Nevirapine Syrup: Safety for HIV-Negative Babies

Nevirapine Syrup: Safety for HIV-Negative Babies
Published on, 17 April, 2024. Answered by Dr. Fruwhe Oghenerume and Verified by Dr.Galen Team
Patient Question

Hello Doctor,


As an HIV+ mother with a NEGATIVE newborn, I'm worried about the timing of my baby's Nevirapine syrup. Is it safe if he drinks it at different times daily? He usually has it between 6-7am, but sometimes he's still asleep at 6am. Is he still safe from infection? Should he drink at the same time daily like my treatment?



Thank you for reaching out to Dr. Galen. Please find the below response to your query.


As an HIV-positive mother nursing an HIV-negative baby, it's advisable to administer the nevirapine syrup daily, preferably when the child is awake to prevent aspiration during sleep. This medication serves as prophylaxis against infection during breastfeeding and the three-month window period when the virus may not yet be detectable in the child's blood, despite testing negative. This helps prevent mother-to-child transmission of HIV.


It's crucial to adhere to your own medication regimen to reduce your viral load and risk of infectivity. Additionally, ensure adequate nutrition and regular check-ups.



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