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Drug profile of Naivex

Naivex tablets are an anti-retro viral medicine, which containing an anti-retroviral agent known as Dolutegravir.

Dolutegravir is a termed as DTG used in HIV-1 infection, classified as an integrase inhibitor.

Dolutegravir is generally used in combination with other anti-retroviral drugs for improved results.

Naivex tablets are used for reducing the progression of infection to AIDS, but not for curing the infections.

Dolutegravir binds to infected cells, block the integration process and prevents the further formation of cells.

Naivex is pharmacologically categorized as;

Human immuno deficiency virus integrase strand transfer inhibitor.

Naivex tablets are prescription medicine, used only in HIV infected patients with proper prescription under the knowledge of medical practitioner.

Brand name: Naivex

Active ingredient: Dolutegravir

Strength: 50mg

Mfg: Hetero healthcare

Pack: 30 tablets in a container

Category: Anti-retroviral drug


Prescribing information of Naivex

Naivex tablets are primarily used for treating HIV-1 infection in both adults and pediatric patients with the age of 12 years or older with weight of at least 40kg.

Before starting the treatment;

Integrase strand transfer inhibitor (INSTI)-resistance Q148 substitution plus 2 or more additional INSTI-resistance substitutions impoverished virological response is detected while treating with Dolutegravir 50mg as two times a day.

Mechanism of Naivex

Dolutegravir is a HIV-1 antiviral operator. It restrains HIV integrase by authoritative to the dynamic site and obstructing the strand exchange venture of retroviral DNA incorporation in the host cell. The strand exchange step is fundamental in the HIV replication cycle and results in the restraint of viral movement.


After single dose administration of Naivex causes,

AUC: 53.6mcg/ml; Cmax: 3.67 mcg/ml & Cmin: 1.11mcg/ml

Maximum plasma concentration of Dolutegravir is between 2 to 3 hours

The steady state of Dolutegravir is reaches within almost 5 days.


The apparent volume of distribution is 17.4L

Dolutegravir is broadly binds to human plasma protein by 98.9% of uptake dose.


The metabolism of Dolutegravir is occurs largely in liver.

The metabolites formed during the metabolism has very short life period.

There are three major metabolic pathways such as;

1st pathway: Glucuronidation by UGT1A1

2nd pathway: Occurs by Carbon oxidation by CYP3A4

3rd pathway: Oxidative defluorination & glutathione conjugation


The uptake doses are eliminated after metabolism is;

53% in feces as an unchanged form

31% in urine

The terminal half life period of Dolutegravir is 14 hours

The clearance rate of Dolutegravir is 1.0L/hr.

When to take of Naivex

Naivex tablet should be administered with or without food.

Tablets should not be broke, crush, or chew.

Dosage regimens of Naivex

In adults;

For newly commenced or therapy experienced INSTI patients:

The prescribed dose of Naivex is 50mg should be administered as a single dose

Co administration of strong UGT1A or CYP3A inducers like efavirenz, fosamprenavir/ritonavir, tipranavir/ritonavir, or rifampin in newly commenced or therapy experienced INSTI;

The prescribed dose is 50mg of Naivex tablet should be administered as a two times aday.

For INSTI already received with certain INSTI related resistance substitutions;

The prescribed dose is 50mg of Naivex should be administered as a two times a day.

The potency of Naivex doses above 50mg as twice daily has not been evaluated.

For pediatric:

For 12 years or older/ weighing at least 40kg:

For new patients or already treated INSTI:

The prescribed dose is 50mg of Naivex should be administered as a single dose.

In combination of efavirenz, fosamprenavir/ritonavir, tipranavir/ritonavir, or rifampin; the suggested dose is 50mg of Naivex tablet should be taken as twice dialy.

The potency of Naivex has not been established in pediatric patients with age below 12 years or weighing less than 40kg.

