Highlights for atazanavir
atazanavir Side Effects
Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
- allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue
- blood in the urine
- feeling faint or lightheaded, falls
- increased hunger or thirst
- increased urination
- irregular heart rate
- nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain
- pain in the lower back or side
- pain when urinating
- redness, blistering, peeling or loosening of the skin, including inside the mouth
- unusually weak or tired
- yellowing of the eyes or skin
Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):
- depressed mood
- muscle pain
- tingling or burning in your hands, feet or around the mouth
- trouble sleeping
- weight gain around waist, back, or thinning of face, arms, legs
atazanavir May Interact with Other Medications
Do not take this medicine with any of the following medications:
- medicines for headaches like dihydroergotamine, ergonovine, ergotamine, methylergonovine
- red yeast rice
- sildenafil (when given as Revatio for treatment of pulmonary arterial hypertension)
- St. John's wort
This medicine may also interact with the following medications:
- antacids or buffered medications
- birth control pills or patch
- certain medicines for blood pressure, heart disease, irregular heart beat
- certain medicines for cholesterol like atorvastatin or rosuvastatin
- certain medicines for depression, anxiety, or psychotic disturbances
- certain medicines for erectile dysfunction
- certain medicines for fungal infections like ketoconazole, itraconazole, posaconazole, and voriconazole
- certain medicines for seizures like carbamazepine, lamotrigine, phenobarbital, phenytoin
- certain medicines for stomach problems like cimetidine, famotidine, omeprazole, lansoprazole
- other medicines for HIV
How to Use atazanavir
Take this medicine by mouth with a glass of water. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Take this medicine with food. Take your medicine at regular intervals. Do not take your medicine more often than directed. For your anti-HIV therapy to work as well as possible, take each dose exactly as prescribed. Do not skip doses or stop your medicine even if you feel better. Skipping doses may make the HIV virus resistant to this medicine and other medicines. Do not stop taking except on your doctor's advice.
Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.
They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
- kidney disease requiring dialysis treatment
- liver disease
- irregular heartbeat
- an unusual or allergic reaction to atazanavir, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
- pregnant or trying to get pregnant
If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses.
Visit your doctor or health care professional for regular check ups. Discuss any new symptoms with your doctor. You will need to have important blood work done while on this medicine.
HIV is spread to others through sexual or blood contact. Talk to your doctor about how to stop the spread of HIV.
Birth control pills may not work properly while you are taking this medicine. Talk to your doctor about using an extra method of birth control. Women who can still have children must use a reliable form of barrier contraception, like a condom or diaphragm.
This medicine may affect blood sugar levels. If you have diabetes, check with your doctor or health care professional before you change your diet or the dose of your diabetic medicine.
Keep out of the reach of children.
Store tightly closed at room temperature between 15 and 30 degrees C (59 and 86 degrees F). Protect from moisture. Dispose of unused medicines through community take-back disposal programs when available or place this medicine in an unrecognizable, closed container in the household trash.
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Last Updated: October 22, 2014