Atazanavir (By mouth)
Antiretroviral Agent, Antiviral (About this – PubMed Health)
Uses of This Medicine
Atazanavir is used together with other medicines for the treatment of the infection caused by the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). HIV is the virus that causes acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS).
Atazanavir will not cure or prevent HIV infection or AIDS. It helps keep HIV from reproducing and appears to slow down the destruction of the immune system. This may help delay problems that are usually related to AIDS or HIV disease from occurring. Atazanavir will not keep you from spreading HIV to other people. People who receive this medicine may continue to have other problems usually related to AIDS or HIV disease.
This medicine is available only with your doctor’s prescription.
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How To Use
Your doctor will tell you how much medicine to use. Do not use more than directed.
Atazanavir is used together with other medicines to treat HIV infection. Take all of the medicines your doctor has prescribed at the right time of day and in the correct order. Do not stop using your medicine unless your doctor tells you to.
It is best to take this medicine with food or milk.
Capsule: Swallow the capsule whole. Do not open it.
Powder: Mix oral powder with food or a beverage as instructed by your doctor or pharmacist.
Do not stop using this medicine without checking first with your doctor. If you stop the medicine even briefly, the virus may become harder to treat. Contact your doctor or pharmacist when your supply is running low so you do not run out.
Read and follow the patient instructions that come with this medicine. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions.
Missed dose: Take a dose as soon as you remember. If your next regular dose is less than 6 hours away, wait until then to use the medicine and skip the missed dose. Do not double doses.
Store the medicine in a closed container at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and direct light.
Drugs and Foods to Avoid
Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.
Do not use this medicine together with alfuzosin, cisapride, indinavir, irinotecan, lovastatin, midazolam, nevirapine, pimozide, rifampin, sildenafil, simvastatin, St John’s wort, triazolam, or an ergot medicine (including dihydroergotamine, ergonovine, ergotamine, methylergonovine).
Many other drugs can interact with atazanavir. Make sure your doctor knows about all other medicines you are using.
If you also use an antacid or didanosine, take atazanavir 2 hours before or 1 hour after you take these medicines.
When Not To Use
This medicine is not right for everyone. Do not use it if you had an allergic reaction to atazanavir.
Do not breastfeed. You can spread HIV or AIDS to your baby through your breast milk.
This medicine may cause the following problems:Heart rhythm problems Liver problems Increased risk of kidney stones or gallstones High blood sugar levels, a problem that could become permanent
Your immune system may get stronger when you start taking an HIV medicine. Infections that were hidden in your body, such as pneumonia or tuberculosis, might start to have symptoms. Tell your doctor right away if you notice any changes in your health.
This medicine will not keep you from giving HIV to others. Always practice safe sex, even if your partner also has HIV. Do not share needles or other items that may have blood or body fluids on them.
Your doctor will do lab tests at regular visits to check on the effects of this medicine. Keep all appointments.
Keep all medicine out of the reach of children. Never share your medicine with anyone.
Possible side effects
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Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:
Fainting, dizziness, lightheadedness
Fast, slow, or uneven heartbeat; chest pain
Increased hunger or thirst, change in how much or how often you urinate, unusual weight loss
If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:
If you notice other side effects that you think are caused by this medicine, tell your doctor.
Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
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