Nevirapine is a nonnucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitor used in combination with other agents in the therapy of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection and the acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS). Nevirapine is associated with a high rate of serum aminotransferase elevations during therapy and is a well established cause of acute, clinically apparent liver injury.


Nevirapine (ne vir' a peen) is a nonnucleoside inhibitor of the HIV polymerase enzyme and acts by binding to and disrupting the active catalytic site of the viral polymerase, causing a conformational change in the three dimensional structure of the enzyme. Nevirapine is a potent inhibitor of HIV replication and is a major component of highly reactive antiretroviral therapy (HAART) commonly being given in combination with one or two nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors. Nevirapine was approved for use in HIV infection in the United States in 1996 and is currently used in a high proportion of HAART regimens. Nevirapine is available in generic forms and under the brand name of Viramune in standard tablets of 200 mg and extended release tablets of 400 mg. The usual adult dose is 200 mg once daily for 2 weeks followed by standard 200 mg tablets twice daily or extended release tablets of 400 mg once daily. Nevirapine is used in combination with other antiretroviral agents and is available in combinations with zidovudine and lamivudine. An oral suspension is also available for use in pediatrics. Common side effects include rash (~20%), nausea, fatigue, fever and headache. Uncommon but severe adverse reactions include hepatotoxicity, severe skin reactions, hypersensitivity reactions, immune reconstitution syndrome, and abnormal fat distribution.


Therapy with nevirapine is associated with significant elevations in ALT levels (above 5 times the upper limit of normal) in 4% to 20% of patients and symptomatic elevations in 1% to 5% of patients. These elevations are usually transient but can be symptomatic and may require discontinuation of nevirapine. Risk factors for ALT elevations include preexisting liver disease due to HCV or HBV, and possibly female gender, CD4 T cell counts above 250/μL, and absence of HIV infection (such as when given for prophylaxis after an acute exposure). In addition, among the more than 20 antiretroviral agents in current use, nevirapine is perhaps the most common cause of serious, clinically apparent acute liver injury. The frequency of clinically apparent liver injury due to nevirapine is as high as 1%, with fatalities occurring in approximately 0.1% of treated patients. The onset of injury is almost always within the first 6 to 8 weeks of therapy (average 3 weeks) and presenting symptoms are typically abdominal pain and fatigue, followed by fever, rash and jaundice. A large proportion of patients have features of immunoallergic hepatitis (nevirapine hypersensitivity syndrome) with rash, fever and eosinophilia (Cases 2 and 3). Autoantibodies are not common. Most instances have cholestatic features, but initial serum enzyme elevations may be hepatocellular in pattern, particularly in severe cases (Case 1). The associated rash can be severe and compatible with toxic epidermal necrosis or Stevens-Johnson syndrome. Some cases of clinically apparent hepatotoxicity due to nevirapine are not associated with signs of hypersensitivity, and these generally present after the first 8 weeks of therapy but can be severe and even fatal.

Likelihood score: A (well known cause of clinically apparent liver injury).

Mechanism of Injury

The mechanism of hepatic injury with nevirapine is believed to be immunoallergic. Hepatic injury is more common among women than men and in patients with higher CD4 T cell counts and has been associated with specific HLA types. However, not all cases of nevirapine hepatotoxicity may be immunoallergic in origin, particularly those with a longer latency period to onset. Nevirapine has extensive hepatic metabolism and is a substrate for CYP 2B6 and 3A4 and a potent inducer of these enzymes, features that favor potential production of a toxic intermediate that might cause liver injury.

Outcome and Management

Nevirapine hepatotoxicity can be severe and fatal instances as well as cases requiring emergency liver transplantation have been described. In large case series, nevirapine is usually listed in the major causes of drug induced acute liver failure. The nevirapine product label includes a boxed warning about hepatotoxicity and recommends regular monitoring for liver test abnormalities before and at least monthly for the first 18 weeks of treatment. Some degree of ALT elevation arises in up to 25% of patients treated with nevirapine-containing antiretroviral regimens which usually resolve even with continuation of therapy. Nevirapine should be promptly discontinued if serum aminotransferase levels rise about 10 times ULN or are persistently above 5 times ULN or if accompanied by bilirubin elevations or symptoms of hepatitis. Patients with nevirapine hepatotoxicity should not be restarted on treatment. There appears to be little if any cross sensitivity to hepatotoxicity among the other antiretroviral agents, including other nonnucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors such as efavirenz, etravine, delavirdine and rilpivirine.

Drug Class: Antiviral Agents, Antiretroviral Agents

Other Drugs in the Subclass, Nonnucleoside Reverse Transcriptase Inhibitors: Delavirdine, Doravirine, Efavirenz, Etravirine, Rilpivirine


Case 1. Severe acute hepatitis due to nevirapine.(1)

A 28 year old woman with HIV infection [CD4 count 255 cells/µL; HIV level 100,000 copies/mL] was started on antiretroviral therapy consisting of zidovudine, lamivudine and nevirapine and developed nausea and headache followed by jaundice and pruritus 6 weeks later. On presentation, she was jaundiced without fever or rash. There were marked elevations in serum aminotransferase levels with bilirubin of 11.2 mg/dL, a prothrombin index of 28%, no eosinophilia and mild lactic acidemia (Table). Liver tests had been normal before therapy. Tests for hepatitis A, B, C and E were negative as were auto-antibodies. Serum copper and ceruloplasmin levels were normal. Ultrasonography and CT scans of the abdomen were unremarkable. She had taken acetaminophen [3 g/day] for the 2 days before presentation and acetaminophen levels were 11 mg/L. Nevirapine was stopped and she was given infusions of N-acetylcysteine. Nevertheless, she deteriorated rapidly developing stage 2 encephalopathy. A liver biopsy showed massive necrosis with portal inflammation and bile duct proliferation. There was no microvesicular fat, and no findings of chronic liver disease. Serum aminotransferase levels fell but the prothrombin index worsened and she underwent liver transplantation 3 days after admission. She had an uneventful post-transplant course and was placed on efavirenz, abacavir and lamivudine 15 days later. In follow up 3 months later, her liver tests were normal.

Key Points

Laboratory Values


A typical timing for onset of nevirapine hepatotoxicity with a hepatocellular pattern of serum enzyme elevations. Unlike many cases, there were no signs or findings of hypersensitivity (rash, fever, lymphadenopathy, facial edema, eosinophilia). Furthermore, she had taken full doses of acetaminophen for two days before presentation and there may have been an element of superimposed acetaminophen hepatotoxicity (explaining the initial, very high ALT levels and marked centrolobular necrosis). In follow up, she was treated with efavirenz (another nonnucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitor) without evidence of recurrence of hepatic injury.

Case 2. Acute immunoallergic hepatitis due to nevirapine.(2)

A 26 year old pregnant woman with HIV infection developed fever and skin rash 6 weeks after starting antiretroviral therapy with nevirapine, lamivudine and zidovudine. Before therapy, her CD4 count was 614 cells/µL, HIV RNA level was 1642 copies/mL, and liver tests were normal. On admission at 32 weeks gestation, she was febrile and jaundiced and had a diffuse urticarial rash. Laboratory tests showed eosinophilia and a cholestatic pattern of serum enzyme elevation (Table). Tests for hepatitis A, B and C and for EBV and CMV infection were negative, as were autoantibodies. Ultrasound of the liver showed no evidence of obstruction. Nevirapine was stopped and she was given corticosteroids. Over the next few days she continued to worsen and emergency Caesarian section was done. Thereafter, she began to improve and was discharged 4 days after delivery. In follow up, she was asymptomatic, had normal liver test results and the child was well and without evidence of HIV infection.

