Proper Use

Drug information provided by: Micromedex

This medicine can be taken with our without food.

It is very important that you find out about medicines that can not be taken with delavirdine.

It is best to swallow both the 100 milligram (mg) and 200 milligram (mg) tablets whole. However, if swallowing is difficult, the 100 milligram (mg) tablet can be put in a glass of water (at least 3 ounces), allowed to sit for a few minutes, and then stirred to mix. Drink the mixture right away. Then rinse the glass with water and drink that rinse to make sure the full dose is taken.

Note: Only the 100 milligram (mg) tablets can be put into a glass of water to dissolve. The 200 milligram (mg) tablets must be swallowed whole.

Do not take any antacid medications within 1 hour of the time you take delavirdine. They may prevent delavirdine from being absorbed into the body.

For patients with achlorhydria (absence of stomach acid) they should take delavirdine with a glass of orange juice or cranberry juice.

Take this medicine exactly as directed by your doctor. Do not take it more often, and do not take it for a longer time than your doctor ordered. Also, do not stop taking this medicine without checking with your doctor first.

Keep taking delavirdine for the full time of treatment, even if you begin to feel better.

Dosing

The dose of this medicine will be different for different patients. Follow your doctor's orders or the directions on the label. The following information includes only the average doses of this medicine. If your dose is different, do not change it unless your doctor tells you to do so.

The amount of medicine that you take depends on the strength of the medicine. Also, the number of doses you take each day, the time allowed between doses, and the length of time you take the medicine depend on the medical problem for which you are using the medicine.

  • For oral dosage form (tablets):
    • For treatment of HIV infection:
      • Adults—400 mg three times a day in combination with other antiretroviral medicines. Your healthcare professional will decide on the other medicines needed and how much you will use.
      • Children younger than 16 years of age—Use and dose must be determined by your doctor.

Missed Dose

If you miss a dose of this medicine, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not double doses.

Storage

Store the medicine in a closed container at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and direct light. Keep from freezing.

Keep out of the reach of children.

Do not keep outdated medicine or medicine no longer needed.