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Two weeks of low dose of nevirapine

Oct 11, 2012

My thirty two (32)month old son is on nevirapine, he takes two and a half tabs twice a day. He has just been on a two week trip with some friends and I have found out that he was given one tab twice a day, that is 2/5ths of his dose. Please what are the consequences and what should I do before I can see his doctor next week?

Response from Dr. Young

Hello and thanks for posting.

I'm not sure what dose your son is taking, but nevirapine should either be dosed 400 mg once a day or 200 mg twice daily. Usually, this is either a single 400 mg tablet or 2-200 mg tablets once daily, or 1- 200 mg tablet twice a day.

Nevirapine should not be taken alone, so your son should be taking his medication with 2 other medications, often coformulated into a single pill.

Taking the right doses and number of medications is critical to the success of HIV medications. I'd make sure that you, your son and his doctor have a detailed discussion next week to clarify the right instructions.

I hope that helps. BY

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