Key Points

Laboratory Values


A very characteristic example of the DRESS syndrome (drug rash with eosinophilia and systemic symptoms) due to nevirapine in a woman with HIV infection and a CD4 count above 250/µL. The associated immunoallergic hepatitis was severe with bilirubin levels reaching 20 mg/dL and prolongation of prothrombin time. While the clinical course was also compatible with pregnancy associated HELPP syndrome, the timing and immunoallergic features suggest that nevirapine was the major cause. Women may be more susceptible to the immunoallergic hepatitis caused by nevirapine, and pregnancy may increase the risk further. Corticosteroids are often used in patients with severe immunoallergic hepatitis and they appear to improve many of the manifestations of hypersensitivity, but their efficacy in altering the ultimate outcome of the liver injury has not been proven.

Case 3. Acute immunoallergic hepatitis due to nevirapine.(3)

A 31 year old man with HIV-HCV coinfection developed a diffuse maculopapular rash within 7 days of switching antiretroviral therapy from zidovudine and didanosine to nevirapine (200 mg daily), lamivudine (150 mg twice daily) and stavudine (40 mg twice daily). All three drugs were stopped and the rash resolved rapidly. Ten days later, all three agents were restarted, but rash and fever (to 39o C) appeared two days later followed by myalgias, dark urine, jaundice and pruritus. Laboratory testing showed eosinophilia, elevations in serum enzymes and hyperbilirubinemia (Table). All three drugs were stopped, and he was monitored carefully. Ultrasound of the abdomen showed no evidence of biliary obstruction. Symptoms resolved and laboratory abnormalities resolved rapidly. Serum ALT levels, which had been minimally elevated before nevirapine therapy, returned to the pretreatment levels. He was restarted on lamivudine, stavudine and indinavir without reappearance of rash or jaundice.

Key Points

Laboratory Values


A very characteristic example of drug rash with eosinophilia and hepatic injury due to a nevirapine in a patient with HIV and HCV infection. The injury was characterized by a mild cholestatic pattern with rapid recovery with stopping therapy. While a large proportion of patients develop rash with nevirapine therapy (usually within the first 3 weeks of starting), only a proportion (~10 to 20%) develop serum ALT elevations at the time of the rash, and an even smaller proportion (~1 to 5%) develop clinically apparent liver injury and jaundice. Hepatitis C may predispose to clinically apparent liver injury but, in this instance, HCV did not appear to play a role. Persons who develop a rash on nonnucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors should be monitored for serum ALT levels; but often can remain on therapy, the rash resolving despite continuing the agent. The presence of marked serum ALT elevations or symptoms should lead to stopping therapy.



