Hepatotoxicity in healthy infants exposed to nevirapine during pregnancy

Pablo Iveli, Antoni Noguera-Julian, Pere Soler-Palacín, Andrea Martín-Nalda, Núria Rovira-Girabal, Clàudia Fortuny-Guasch, Concepció Figueras-Nadal

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© 2014 Elsevier España, S.L.U. y Sociedad Española de Enfermedades Infecciosas y Microbiología Clínica. Background The use of nevirapine in HIV-infected pregnant women is discouraged due to its potential to cause hepatotoxicity. There is limited information available on the toxicity in non-HIV infected newborn exposed to this drug during pregnancy. The aim of the study is to determine the extent of hepatotoxicity in the newborn exposed to nevirapine and HIV during pregnancy. Methods A cross-sectional, observational, multicenter study was conducted on a cohort of healthy infants born to HIV-infected mothers, in whom the first determination of alanine aminotransferase (ALT), before 6 weeks of age, was collected. Patients were allocated to 2 groups according to exposure to nevirapine during pregnancy. Hepatotoxicity was rated according to the AIDS Table for Grading the Severity of Adult and Pediatric Adverse Events (DAIDS). Results This study included 160 newborns from 159 pregnancies (88 exposed to nevirapine-based regimens and 71 exposed to protease inhibitors-based therapies). No cases of hepatotoxicity were observed according to the DAIDS Table for Grading. Two cases of ALT above normal values (2.8%; 95% CI: 0.3-9.8%) were observed in patients not exposed to nevirapine, and one case (1.1%; 95% CI: 0.0-6.1%) in the group exposed to nevirapine (P =.585). Conclusion The lack of differences between groups suggests that highly active antiretroviral treatment regimens including nevirapine administered during pregnancy do not involve a higher risk of liver disease compared to other treatment combinations.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)39-44
JournalEnfermedades Infecciosas y Microbiologia Clinica
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2016


  • Hepatotoxicity
  • Human immunodeficiency virus
  • Nevirapine
  • Pregnancy


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