NCI Drug Dictionary

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The NCI Drug Dictionary contains technical definitions and synonyms for drugs/agents used to treat patients with cancer or conditions related to cancer. Each drug entry includes links to check for clinical trials listed in NCI's List of Cancer Clinical Trials.

A non-nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitor (NNRTI) with activity against human immunodeficiency virus 1. Nevirapine binds directly to the human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1) reverse transcriptase, an RNA-dependent DNA polymerase, blocking its function in viral DNA replication. In combination with other antiretroviral drugs, nevirapine reduces HIV viral loads and increases CD4 counts, thereby retarding or preventing the damage to the immune system and reducing the risk of developing AIDS. Check for active clinical trials using this agent. (NCI Thesaurus)

US brand name:Viramune
Code name:BIRG 0587
Chemical structure:11-cyclopropyl-5,11-dihydro-4-methyl-6H-dipyrido(3,2-b:2',3'-e)(1,4)diazepin-6-one