Nevirapine – Generic, Viramune®


Antiviral Agents


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    (6 patients with HIV infection who developed acute liver failure on antiretroviral therapy, including stavudine [n=5], lamivudine [n=3], didanosine [n=2], saquinavir [n=2], efavirenz [n=2], nevirapine [n=2], or nelfinavir, delavirdine or zidovudine [n=1] for 1-3 months [peak bilirubin 2.7-32 mg/dL, AST 240-8650 U/L, Alk P 122-191 U/L]; 2 with signs of hypersensitivity; two with hepatitis B; 5 died, autopsies showing massive necrosis; one with massive steatosis; likely multiple causes).
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    (Retrospective analysis of 272 HIV-positive patients seen in an New York City practice; ALT elevations above 5 times ULN occurred in only 1.1% regardless of type of nonnucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitor used or presence of coinfection with HBV or HCV).
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    (39 year old man with HIV infection developed fever and malaise one month after starting nevirapine, zidovudine and lamivudine [bilirubin 1.7 mg/dL, ALT 1558 U/L, Alk P 577 U/L], resolving within 2 weeks of stopping; lamivudine and zidovudine were restarted).
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    (35 and 37 year old men with HIV infection developed generalized rash and oral erosions or palmar involvement 20 and 29 days after starting nevirapine, both requiring corticosteroids and having slow recovery; ALT levels were elevated in one patient who also had HCV infection).
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    (Prospective analysis of 568 patients, ALT levels >5 times ULN occurred in 16% on nevirapine and 8% on efavirenz, only 1/3rd in first 12 weeks, usually associated with HBV or HCV coinfection [69%] or concurrent protease inhibitor use [82%]; no recurrence on switching from one to the other).
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    (Among 42 patients with HIV-HCV coinfection who were started on antiretroviral therapy, 30 [72%] developed ALT elevations which were above 5 times ULN in 6 [14%], but there was no association of these elevations with decreases in HIV RNA levels or increases in CD4 counts of HCV RNA levels).
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    (26 year old pregnant woman with CD4 count of 614 developed rash and fever 6 weeks after starting lamivudine, zidovudine and nevirapine [9.6% eosinophilia, bilirubin 12 mg/dL, ALT 235 U/L, Alk P 257 U/L, INR 2.4], who worsened despite stopping nevirapine and receiving corticosteroids; had emergency Caesarian with subsequent recovery: Case 2).
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    (Comparison of 41 patients with HIV-HCV coinfection and 147 with HCV infection alone for clinical features; higher HCV RNA levels and more advanced fibrosis were found in HIV infected).
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    (Case controlled study of 70 patients treated with nevirapine for HIV infection; nevirapine plasma levels were the same in HIV-HCV co-infected as in HIV-mono-infected patients: 5.8 vs 6.1 µg/mL: see Gonzalez de Requena 2002).
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    (Among 306 patients starting a nevirapine-containing regimen for HIV infection, 8 developed acute hepatitis [2.6%] after 8-31 days [bilirubin 0.5-5.8 mg/mL, ALT 150-596 U/L, Alk P 67-789 U/L], all resolving within 2-7 weeks of stopping).
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    (43 year old man with HIV and severe hepatitis C became HIV and HCV RNA negative after complications of cirrhosis and while on long term nevirapine and indinavir therapy).
  • Law WP, Dore GJ, Duncombe CJ, Mahanontharit A, Boyd MA, Ruxrungtham K, Lange JM, et al. Risk of severe hepatotoxicity associated with antiretroviral therapy in the HIV-NAT Cohort, Thailand, 1996-2001. AIDS. 2003;17:2191–9. [PubMed: 14523276]
    (Among 692 patients in 8 controlled trials in Thailand, rate of ALT elevations above 5 times ULN was 6.1/100 patient years overall; in multivariate analysis, risk factors were HBV [Relative risk=3.9], HCV [3.0], and use of nonnucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors [6.8], rate with nevirapine [18.6/100 person years] higher than efavirenz [2.4/100 person years]).
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    (Retrospective review of 136 patients treated with regimens including nonnucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors, 48% had ALT elevations which were >5 times ULN in 20%; risk factors were alcohol use, HCV infection and 4 drug regimens; 3 of 17 patients with ALT elevations on nevirapine redeveloped ALT elevations on restarting; 2 patient had jaundice, but had HCV coinfection and were exposed to other hepatotoxins).
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    (Analysis from 10 European centers of fibrosis on liver biopsies from 914 HIV-HCV coinfected patients; 13% had cirrhosis; predictors of severe fibrosis were older age [Odds Ratio=2.95], excessive alcohol use [1.6], and low CD4 counts [1.4], but not use of antiretroviral therapy).
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    (Analysis of data from 17 randomized controlled trials of nevirapine done between 1991 and 2001, ALT >5 times ULN in 10%, 2/3rds were asymptomatic; risk factors were elevated baseline ALT levels, HBV or HCV coinfection, and higher baseline CD4 counts; 4 of 2545 patients died of liver failure in noncomparative trials and 3 among 5302 patients in cohort studies ~1/1000).
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    (Letter in response to Stern et al. from members of the FDA whose analyses identified 285 patients [11%] with hepatic adverse events due to nevirapine; rash associated events in 2.7%, symptomatic hepatitis in 2.7%; associated with higher pretreatment CD4 counts).
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    (Analysis of MedWatch system and published results found 12 instances of severe rash [3 Stevens-Johnson syndrome] in non-HIV infected persons receiving nevirapine as prophylaxis against acute HIV exposure, arising after 7-12 days, 6 with fever; 30 instances of liver injury, after average of 20 days, one fulminant).
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  • Hitti J, Frenkel LM, Stek AM, Nachman SA, Baker D, Gonzalez-Garcia A, Provisor A, et al. PACTG 1022 Study Team. Maternal toxicity with continuous nevirapine in pregnancy: results from PACTG 1022. J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr. 2004;36:772–6. [PubMed: 15213559]
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    (39 year old man developed oral ulcers within 2 weeks of starting nevirapine, progressing to Stevens-Johnson syndrome and severe hepatitis, with rapid improvement after IVIG and N-acetylcysteine therapy; few details provided).
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    (In a prospective study, ALT elevations >5 times normal occurred in 17% [66/385] of nevirapine vs 0% [0/83] of efavirenz treated patients, usually in first 12 weeks, most had symptoms including rash, nausea and jaundice; two cases of acute liver failure and death on nevirapine).
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    (Among 107 patients with HIV-HCV coinfection and pretreatment liver biopsy; ALT elevations of >5 times ULN [or 3.5 times baseline] occurred in 38% with advanced fibrosis and 15% without. Higher rates of ALT elevations with nevirapine and efavirenz [13%] found only in those with advanced fibrosis).
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    (Among 1038 HIV-HCV coinfected patients starting antiretroviral therapy, the risk of ALT elevations above 5 times ULN was 17.1/100 patient years in treatment-naïve and 8.2 in treatment-experienced group; risk factors being higher baseline ALT levels and use of nonnucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors).
