Before taking etravirine,
tell your doctor and pharmacist if you are allergic to etravirine, or any other medications.
tell your doctor and pharmacist what other prescription and nonprescription medications, vitamins, and nutritional supplements you are taking or plan to take. Be sure to mention the following: anticoagulants ('blood thinners') such as warfarin (Coumadin); antiarrhythmics (medications to treat abnormal heart beats) including amiodarone (Cordarone), bepridil (Vascor), disopyramide (Norpace), flecainide (Tambocor), lidocaine (Xylocaine), mexiletine (Mexitil), propafenone (Rythmol), and quinidine (Quinidex); certain medications to treat seizures such as carbamazepine (Tegretol, Carbatrol), phenobarbital (Luminal), and phenytoin (Dilantin, Phenytek); clarithromycin (Biaxin, in Prevpac); cholesterol-lowering medications (statins) including atorvastatin (Lipitor), fluvastatin (Lescol), lovastatin (Advicor, Altoprev, Mevacor), rosuvastatin (Crestor), and simvastatin (Vytorin, Zocor); clopidogrel (Plavix); diazepam (Valium); dexamethasone (Decadron, Dexone, others); certain medications that suppress the immune system such as cyclosporine (Sandimmune, Neoral), sirolimus (Rapamune), and tacrolimus (Prograf); medications to treat erectile dysfunction including sildenafil (Viagra), tadalafil (Cialis), and vardenafil (Levitra); medications to treat fungal infections including fluconazole (Diflucan), itraconazole (Sporanox), ketoconazole (Nizoral), posaconazole (Noxafil), and voriconazole (Vfend); methadone (Dolophine); other medications to treat HIV including amprenavir (Agenerase) atazanavir (Reyataz), delavirdine (Rescriptor), efavirenz (Sustiva, in Atripla), fosamprenavir (Lexiva), indinavir (Crixivan), lopinavir (in Kaletra), nelfinavir (Viracept), and nevirapine (Viramune) ritonavir (Norvir, in Kaletra), and tipranavir (Aptivus); rifabutin (Mycobutin); rifampin (Rifadin, Rifater, Rifamate); rifapentine (Priftin). Many other medications may also interact with etravirine, so be sure to tell your doctor about all the medications you are taking, even those that do not appear on this list. Do not start taking any new medications while you are taking etravirine without first talking with your doctor or pharmacist.
tell your doctor what herbal products you are taking, especially St. John's wort.
tell your doctor if you have or have ever had liver disease, including hepatitis.
tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. If you become pregnant while taking etravirine, call your doctor.
you should not breast-feed if you are infected with HIV or are taking etravirine.
you should know that your body fat may increase or move to different areas of your body such as your breasts, neck, chest, stomach, and upper back. Loss of fat from your legs, arms, and face may also happen.