Rescriptor (Delavirdine) is a medicine used in combination with other anti-HIV medicines to treat people with HIV-1 infection. Infection with HIV-1 leads to the destruction of infection-fighting immune system cells (called CD4+ cells or T cells), which causes the infected person to develop acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS). Rescriptor helps to block HIV-1 reverse transcriptase, a chemical the virus uses to make more copies of itself. The main goals of anti-HIV medicines like Rescriptor are to decrease the amount of virus in your blood and to increase the number of CD4+ cells for as long as possible. Rescriptor does not cure AIDS and you may continue to experience illnesses associated with HIV-1 infection, including opportunistic infections. You should remain under the care of a doctor when using Rescriptor. You must take Rescriptor every day exactly as your healthcare provider prescribes it. You can take Rescriptor with or without food. If you have trouble swallowing tablets, the 100-mg Rescriptor tablets may be dissolved in water. The 200-mg tablets must be swallowed whole. They cannot be dissolved in water. Many people find it easier to take their Rescriptor with breakfast, lunch, and dinner, since food does not interfere with Rescriptor.
Canadian Pharmacy King currently offers the brand Rescriptor from Canada manufactured by ViiV Healthcare. Brand Rescriptor is available in the strength of 100 mg tablets.
The common side effects of Rescriptor may include a skin rash which occurs mainly on the upper body and upper arms, and sometimes on the neck and face. Other common side effects include headache, nausea, diarrhea, tiredness and changes in body fat. Contact your doctor if you have symptoms of a severe rash at any time after starting to take Rescriptor.
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Please call your doctor if you have any further concerns or questions.
You must not take Rescriptor if you: have an allergy to Rescriptor, are taking or planning to take certain medicines including other prescription and nonprescription medicines and herbal supplements. Do not take the following medicines with Rescriptor because they can cause serious problems or death if taken with Rescriptor: Versed (midazolam) Injection and Syrup (for sedation), Halcion (triazolam) Tablets (for sleep problems), Xanax (alprazolam) Tablets (for anxiety), D.H.E. 45 Injection, Ergomar, Migranal, Wigraine, and Cafergot, Methergene, Orap (pimozide) Tablets, Propulsid (cisapride) Tablets and Suspension, Hismanal (astemizole) Tablets (for allergies), Seldane (terfenadine) Tablets (for allergies). Do not take the following medicines when you take Rescriptor: Rifampin, Phenobarbital, Dilantin (phenytoin) (for seizures), Tegretol (carbamazepine), St. John's wort (Hypericum perforatum), cholesterol-lowering medicines Mevacor (lovastatin) or Zocor (simvastatin), Lipitor (atorvastatin), Baycol (cerivastatin), and Lescol (fluvastatin). Tell your healthcare provider if you: are pregnant or breast feeding, have liver or kidney disease.
Talk to your healthcare provider before you take the following medicines in combination with Rescriptor: Viagra (sildenafil), Videx (didanosine, ddI), antacids, one of these protease inhibitors: Crixivan (indinavir), Invirase and Fortovase (saquinavir), Norvir (ritonavir), or Viracept (nelfinavir).