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    (Analysis of 735 HIV-positive patients starting efavirenz and 813 starting nevirapine containing regimens; 12 patients in both groups developed ALT levels >5 times ULN, but monitoring was irregular; no deaths from liver disease occurred and no racial differences in rates of ALT elevations were found; HCV coinfection was a risk factor).
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    (38 year old woman with HIV infection developed acute liver failure 6 weeks after starting nevirapine, zidovudine and lamivudine [bilirubin 11.2 mg/dL, ALT 12578 U/L, GGT 340 U/L], undergoing liver transplantation and later tolerating efavirenz without recurrence: Case 1).
  • Haas DW, Bartlett JA, Andersen JW, Sanne I, Wilkinson GR, Hinkle J, Rousseau F, et al. Adult AIDS Clinical Trials Group. Pharmacogenetics of nevirapine-associated hepatotoxicity: an Adult AIDS Clinical Trials Group collaboration. Clin Infect Dis. 2006;43:783–6. [PubMed: 16912957]
    (A polymorphism of the MDR gene [p-glycoprotein] was associated with lower rate of hepatotoxicity attributed to nevirapine in a controlled trial conducted in South Africa: 10.6% of cases vs 19.4% of controls had MDR1 3435C→T, believed to have an effect on the transporter function of MDR1; no linkage to CYP polymorphisms found).
  • Ritchie MD, Haas DW, Motsinger AA, Donahue JP, Erdem H, Raffanti S, Rebeiro P, et al. Drug transporter and metabolizing enzyme gene variants and nonnucleoside reverse-transcriptase inhibitor hepatotoxicity. Clin Infect Dis. 2006;43:779–82. [PubMed: 16912956]
    (Case control study of 9 nevirapine and 4 efavirenz recipients who developed ALT >5 times ULN on therapy vs 49 controls; found weak association with MDR1 [p-glycoprotein: ABCB1] polymorphism).
  • Maniar JK, Shah SR, Verma R, Kamath R, Gupte P, Maniar A. Nevirapine-induced fulminant hepatitis. J Assoc Physicians India. 2006;54:957–8. [PubMed: 17334017]
    (38 year old man with HIV infection developed abdominal pain and nausea 3 weeks after starting nevirapine, zidovudine and lamivudine [bilirubin 1.4 mg/dL, ALT 1421 U/L, Alk P not given, INR 2.6], with rapid deterioration and death in 3 days).
  • Lyons F, Hopkins S, Kelleher B, McGeary A, Sheehan G, Geoghegan J, Bergin C, et al. Maternal hepatotoxicity with nevirapine as part of combination antiretroviral therapy in pregnancy. HIV Med. 2006;7:255–60. [PubMed: 16630038]
    (Retrospective analysis of 123 women given antiretroviral regimen including nevirapine [usually with zidovudine and lamivudine] during pregnancy; one-third had ALT elevations, 8 developed ALT or AST levels >5 times ULN and 2 had fever, rash and hepatitis at 4 and 8 weeks subsequently dying of hepatic failure; risk factors appeared to be higher CD4 counts and black race).
  • Björnsson E, Olsson R. Suspected drug-induced liver fatalities reported to the WHO database. Dig Liver Dis. 2006;38:33–8. [PubMed: 16054882]
    (In WHO database of fatal adverse drug reactions from 1968-2003, 4690 reports of drug induced liver fatality; nevirapine was the 9th most common cause [~60 cases]).
  • Drummond NS, Vilar FJ, Naisbitt DJ, Hanson A, Woods A, Park BK, Pirmohamed M. Drug-specific T cells in an HIV-positive patient with nevirapine-induced hepatitis. Antivir Ther. 2006;11:393–5. [PubMed: 16759058]
    (30 year old man with HIV infection developed nausea and jaundice without rash 4 weeks after starting nevirapine [bilirubin levels unclear, ALT ~950 U/L, Alk P ~610 U/L], resolving within 6 weeks of stopping; positive lymphocyte stimulation, but unable to clone specific T cells).
  • Maida I, Núñez M, Ríos MJ, Martín-Carbonero L, Sotgiu G, Toro C, Rivas P, et al. Severe liver disease associated with prolonged exposure to antiretroviral drugs. J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr. 2006;42:177–82. [PubMed: 16688096]
    (Survey of 3200 HIV-positive patients in Spain identified 17 [0.5%] with cryptogenic chronic liver disease, 83% male, ages 27-57 years, mostly gay men with long term infection; minimal ALT, GGT, and Alk P elevations; biopsy in 5 showed nonspecific changes, elastography often abnormal; didanosine implicated in case controlled analysis, multifactorial, but some cases may have represented nodular regeneration rather than cirrhosis).
  • Lyons F, Hopkins S, Kelleher B, McGeary A, Sheehan G, Geoghegan J, Bergin C, et al. Maternal hepatotoxicity with nevirapine as part of combination antiretroviral therapy in pregnancy. HIV Med. 2006;7:255–60. [PubMed: 16630038]
    (Retrospective analysis of 123 pregnant women in Dublin treated with nevirapine; 8 developed hepatotoxicity with ALT >5 times ULN; two died of fulminant hepatitis [onset after 4 and 5 weeks of nevirapine, lamivudine and zidovudine with rash followed by jaundice; bilirubin 12.5 and 5.9 mg/dL, AST 2850 and 1276 U/L], rapidly progressing to coma and death; lesser ALT elevations occurred in another 25% of patients).
  • João EC, Calvet GA, Menezes JA, D'Ippolito MM, Cruz ML, Salgado LA, Matos HJ. Nevirapine toxicity in a cohort of HIV-1-infected pregnant women. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2006;194:199–202. [PubMed: 16389032]
    (Retrospective study of 197 pregnant women in Brazil given nevirapine; enzyme elevations occurred in 5.6%, but only one case of serious liver toxicity, marked by rash and cholestatic hepatitis at 7 weeks).
  • Servoss JC, Kitch DW, Andersen JW, Reisler RB, Chung RT, Robbins GK. Predictors of antiretroviral-related hepatotoxicity in the adult AIDS Clinical Trial Group (1989-1999). J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr. 2006;43:320–3. [PubMed: 16967041]
    (Analysis of factors that predict “serious hepatotoxicity” in 9% of cohort of 8851 patients with HIV infection enrolled in trials of antiretroviral therapy; factors identified included elevated baseline liver tests, HCV coinfection, and in subgroups, didanosine, nevirapine and stavudine use).
  • Hofman P, Nelson AM. The pathology induced by highly active antiretroviral therapy against human immunodeficiency virus: an update. Curr Med Chem. 2006;13:3121–32. [PubMed: 17168701]
    (Review of pathology of adverse effects of antiretroviral agents with examples of hepatic mitochondrial liver injury and cholestasis).
  • Núñez M. Hepatotoxicity of antiretrovirals: incidence, mechanisms and management. J Hepatol. 2006;44(1) Suppl:S132–9. [PubMed: 16364487]
    (Review of hepatotoxicity of antiretrovirals; elevations in ALT or AST above 5 times ULN occurs in 2-18% of HIV-positive patients starting therapy, more frequent with HCV or HBV coinfection; combination of protease inhibitors with low dose ritonavir does not seem to increase risk; agents with highest risk are nevirapine and the nonnucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors).
  • Kondo W, Carraro EA, Prandel E, Dias JM, Perini J, Macedo RL, Cornelsen TC, et al. Nevirapine-induced side effects in pregnant women: experience of a Brazilian university hospital. Braz J Infect Dis. 2007;11:544–8. [PubMed: 18327464]
    (Among 133 women starting antiretroviral therapy during pregnancy, 21 [16%] developed rash and 6 [5%] ALT elevations usually within the first 7 weeks; all had CD4 counts >250/µL before therapy, none developed jaundice or Stevens-Johnson syndrome).
  • Forna F, Liechty CA, Solberg P, Asiimwe F, Were W, Mermin J, Behumbiize P, et al. Clinical toxicity of highly active antiretroviral therapy in a home-based AIDS care program in rural Uganda. J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr. 2007;44:456–62. [PubMed: 17279048]
