Frequent question: What does nevirapine do to babies?

How long can a baby take nevirapine?

Infants receive their last dose of NVP at either 24 weeks of age or 1 week after breast-feeding cessation, whichever occurs first, and have follow-up visits until the infant is 32 weeks old.

Why should I give my baby nevirapine?

In many developing countries, a two-dose regimen of nevirapine (NVP) around the time of birth is advocated as the most cost-effective way to prevent mother to child HIV transmission. One dose is taken by the mother at the onset of labour and one dose is given to her baby, between 48 and 72 hours after birth.

What are the side effects of nevirapine?

The commonest side effects experienced by people taking nevirapine are rash, nausea, fatigue, fever, headache, vomiting, diarrhoea and abdominal pain. People taking nevirapine may also develop a low level of granulocytes, a type of white blood cell.

Is it safe to breastfeed while on ARVs?

Mothers who are on consistent antiretroviral treatment (ARV) throughout the breastfeeding period have an extremely low risk of transmitting HIV to their babies. Supporting an HIV-positive woman’s ability to breastfeed through ARV treatment and lactation counseling gives children the lifesaving benefits of breastmilk.

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Is it safe to breastfeed while taking ARVs?

If you do not have access to formula and clean, boiled water all of the time, you may be advised to breastfeed while both you and your baby are taking antiretroviral treatment. If you do breastfeed, you must always take your treatment and exclusively breastfeed (give breastmilk only) for at least six months.

Can I breastfeed if my viral load is undetectable?

BHIVA guidelines recommend that HIV-positive mothers should formula feed their infants. However, they also note that women with an undetectable viral load and good adherence who opt to breastfeed should be clinically supported to do so.

Does nevirapine cause rash in babies?

Tell your doctor if you or your child gets any type of skin rash, even a mild rash. Call your doctor right away if you or your child have a rash with blisters, fever, mouth sores, red or irritated eyes, swelling of the face, muscle or joint pain, or muscle weakness.

What will happen if I mix feed my baby?

Breast milk works best on a supply and demand basis; with the more your baby feeds the more milk your body produces. Mix feeding your baby therefore may affect your milk supply meaning that you produce less and that your milk supply may eventually dry up.