Anzavir R Tab
Atazanavir is given as a part of treatment for HIV infections. It does not cure the infection but reduces the risk of developing AIDs and other related illnesses. Ritonavir is given in combination with other antiviral drugs to treat HIV infections.
How does the drug work ?
Atazanavir is a protease enzyme inhibitor which inhibits the viral proteins, thus, preventing their maturation. Ritonavir is a protease inhibitor which stops the multiplication of the virus in the human body.
What are the common side effects ?The side effects which can commonly occur with the use of atazanavir are stomach pain, vomiting, diarrhea, fever, headache, depression, insomnia, glucose intolerance, muscle pain, and nausea. The side effects which can commonly occur with the use of ritonavir are nausea, vomiting, tingling or loss of sensation of lips and stomach upset.
Important Information for Safe Use:
• Cautious use of the Anzavir R is needed by the patients with kidney or liver problems including hepatitis B and C.
• Anzavir R drug should not be given to the children weighing below 10 kg and above 25 kg.
• Talk to the doctor if any other medicines such as over-the-counter drugs are needed along with Anzavir R medicine.
• HIV can pass to the baby if not treated properly. Pregnant and breastfeeding women should use Anzavir R under a doctor’s supervision.
• Discuss with the doctor regarding necessary precautions to be taken to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS.
• Inform the doctor immediately if the patient experiences sudden or spontaneous bleeding.
1. Does atazanavir affect the fat distribution? Yes. Change in the body fat levels is a side effect of atazanavir.
2. Will I get complete cure from HIV infection with atazanavir? No. Atazanavir only prevents further progress to AIDs but may not completely cure the HIV infection.
3. Is atazanavir given to children? Atazanavir is not indicated for children younger than 6 years. It may be given to older children in combination with ritonavir.
4. How to take atazanavir? You may take the atazanavir tablets with food, as a single dose. Follow the directions of your doctor carefully.
5. What if I forget taking a dose of atazanavir? If you remember taking the dose before 6 hours or less from the next dose, then skip the missed dose and continue with the next dose at its regular time. Ritonavir
1. Is lopinavir given along with ritonavir? Yes. Usually, lopinavir is given with ritonavir to increase its absorption. Thus, the action against HIV is enhanced.
2. Can a pregnant woman take ritonavir? Yes. Ritonavir is found to be safe to the fetus and can be used during pregnancy.
3. Can I take ritonavir while using birth control pills? Ritonavir can reduce the efficacy of birth control pills. Therefore, additional measures such as condoms or diaphragms may be required.
4. How to take ritonavir tablets? Take the ritonavir tablets with meals. Swallow the tablets as a whole without crushing or chewing.
5. What to do if I miss a dose of ritonavir? In case you forget to take a dose of ritonavir, take it immediately as you remember. If it is almost time for the next dose, skip the forgotten dose and continue with the next dose at its regular time.