    (Among 1029 adults started on nevirapine with lamivudine and stavudine, 58 [~6%] developed rash and 5 [~.5%] developed acute hepatitis, 3 with rash; 1 death due to hypersensitivity syndrome and hepatitis arising 4 weeks after starting triple therapy with nevirapine).
  • Hall DB, Macgregor TR. Case-control exploration of relationships between early rash or liver toxicity and plasma concentrations of nevirapine and primary metabolites. HIV Clin Trials. 2007;8:391–9. [PubMed: 18042504]
    (Case controlled study of plasma nevirapine and metabolite levels in 49 patients with a hypersensitivity reaction and 49 controls; no significant differences, indicating the idiosyncratic nature of this response).
  • Mehta U, Maartens G. Is it safe to switch between efavirenz and nevirapine in the event of toxicity? Lancet Infect Dis. 2007;7:733–8. [PubMed: 17961859]
    (Review; some evidence of cross sensitivity between nevirapine and efavirenz to skin rash, but none to hepatotoxicity; total of 11 patients reported in literature to have switched and none had recurrence of liver injury).
  • Phillips E, Gutiérrez S, Jahnke N, Yip B, Lima VD, Hogg RS, Harrigan PR, et al. Determinants of nevirapine hypersensitivity and its effect on the association between hepatitis C status and mortality in antiretroviral drug-naïve HIV-positive patients. AIDS. 2007;21:1561–8. [PubMed: 17630551]
    (Database analysis of nevirapine “hypersensitivity reaction” which occurred in 9.6% of patients and was associated with poor prognosis; no predictive factors of the reaction and unclear whether definition accurately captured all hypersensitivity reactions).
  • Manfredi R, Calza L. Safety issues about nevirapine administration in HIV-infected pregnant women. J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr. 2007;45:365–8. [PubMed: 17592340]
    (Experience in managing 31 pregnant women on nevirapine, none developing clinically apparent hepatotoxicity or ALT elevations above 5 times ULN).
  • Natarajan U, Pym A, McDonald C, Velisetty P, Edwards SG, Hay P, Welch J, et al. Safety of nevirapine in pregnancy. HIV Med. 2007;8:64–9. [PubMed: 17305934]
    (Retrospective study of 235 pregnant women with HIV infection in UK treated with nevirapine containing regimens; 6% developed rash and 3.4% hepatotoxicity within 6 weeks [ALT 161-807 U/L], all recovered).
  • Rivero A, Mira JA, Pineda JA. Liver toxicity induced by non-nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors. J Antimicrob Chemother. 2007;59:342–6. [PubMed: 17255142]
    (Review of liver toxicity of nevirapine and efavirenz; ALT elevations reported in 1-8% of efavirenz compared to 4-16% of nevirapine recipients).
  • Maggiolo F, Arici C, Airoldi M, Ripamonti D, Quinzan G, Gregis G, Ravasio V, et al. Reasons for discontinuation of nevirapine-containing HAART: results from an unselected population of a large clinical cohort. J Antimicrob Chemother. 2007;59:569–72. [PubMed: 17255141]
    (Experience in use of nevirapine in 582 patients; among 286 discontinuations, hepatotoxicity was cause in only 29 [4%]; ALT elevations >5 ULN occurred in 10.2% [5.3/100 patient years]).
  • Jamisse L, Balkus J, Hitti J, Gloyd S, Manuel R, Osman N, Djedje M, et al. Antiretroviral-associated toxicity among HIV-1-seropositive pregnant women in Mozambique receiving nevirapine-based regimens. J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr. 2007;44:371–6. [PubMed: 17259905]
    (Among 146 pregnant women given triple therapy with nevirapine, 11 [8%] had ALT elevations >2.5 times ULN and 4 [2.7%] above 5 times ULN [261-690 U/L] 4-10 weeks after starting, all recovered upon stopping).
  • Hahn JA, Maier M, Byakika-Tusiime J, Oyugi JH, Bangsberg DR. Hepatotoxicity during nevirapine-based fixed-dose combination antiretroviral therapy in Kampala, Uganda. J Int Assoc Physicians AIDS Care (Chic). 2007;6:83–6. [PubMed: 17537997]
    (Prospective study of 97 patients starting nevirapine-based antiretroviral therapy in Uganda followed for 1-20 months; ALT elevations occurred in 22% and were >5 times ULN in 2.2%, one dying of acute liver failure at week 12 [4 weeks after onset]).
  • Medrano J, Barreiro P, Tuma P, Vispo E, Labarga P, Blanco F, Soriano V. Risk for immune-mediated liver reactions by nevirapine revisited. AIDS Rev. 2008;10:110–5. [PubMed: 18615121]
    (Review of hepatotoxicity of nevirapine; some of the risk factors identified may not apply to antiretroviral experienced patients).
  • Tansuphaswadikul S, Aung SE, Phonrat B, Kaewkungwal J, Pitisuttithum P, Maek-a-nantawat W. Predisposing factors for nevirapine toxicity among AIDS patients with low baseline CD4 count. Asian Pac J Allergy Immunol. 2007;25:147–54. [PubMed: 18035802]
    (Among 206 patients with HIV infection starting regimen with nevirapine, 8 developed hepatotoxicity [4%: 3.6 per person years], higher among patients on antituberculosis drugs).
  • Phanuphak N, Apornpong T, Teeratakulpisarn S, Chaithongwongwatthana S, Taweepolcharoen C, Mangclaviraj S, Limpongsanurak S, et al. Nevirapine-associated toxicity in HIV-infected Thai men and women, including pregnant women. HIV Med. 2007;8:357–66. [PubMed: 17661843]
    (409 patients [244 pregnant women] given triple therapy with nevirapine 64 [15.6%] developed hepatotoxicity, 5-fold higher rates in pregnant than nonpregnant women).
  • Bourlière M, Duclos-Vallée JC, Pol S. Gastroenterol Clin Biol. 2007;31:895–905. [Liver and antiretrovirals: hepatotoxicity, steatosis and monitoring of patients with liver disease] French. [PubMed: 18166875]
    (Review of hepatotoxicity of antiretrovirals discussing patterns of toxic idiosyncrasy, hypersensitivity [nevirapine and abacavir], mitochondrial toxicity [zalcitabine, didanosine, stavudine and zidovudine], steatohepatitis [protease inhibitors with lipodystrophy], immune restoration [in patients with HIV-HBV or -HCV coinfection]; recommendations for management focusing on prevention and monitoring).
  • Jain MK. Drug-induced liver injury associated with HIV medications. Clin Liver Dis. 2007;11:615–39. vii-viii. [PubMed: 17723923]
    (Review of hepatotoxicity of antiretroviral medications; ALT elevations occur in 2-18% of patients, but often resolve spontaneously even without dose modification; classes of injury include hypersensitivity [nevirapine, efavirenz, abacavir], mitochondrial injury [stavudine, didanosine, zidovudine], flares of hepatitis B [lamivudine, emtricitabine, tenofovir], flares of hepatitis C [any potent regimen], idiosyncratic injury [ritonavir, nevirapine, efavirenz], and cholestatic hepatitis [many agents]).
  • Esser S, Helbig D, Hillen U, Dissemond J, Grabbe S. Side effects of HIV therapy. J Dtsch Dermatol Ges. 2007;5:745–54. [PubMed: 17760894]
    (Review of side effects of antiretroviral agents focusing on immune reconstitution syndrome, lipodystrophy, cutaneous skin reactions, hypersensitivity reactions [abacavir, nevirapine], hyperbilirubinemia [indinavir, atazanavir], local reactions [enfuvirtide] and hyperpigmentation [zidovudine, emtricitabine]).
  • Labarga P, Soriano V, Vispo ME, Pinilla J, Martin-Carbonero L, Castellares C, Casado R, et al. Hepatotoxicity of antiretroviral drugs is reduced after successful treatment of chronic hepatitis C in HIV-infected patients. J Infect Dis. 2007;196:670–6. [PubMed: 17674307]
    (Retrospective analysis of 132 HIV/HCV coinfected patients who were treated with interferon based therapy of whom 33% had sustained virological response; subsequent ALT elevations were less common in responders [3.1%/year] than nonresponders [12.9%/year]; events also associated with exposure to nevirapine and dideoxynucleosides).
  • Mussi-Pinhata MM, Rego MA, Freimanis L, Kakehasi FM, Machado DM, Cardoso EM, Read JS., NISDI Perinatal Protocol Study Group. Maternal antiretrovirals and hepatic enzyme, hematologic abnormalities among human immunodeficiency virus type 1-uninfected infants: the NISDI perinatal study. Pediatr Infect Dis J. 2007;26:1032–7. [PubMed: 17984811]
