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Edurant is a prescription HIV medicine that helps to treat HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) infection in adults. HIV is the virus that causes AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome). Edurant is a type of HIV medicine called a non-nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitor (NNRTI).
It is used in adults who have never taken HIV medicines before.
Edurant must be taken with other HIV medicines.
Edurant does not cure HIV infection or AIDS.
Edurant can cause serious side effects including:
Depression or mood changes. Tell your doctor right away if you have any of the following symptoms:
feeling sad or hopeless
feeling anxious or restless
have thoughts of hurting yourself (suicide) or have tried to hurt yourself
Changes in body fat can happen in people taking HIV medicines. These changes may include an increased amount of fat in the upper back and neck ("buffalo hump"), breast, and around the middle of your body (trunk). Loss of fat from the legs, arms, and face may also happen. The exact cause and long- term health effects of these problems are not known.
Changes in your immune system (Immune Reconstitution Syndrome) can happen when you start taking HIV medicines. Your immune system may get stronger and begin to fight infections that have been hidden in your body for a long time. Call your doctor right away if you start having new symptoms after starting your HIV medicine.
Common side effects of Edurant include: trouble sleeping (insomnia) headache rash Tell your doctor if you have any side effect that bothers you or that does not go away.