Naivex caused side effects

Common severe adverse effects;

Hypersensitivity reactions

Elevation of hepatic enzymes

Redistribution of fat

Immune reconstitution syndrome

Most common Side effects;


Abnormal dreams







Elevation of AST, AST

Increased bilirubin

Increased creatine kinase

Increased blood glucose

Increased lipase


Post marketing:

Acute liver failure

Liver toxicity




Drug- drug interaction

1. Dolutegravir prohibits the renal organic cation transporter, OCT2 in-vitro.

2. Dolutegravir prohibits tubular secretion of creatinine by obstructing OCT2 in-vivo.

3. Co administration of dofetilide or metformin (drugs excreted through OCT2), causes increasing plasma concentration of these drugs.

4. Naivex combined with drugs which induces UGT1A3, UGT1A9, BCRP & P-gp enzymes & transporters may leads to deplete the Naivex plasma concentration.

5. Concurrent use of Naivex with drugs which inhibits these above meioned enzymes, causes increasing concentration of Dolutegravir.

6. Dolutegravir plasma concentration may reduced by etravirine.

7. Naivex with nevirapine causes decreasing the effect of concentration of Dolutegravir.

8. Naivex tablets co administered with protease inhibitors like fosamprenavir/ritonavir, tipranavir/ritonavir; causes decreasing the effect of concentration of Dolutegravir.

9. Naivex with anti-convulsants may causes decreasing effect of consternation of Dolutegravir.

10. Co administration of Naivex tablets with medicines containing polyvalent cations should be avoided, because of decreasing the effect of concentration of these cations.

11. Rifampin concurrently used with Naivex tablets, leads to cause depleting the effect of concentration of Dolutegravir.


Food drug interaction

Dolutegravir should not be concurrently taken with mineral or vitamin containing substances, it may lead to increase the ion content, and this alteration intercedes with absorption of Dolutegravir and depletes the effectiveness.

A minor food drug interaction occurs.

Diet should be maintained only after getting advice from the medical adviser.

Common foods;

Grape fruit or juice

Seville orange

Vitamin E, C containing foods


Calcium supplements

Possible contraindications

Hypersensitivity reactions may occur due to patients may contraindicate to the component present in the Naivex tablets.

Concurrent use of Naivex with dofetilide or metformin should be contraindicated, because this combination may leads to increase the dofetilide or metformin plasma concentration and causes life threatening events.

Safety measures

Anaphylactic reactions: If patient may contraindicated to the component of Naivex, should be withdraw the treatment.

Severity of infection should be monitored.

Provide with general supportive measures.

Hepatitis B or C co infected patients: There is a risk of elevation of serum transaminase in case of treating with Dolutegravir.

The levels of transaminase were reliable with resistant reconstitution disorder or hepatitis B reactivation especially in the setting where against hepatitis treatment was pulled back.

Proper lab test should be proceeding before starting treatment and checking for hepatotoxicity amid treatment with Dolutegravir are prescribed in patients with fundamental hepatic sickness, for example, hepatitis B or C.

Redistribution of fat: Obesity is the major risk factor occurred due to accumulation of fat on body tissues.

In this condition, treatment should be discontinued.

Immune reconstitution syndrome: Stop the treatment

Pregnancy and lactation

Pregnancy category B

Naivex tablets should be used very cautiously in pregnancy condition only after knowing the risk benefits associated with fetal.

Breast feeding should not be allowed for preventing the spreading of infections.

Storage and handling

Naivex tablet container should be stored at 25oC

Protect from light, heat, & moisture.

Missed dose

Naivex tablets are anti-retroviral medicine, in case of missed dose condition patient must be consult with physician and follow the instructions.

Maintain the regular dosing schedule.

Over dosage

The missed dose is also one of the reasons for over dosage condition.

If over dosage occurs, patient must be;

Provide with supportive treatments

Monitor the manifestation related to over dosage of Naivex.

Dialysis is not applicable, because it has high binding property.


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