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delavirdine (cont.)

What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking delavirdine (Rescriptor)?

You should not use this medication if you are allergic to delavirdine, or if you are using any of the following drugs:

Using any of these medicines while you are taking delavirdine can cause serious medical problems or death.

To make sure delavirdine is safe for you, tell your doctor if you have any of these other conditions:

FDA pregnancy category C. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant while using this medication. HIV can be passed to your baby if you are not properly treated during pregnancy. Take all of your HIV medicines as directed to control your infection.

Women with HIV or AIDS should not breast feed a baby. Even if your baby is born without HIV, the virus may be passed to the baby in your breast milk.

How should I take delavirdine (Rescriptor)?

Take exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Do not take in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended. Follow the directions on your prescription label.

Do not take delavirdine as your only HIV medication. HIV/AIDS is usually treated with a combination of different drugs. Your disease may become resistant to delavirdine if you do not take it in combination with other HIV medicines your doctor has prescribed.

This medication comes with patient instructions for safe and effective use. Follow these directions carefully. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions.

Delavirdine can be taken with or without food. If you have a condition of decreased stomach acid, your doctor may recommend taking delavirdine with an acidic beverage such as orange or cranberry juice.

The 100-milligram delavirdine tablets may be dissolved in water to make swallowing easier. Place 4 tablets into at least 3 ounces (just under 1/3 cup) of water. Let the liquid stand for a few minutes, then stir to allow the tablets to disperse evenly in the liquid. Drink this mixture right away. To make sure you get the entire dose, add a little more water to the same glass, swirl gently and drink right away.

The 200-milligram delavirdine tablets must be swallowed whole. Do not crush, chew, or disperse the tablets in water.

Use delavirdine regularly to get the most benefit. Get your prescription refilled before you run out of medicine completely.

To best treat your condition, use all medications as directed by your doctor. Read the medication guide or patient instructions provided with each medication. Do not change your doses or medication schedule without your doctor's advice. Every person with HIV or AIDS should remain under the care of a doctor.

You may need regular medical tests to be sure this medication is not causing harmful effects. Visit your doctor regularly.

Store at room temperature away from moisture and heat.

Report Problems to the Food and Drug Administration

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

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