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Brand Names: Rescriptor

Generic Name: delavirdine (Pronunciation: de la VIR deen)

What is delavirdine (Rescriptor)?

Delavirdine is an antiviral medication that prevents human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) cells from multiplying in your body.

Delavirdine is used to treat HIV, which causes the acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS). Delavirdine is not a cure for HIV or AIDS.

Delavirdine may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.

Rescriptor 100 mg

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What are the possible side effects of delavirdine (Rescriptor)?

Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Call your doctor at once if you have any of these serious side effects:

  • signs of an infection such as fever, chills, night sweats, sore throat, flu symptoms, weakness, easy bruising or unusual bleeding, loss of appetite, mouth sores;
  • rapid heart rate, tremors, sleep problems (insomnia), feeling anxious or irritable;
  • severe diarrhea, unexplained weight loss, menstrual changes, impotence, loss of interest in sex;
  • swelling in your neck or throat (enlarged thyroid);
  • weakness or prickly feeling in your fingers or toes;
  • problems with balance or eye movement, trouble speaking or swallowing;
  • severe lower back pain, loss of bladder or bowel control;
  • muscle weakness, tired feeling, joint or muscle pain, feeling short of breath; or
  • severe skin reaction -- fever, sore throat, swelling in your face or tongue, burning in your eyes, skin pain, followed by a red or purple skin rash that spreads (especially in the face or upper body) and causes blistering and peeling.

Less serious side effects may include:

  • mild itching or rash;
  • headache, nausea;
  • cold symptoms such as stuffy nose, sneezing, sore throat; or
  • changes in the shape or location of body fat (especially in your arms, legs, face, neck, breasts, and waist).

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

What is the most important information I should know about delavirdine (Rescriptor)?

There are many other drugs that can cause serious or life threatening medical problems if you take them together with delavirdine. Tell your doctor about all other medicines you use, especially: a sedative, cholesterol-lowering medication, seizure medication, tuberculosis medication, or migraine headache medicine.

Do not start using a new medication without telling your doctor. Keep a list with you of all the medicines you use and show this list to any doctor or other healthcare provider who treats you.

HIV/AIDS is usually treated with a combination of different drugs. To best treat your condition, use all of your medications as directed by your doctor. Do not change your doses or medication schedule without advice from your doctor. Every person with HIV or AIDS should remain under the care of a doctor.

Avoid having unprotected sex or sharing needles, razors, or toothbrushes. Taking this medication will not prevent you from passing HIV to other people. Talk with your doctor about safe methods of preventing HIV transmission during sex. Sharing drug or medicine needles is never safe, even for a healthy person.

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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