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Atazanavir Sulfate Oral capsule
Generic Name: atazanavir
Brand Names: Reyataz
What is this medicine?ATAZANAVIR (at a za NA veer) is an antiretroviral medicine. It is used with other medicines to treat HIV. This medicine is not a cure for HIV. It will not stop the spread of HIV to others.
What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?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
How should I use this medicine?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.
What if I miss a dose?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.
What may interact with this medicine?Do not take this medicine with any of the following medications:
- certain medicines for stomach problems like esomeprazole, lansoprazole, omeprazole, pantoprazole, rabeprazole
- medicines for headaches like dihydroergotamine, ergonovine, ergotamine, methylergonovine
- red yeast rice
- St. John's wort
This medicine may also interact with the following medications:
- antacids or buffered medications
- birth control pills or patch
- medicines for blood pressure, heart disease, irregular heart beat
- medicines for cholesterol like atorvastatin or rosuvastatin
- medicines for depression, anxiety, or psychotic disturbances
- medicines for erectile dysfunction
- medicines for fungal infections like ketoconazole, itraconazole, posaconazole and voriconazole
- medicines for stomach problems like cimetidine, famotidine, nizatidine, ranitidine
- other medicines for HIV
What should I watch for while using this medicine?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.
What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?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
- tingling or burning in your hands, feet or around the mouth
- trouble sleeping
- weight gain around waist, back, or thinning of face, arms, legs
Where should I keep my 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.
Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.