    (Analysis of serum enzyme elevations in newborns of HIV infected mothers on various antiretroviral regimens; infants whose mothers received protease inhibitors were more likely to have ALT elevations [odds ratio 1.9] similarly for nonnucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors [odds ratio 2.4], most elevations were mild and self-limited).
  • Torti C, Costarelli S, De Silvestri A, Quiros-Roldan E, Lapadula G, Cologni G, Paraninfo G, et al. BHCC Study Group. Analysis of severe hepatic events associated with nevirapine-containing regimens: CD4+ T-cell count and gender in hepatitis C seropositive and seronegative patients. Drug Saf. 2007;30:1161–9. [PubMed: 18035868]
    (Among 905 patients treated with nevirapine containing regimens, ALT elevations above 5 times ULN occurred in 7%; rates were 3 fold higher among those with HCV coinfection; among HCV negative patients, higher CD4 T cell counts and gender were risk factors for increased risk of ALT elevations).
  • Bae WH, Wester C, Smeaton LM, Shapiro RL, Lockman S, Onyait K, Thior I, et al. Hematologic and hepatic toxicities associated with antenatal and postnatal exposure to maternal highly active antiretroviral therapy among infants. AIDS. 2008;22:1633–40. [PMC free article: PMC2664540] [PubMed: 18670224]
    (Prospective monitoring found that only 1 of 69 infants born to antiretroviral-treated mothers and none of 109 infants born to drug therapy unexposed mothers with HIV infection developed ALT elevations > 5 times ULN during the first 7 months of life).
  • Black V, Rees H. Incidence of nevirapine-associated hepatitis in an antenatal clinic. S Afr Med J. 2008;98:116–8. [PubMed: 18350206]
    (Experience in treating 329 pregnant HIV-positive women with nevirapine, lamivudine and zidovudine; 31 developed ALT elevations, but most were mild and only 3 patients had hepatitis [0.8%], all after 5 weeks and recovering with stopping).
  • Knobel H, Guelar A, Montero M, Carmona A, Luque S, Berenguer N, González A. Risk of side effects associated with the use of nevirapine in treatment-naïve patients, with respect to gender and CD4 cell count. HIV Med. 2008;9:14–8. [PubMed: 18199168]
    (Retrospective analysis of 142 patients at single center who started triple therapy with nevirapine for HIV infection; neither skin rash [11.2%] nor ALT elevations [5.6%] were more common with higher CD4 T cell counts at baseline).
  • Wit FW, Kesselring AM, Gras L, Richter C, van der Ende ME, Brinkman K, Lange JM, et al. Discontinuation of nevirapine because of hypersensitivity reactions in patients with prior treatment experience, compared with treatment-naive patients: the ATHENA cohort study. Clin Infect Dis. 2008;46:933–40. [PubMed: 18271750]
    (Among 3752 patients in Netherlands receiving nevirapine based combination therapy for HIV infection, 6.2% developed the hypersensitivity syndrome; occurrence correlated with female gender and high pretreatment CD4 counts).
  • Dart Trial Team. Twenty-four-week safety and tolerability of nevirapine vs. abacavir in combination with zidovudine/lamivudine as first-line antiretroviral therapy: a randomized double-blind trial(NORA). Trop Med Int Health. 2008;13:6–16. [PMC free article: PMC2635484] [PubMed: 18290996]
    (Controlled trial in 600 Ugandan patients with CD4 counts <200 given nevirapine or abacavir [with zidovudine and lamivudine] for 24 weeks; 4.6% vs 2.3% developed hypersensitivity reaction, 7 nevirapine- but no abacavir-treated patients had ALT levels >10 times ULN, all within 8 weeks of starting).
  • De Lazzari E, León A, Arnaiz JA, Martinez E, Knobel H, Negredo E, Clotet B, et al. Hepatotoxicity of nevirapine in virologically suppressed patients according to gender and CD4 cell counts. HIV Med. 2008;9:221–6. [PubMed: 18366445]
    (Metaanalysis of 4 controlled trials of nevirapine in 410 experienced patients, hepatotoxicity developed in 2% with low and 4% with high initial CD4 counts; but difference was not significant).
  • Antunes AM, Duarte MP, Santos PP, da Costa GG, Heinze TM, Beland FA, Marques MM. Synthesis and characterization of DNA adducts from the HIV reverse transcriptase inhibitor nevirapine. Chem Res Toxicol. 2008;21:1443–56. [PubMed: 18597499]
    (Nevirapine is oxidized by P450 CYP 3A4 and 2B6 and products are conjugated to glucuronides and excreted in the urine; but other pathways are possible that might yield electrophilic intermediates that can bind to DNA; in this report several nevirapine-DNA adducts were characterized).
  • Medrano J, Barreiro P, Tuma P, Vispo E, Labarga P, Blanco F, Soriano V. Risk for immune-mediated liver reactions by nevirapine revisited. AIDS Rev. 2008;10:110–5. [PubMed: 18615121]
    (Review; symptomatic hepatic events occur in ~5% of patients taking nevirapine, early hypersensitivity reactions occurring especially in women with CD4 counts >250 and those with HBV or HCV coinfection; late onset hepatotoxicity may be a class effect [also occurring with efavirenz]).
  • Inductivo-Yu I, Bonacini M. Highly active antiretroviral therapy-induced liver injury. Current Drug Safety. 2008;3:4–13. [PubMed: 18690975]
    (Review of drug induced liver injury due to antiretroviral agents; severe liver injury due to nevirapine is rare but up to 10% of patients develop ALT elevations above 5 times normal).
  • Sterling RK, Chiu S, Snider K, Nixon D. The prevalence and risk factors for abnormal liver enzymes in HIV-positive patients without hepatitis B or C coinfections. Dig Dis Sci. 2008;53:1375–82. [PMC free article: PMC3836444] [PubMed: 17939038]
    (Retrospective analysis of data on 1208 patients with HIV infection on antiretroviral therapy; mild-to-moderate ALT elevations found in 15% of HIV-mono-infected and 63% of HCV-HIV coinfected; factors associated with ALT elevations were hypertension, higher HIV RNA levels, lower CD4 counts, metabolic syndrome and absence of protease inhibitor use).
  • Manosuthi W, Sungkanuparph S, Tansuphaswadikul S, Chottanapund S, Mankatitham W, Chimsuntorn S, Sittibusaya C, et al. Incidence and risk factors of nevirapine-associated severe hepatitis among HIV-infected patients with CD4 cell counts less than 250 cells/microL. J Med Assoc Thai. 2008;91:159–65. [PubMed: 18389979]
    (Among 910 patients starting on antiretroviral therapy with nevirapine with low CD4 counts, 10 [1.2/100 patient years] developed “clinical hepatitis”, major risk factor being elevations in AST at baseline).
  • Sathia L, Obiorah I, Taylor G, Kon O, O'Donoghue M, Gibbins S, Walsh J, et al. Concomitant use of nonnucleoside analogue reverse transcriptase inhibitors and rifampicin in TB/HIV type 1-coinfected patients. AIDS Res Hum Retroviruses. 2008;24:897–901. [PubMed: 18671475]
    (Among 103 HIV positive patients with tuberculosis receiving rifampin, including 17 on nevirapine and 26 efavirenz, transient elevations in ALT occurred in 17%, but only 2 patients stopped therapy for ALT elevations >5 times ULN, and both safely restarted antituberculosis therapy after ALT abnormalities resolved).
  • van Schalkwyk JE, Alimenti A, Khoo D, Maan E, Forbes JC, Burdge DR, Gilgoff S, et al. Serious toxicity associated with continuous nevirapine-based HAART in pregnancy. BJOG. 2008;115:1297–302. [PubMed: 18715416]
    (Analysis of 103 HIV-positive pregnant women, toxicities requiring discontinuation occurred in 6 of 56 women on nevirapine [3 rash and 3 hepatotoxicity] vs only 1 of 47 treated with other agents [kidney stones: indinavir]).
  • Brück S, Witte S, Brust J, Schuster D, Mosthaf F, Procaccianti M, Rump JA, et al. Hepatotoxicity in patients prescribed efavirenz or nevirapine. Eur J Med Res. 2008;13:343–8. [PubMed: 18700192]
    (Among 151 patients starting efavirenz and 145 nevirapine, rates of ALT elevations were similar in the two groups; 6% vs 3.4% had ALT levels >2.5 times ULN and 1.2% vs 2.1% had ALT >5 times ULN; only predictive factor identified was presence of HBsAg; no fatal cases).
