sores, wound that will not heal, or anal itching or pain.
    • Feeling very tired or weak.
    • Not able to eat.
    • Dark urine or yellow skin or eyes.
    • Any rash.
    • Side effect or health problem is not better or you are feeling worse.

    General Statements

    • If you have a very bad allergy, wear an allergy ID at all times.
    • Do not share your drugs with others and do not take anyone else's drugs.
    • Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
    • Most drugs may be thrown away in household trash after mixing with coffee grounds or kitty litter and sealing in a plastic bag.
    • In Canada, take any unused drugs to the pharmacy. Also, visit http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/hl-vs/iyh-vsv/med/disposal-defaire-eng.php#th to learn about the right way to get rid of unused drugs.
    • Keep a list of all your drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your doctor.
    • Call your doctor for help with any side effects. If in the U.S., you may also call the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or if in Canada, you may also call Health Canada's Vigilance Program at 1-866-234-2345.
    • Talk with the doctor before starting any new drug, including OTC, natural products, or vitamins.
    • Read the package insert for more details.

    Author information
    • Copyright © 1978-2013 Lexi-Comp Inc. All rights reserved.

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    The information in this monograph is intended for informational purposes only, and is meant to help users better understand health concerns. Information is based on review of scientific research data, historical practice patterns, and clinical experience. This information should not be interpreted as specific medical advice. Users should consult with a qualified healthcare provider for specific questions regarding therapies, diagnosis and/or health conditions, prior to making therapeutic decisions.

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