Intelence

Generic Name: Etravirine

  • What is Intelence?

    Intelence is used to treat HIV infection in adults. It must be used in combination with other HIV medications.
  • What is the most important information I should know about Intelence?

    Intelence is not a cure for HIV infection. It does not reduce the risk of passing HIV to others through sexual contact, sharing needles, or being exposed to blood. The long-term effects of Intelence are not known.
  • Who should not take Intelence?

    At this time there are no known reasons to avoid using Intelence.
  • What should I tell my doctor before I take the first dose of Intelence?

    Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Intelence. Also tell your doctor about your complete medical history, especially if you have liver problems (including hepatitis B or C), or if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.
  • What is the usual dosage?

    The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your doctor uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your doctor may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your doctor's approval.

    Adults: The usual dosage is 200 milligrams taken twice a day.

  • How should I take Intelence?

    You should take Intelence every day exactly as prescribed by your doctor. The usual dosage is 2 tablets twice a day (for a total of 4 tablets a day) following a meal. The tablets should be swallowed whole with liquids such as water.
  • What should I avoid while taking Intelence?

    You should not chew or crush the tablets. Never take Intelence on an empty stomach. Do not change your dose or stop taking Intelence without talking to your doctor.
  • What are possible food and drug interactions associated with Intelence?

    If Intelence is taken with certain drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. It is especially important to check with your doctor before combining Intelence with the following: other HIV medicines, drugs used to treat abnormal heart rhythms, blood thinners, anticonvulsants, antifungals, antibiotics such as clarithromycin, antimycobacterials such as rifampin and rifabutin, drugs used to treat tuberculosis, sleeping medications such as diazepam, corticosteroids, cholesterol-lowering drugs known as statins, immunosuppressants, narcotic painkillers, drugs used to treat erectile dysfunction, and the herb St. John's wort.
  • What are the possible side effects of Intelence?

    Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this drug.

    Side effects may include: skin rash, diarrhea, nausea, abdominal pain, vomiting, headache, changes in body shape or fat, immune reconstitution syndrome (signs of inflammation from opportunistic infections that may occur as the medicine works to control the HIV infection and strengthen the immune system)

  • Can I receive Intelence if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

    Intelence should be avoided during pregnancy and breastfeeding. Talk with your doctor before taking this drug if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.
  • What should I do if I miss a dose of Intelence?

    If it is within 6 hours of the time you usually take Intelence, take the missed dose as soon as possible following a meal. Then take your next dose at the regularly scheduled time. If you miss a dose of Intelence by more than 6 hours of the time you usually take it, wait and take the next dose at the regularly scheduled time. Do not double the next dose to make up for the missed dose.
  • How should I store Intelence?

    Store at room temperature.