  • Chen J, Mannargudi BM, Xu L, Uetrecht J. Demonstration of the metabolic pathway responsible for nevirapine-induced skin rash. Chem Res Toxicol. 2008;21:1862–70. [PubMed: 18729332]
    (Rat model of skin rash induced by nevirapine; sex and strain dependent, onset after several weeks and more rapid with rechallenge even at lower dose; correlation between plasma levels and frequency of rash by strain and species; thus dose related and apparently due to 12-hydroxylation pathway possibly a quinone methide reactive metabolite).
  • Kumarasamy N, Venkatesh KK, Cecelia AJ, Devaleenal B, Lai AR, Saghayam S, Balakrishnan P, Yepthomi T, Poongulali S, Flanigan TP, Solomon S, Mayer KH. Spectrum of adverse events after generic HAART in southern Indian HIV-infected patients. AIDS Patient Care STDS. 2008;22:337–44. [PubMed: 18422462]
    (Among 3154 patients with HIV infection treated with antiretroviral agents over a 4 year period at a single center in Southern India, hepatitis occurred in 3.5%, usually within the first 3 months; lactic acidosis was more common in women and was associated with stavudine use).
  • Vitezica ZG, Milpied B, Lonjou C, Borot N, Ledger TN, Fefebvre A, Hovnanian A. HLA-DRB*01 associated with cutaneous hypersensitivity induced by nevirapine and efavirenz. AIDS. 2008;22:540–1. [PubMed: 18301070]
    (Among 21 patients with HIV infection treated with nevirapine [n=14] or efavirenz [n=7], 6 developed a hypersensitivity rash, 5 of whom had DRB1*01 compared to 1 [7%] control).
  • Hammer SM, Eron JJ Jr, Reiss P, Schooley RT, Thompson MA, Walmsley S, Cahn P, et al. International AIDS Society-USA. Antiretroviral treatment of adult HIV infection: 2008 recommendations of the International AIDS Society-USA panel. JAMA. 2008;300:555–70. [PubMed: 18677028]
    (Updated recommendations on use of antiviral therapy in adults with HIV infection, including use of recently approved agents raltegravir, maraviroc and etravirine).
  • Soriano V, Puoti M, Garcia-Gascó P, Rockstroh JK, Benhamou Y, Barreiro P, McGovern B. Antiretroviral drugs and liver injury. AIDS. 2008;22:1–13. [PubMed: 18090386]
    (Review of hepatotoxicity of antiretroviral drugs with recommendations on management, stopping therapy if symptoms arise, with overt jaundice [direct bilirubin], evidence of mitochondrial toxicity, ALT >10 times ULN, ALT at lower levels if newly marketed agent; important to rule out other causes: problematic agents include didanosine, stavudine and zidovudine; nevirapine and efavirenz, full dose ritonavir and tipranavir).
  • Chalasani N, Fontana RJ, Bonkovsky HL, Watkins PB, Davern T, Serrano J, Yang H, Rochon J., Drug Induced Liver Injury Network (DILIN). Causes, clinical features, and outcomes from a prospective study of drug-induced liver injury in the United States. Gastroenterology. 2008;135:1924–34. [PMC free article: PMC3654244] [PubMed: 18955056]
    (Among 300 cases of drug induced liver disease in the US collected between 2004 and 2008, 7 were attributed to antiretroviral agents, 2 nevirapine, 1 efavirenz and 4 miscellaneous combinations).
  • Van Dyke RB, Wang L, Williams PL. Pediatric AIDS Clinical Trials Group 219C Team. Toxicities associated with dual nucleoside reverse-transcriptase inhibitor regimens in HIV-infected children. J Infect Dis. 2008;198:1599–608. [PMC free article: PMC2737265] [PubMed: 19000014]
    (Among 2233 children receiving two nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors, 0.6-1.6% developed hepatitis, 8.3-13.5% acidosis; overall ALT elevations were rare [<1%]).
  • Ingiliz P, Benhamou Y. Elevated liver enzymes in HIV monoinfected patients on HIV therapy: what are the implications? J HIV Ther. 2009;14:3–7. [PubMed: 19731558]
    (Review of the causes of serum enzyme elevations during antiretroviral therapy; nonnucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors are capable of causing a hypersensitivity reaction with liver injury arising during the first 6 weeks of therapy as well as an immunologically mediated injury that arises 6-12 months after starting treatment).
  • Moodie EEM, Pai NP, Klein MB. Is antiretroviral therapy causing long-term liver damage? A comparative analysis of HIV-mono-infected and HIV/Hepatitis C co-infected cohorts. PLOS-ONE. 2009;4:e4517. [PMC free article: PMC2637977] [PubMed: 19223976]
    (Analysis of ratio of AST to platelet ratio [APRI] in cohort of HIV infected patients with [n=127] or without [n=533] HCV-coinfection; APRI values were higher in patients with HCV infection and the percentage yearly increase was greater in patients on antiretroviral therapy [3.31% for protease inhibitors, 2.18% with nonnucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors]. Absolute values, the role of AST vs platelet count and rates for patients not on therapy were not provided).
  • Ferrajolo C, Capuano A, Verhamme KM, Schuemie M, Rossi F, Stricker BH, Sturkenboom MC. Drug-induced hepatic injury in children: a case/non-case study of suspected adverse drug reactions in VigiBase. Br J Clin Pharmacol. 2010;70:721–8. [PMC free article: PMC2997312] [PubMed: 21039766]
    (Worldwide pharmacovigilance database contained 9036 hepatic adverse drug reactions in children, 3 antiretroviral agents were among the top 40 cases, including zidovudine [8th, 106 cases], lamivudine [26th, 45 cases] and nevirapine [36th, 37 cases]).
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  • McKoy JM, Bennett CL, Scheetz MH, Differding V, Chandler KL, Scarsi KK, Yarnold PR, et al. Hepatotoxicity associated with long- versus short-course HIV-prophylactic nevirapine use: a systematic review and meta-analysis from the Research on Adverse Drug events And Reports (RADAR) project. Drug Saf. 2009;32:147–58. [PMC free article: PMC2768573] [PubMed: 19236121]
    (Metaanalysis of rates of ALT elevation >5 times ULN during short [<5 days] vs longer courses of nevirapine for prophylaxis found lower rates after acute exposures [0% vs 13%] and in mothers [0.2% vs 4.4%] and their newborns [0.8% vs 1.1%]; review of MedWatch revealed 3 severe cases in non-HIV infected and 5 deaths in pregnant women attributed to nevirapine).
  • Ouyang DW, Shapiro DE, Lu M, Brogly SB, French AL, Leighty RM, Thompson B, et al. Increased risk of hepatotoxicity in HIV-infected pregnant women receiving antiretroviral therapy independent of nevirapine exposure. AIDS. 2009 Nov 27;23:2425–30. [PMC free article: PMC2783653] [PubMed: 19617813]
    (Among 1229 pregnant and 821 nonpregnant women with HIV infection on antiretroviral therapy, ALT elevations >5 times ULN occurred in 1.2% of pregnant vs 0.6% of nonpregnant and 0.8% of nevirapine vs 1.0% of non-nevirapine taking women).
  • Ouyang DW, Brogly SB, Lu M, Shapiro DE, Hershow RC, French AL, Leighty RM, et al. Lack of increased hepatotoxicity in HIV-infected pregnant women receiving nevirapine compared with other antiretrovirals. AIDS. 2010;24:109–14. [PMC free article: PMC3388940] [PubMed: 19926957]
    (Among 1229 pregnant women with HIV infection treated with antiretroviral therapy during pregnancy, ALT elevations >5 times ULN occurred in 0.5% on nevirapine based vs 1.4% of 1011 on non-nevirapine based regimens; no maternal deaths from liver disease).
  • Peters PJ, Stringer J, McConnell MS, Kiarie J, Ratanasuwan W, Intalapaporn P, Potter D, et al. Nevirapine-associated hepatotoxicity was not predicted by CD4 count ≥250 cells/μL among women in Zambia, Thailand and Kenya. HIV Med. 2010;11:650–60. [PubMed: 20659176]
    (Among 820 women with HIV infection started on nevirapine based regimens in 3 African countries between 2005-7, 41 [5%] developed ALT elevations >5 times ULN, 27 [3%] had rash and ALT elevations, and 3 [0.4%] died of acute liver failure; no correlation with CD4 counts, age or BMI).
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    (Among 290 African women starting nevirapine based regimen for HIV infection, 3.4% developed ALT elevations >5 times ULN, but without relationship to initial CD4 counts).
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    (Among 1809 patients with HIV infection starting nevirapine based regimens, 26 [1.4%] developed ALT elevations >5 times ULN within 3 months, half symptomatic, none fatal, most resolving after switch to efavirenz; no association found with initial CD4 counts).
  • Moses M, Zachariah R, Tayler-Smith K, Misinde D, Foncha C, Manzi M, Bauerfeind A, et al. Outcomes and safety of concomitant nevirapine and rifampicin treatment under programme conditions in Malawi. Int J Tuberc Lung Dis. 2010;14:197–202. [PubMed: 20074411]
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    (Among 134 patients with HIV infection and tuberculosis treated with rifampin, ALT elevations >5 times ULN occurred in 3 patients on nevirapine [4.6%] and 1 [1.4%] on efavirenz).
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    (Among 30 children with suspected drug induced liver injury, none were attributed to an antiretroviral agent).
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    (Among 5832 African patients starting nevirapine or efavirenz based antiretroviral therapy for HIV infection, 124 [(2.4%] developed ALT or AST elevations >5 times ULN, mostly within the first 6 months; mortality rates were the same in patients with [5.7%] and without [5.2%] liver enzyme abnormalities).
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    (Among 745 Spanish patients with HIV infection started on antiretroviral therapy [with 0.8-3 years of follow up], hepatotoxicity requiring discontinuation occurred in 13% on nevirapine, 4% on efavirenz, and 6% on protease inhibitors).
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    (40 year old woman with HIV infection on long term antiretroviral therapy developed fever and jaundice 4 weeks after addition of nevirapine [bilirubin 5.0 mg/dL, ALT 5200 U/L, GGT 258 U/L, INR 4.5], progressing to hepatic failure and liver transplant).
  • Van Welzen B, Mudrikova T, Arends J, Hoepelman A. No increased risk of hepatotoxicity in long-term use of nonnucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors in HIV-infected patients. HIV Med. 2012;13:448–52. [PubMed: 22413955]
    (Rates of hepatotoxicity were similar in patients on nevirapine or efavirenz based [14.8%] as on protease inhibitor based [18.5%] antiretroviral regimens, abnormalities occurring mostly during the first year and the major risk factor being HCV coinfection).
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    (Among 359 women started on a nevirapine based antiretroviral regimen, 54% developed rash and 23% ALT elevations [.5 times ULN in 3%]; rash but not ALT elevations could be related to drug levels; risk factors included higher CD4 counts).
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    (Among 425 pregnant and 1120 nonpregnant women starting antiretroviral therapy, 77 [5%] developed ALT or AST elevations >5 times ULN; risk factors being HCV coinfection [OR 5.5] and nevirapine [OR 2.0], but not pregnancy).
  • Liptrott NJ, Pushpakom S, Wyen C, Fätkenheuer G, Hoffmann C, Mauss S, Knechten H, et al. German Competence Network for HIV/AIDS. Association of ABCC10 polymorphisms with nevirapine plasma concentrations in the German Competence Network for HIV/AIDS. Pharmacogenet Genomics. 2012;22:10–9. [PMC free article: PMC3605700] [PubMed: 22082652]
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    (Among 27 patients with DRESS syndrome seen between 2005 and 2010 at a single tertiary referral center in Thailand, 26 [96%] had liver involvement and 9 [33%] were jaundiced; 4 [15%] were attributed to nevirapine, 10 [37%] phenytoin, 4 [15%] sulfonamides, and 3 [11%] allopurinol).
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    (Serum enzyme elevations occurred in 9% of 1982 patients with HIV infection started on antiretroviral therapy, including 17% of those with HCV coinfection and 6% of those without; highest rates occurred in those on nevirapine [23% with HCV, 8% without]).
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    (Among 385 patients with HIV infection receiving nevirapine, 66 [17%] developed liver enzyme elevations, usually within first 12 weekly; HLA testing showed a link with B*58:01 [23.5 vs 8.8%] and DRB1*01:02 [15.7% vs 3.9%]).
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    (Among 566 patients with HIV infection who were started on antiretroviral therapy, 36% developed ALT elevations which were >5 times ULN in 7.7%, which were more common among those with higher CD4 cell counts).
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    (Among 52 patients with DRESS syndrome presenting at a Thai medical center between 2004 and 2004, the most common causes were phenytoin [23%], nevirapine [17%], allopurinol [15%], and amoxicillin-clavulanate [14%] with liver involvement in 95%, fever 80%, lymphadenopathy 50%, and eosinophilia 60%).
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    (Systematic review of literature on DRESS syndrome in HIV positive patients published between 1998 and 2017 identified 35 cases due to 5 agents: nevirapine 12, abacavir 10, efavirenz 6, raltegravir 6 and tenofovir 1; with fever in 83%, rash 83%, lymphadenopathy 34%, leukocytosis 26%, atypical lymphs 9%, eosinophilia 51%, liver involvement 80%, but no deaths).
  • Wu PY, Cheng CY, Liu CE, Lee YC, Yang CJ, Tsai MS, Cheng SH, et al. Multicenter study of skin rashes and hepatotoxicity in antiretroviral-naïve HIV-positive patients receiving non-nucleoside reverse-transcriptase inhibitor plus nucleoside reverse-transcriptase inhibitors in Taiwan. PLoS One. 2017;12:e0171596. [PMC free article: PMC5319792] [PubMed: 28222098]
    (Among 2341 Taiwanese HIV-positive patients initiating combination therapy including a non-nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitor between 2012 and 2015, ALT elevations above 3 times ULN developed within 4 weeks in 5.2% on nevirapine, 2.2% on efavirenz and 0.6% of rilpivirine).
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    (Review of adverse drug reactions with both skin and liver injury, typically with DRESS, the major causes of which are anticonvulsants [phenytoin, carbamazepine, lamotrigine], antibiotics [sulfonamides], allopurinol, and nevirapine; often with HLA associations but differing by agent, organ involvement, and often race).
  • Giacomelli A, Riva A, Falvella FS, Oreni ML, Cattaneo D, Cheli S, Renisi G, et al. Clinical and genetic factors associated with increased risk of severe liver toxicity in a monocentric cohort of HIV positive patients receiving nevirapine-based antiretroviral therapy. BMC Infect Dis. 2018;18:556. [PMC free article: PMC6233541] [PubMed: 30419834]
    (Among 362 patients receiving nevirapine for HIV infection, 8 [2.2%] developed severe hepatotoxicity, risk factors being HCV or HBV coinfection [n=7], female sex [n=6], slightly higher CD4 counts, and baseline ALT levels [median = 82 vs 27 U/L]).
  • Delicio AM, Lajos GJ, Amaral E, Lopes F, Cavichiolli F, Myioshi I, Milanez H. Adverse effects of antiretroviral therapy in pregnant women infected with HIV in Brazil from 2000 to 2015: a cohort study. BMC Infect Dis. 2018;18:485. [PMC free article: PMC6161436] [PubMed: 30261855]
    (Among 793 pregnancies in women with HIV infection on antiretroviral therapy, maternal adverse effects included dyslipidemia in 92%, anemia in 56% and liver test abnormalities in 56% including hyperbilirubinemia in 12%, most of the reactions being “mild” and no deaths; highest rates in women on non-nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors such as nevirapine).
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