Information about Atazanavir
Atazanavir is used in combination with other anti-retroviral medicines for the treatment of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV-1) infection..
How Atazanavir works
Atazanavir is an anti-HIV medication. It works by interfering with an enzyme (protease), which is required by HIV-infected cells to make new viruses. This stops the production of new viruses.
Common side effects of Atazanavir
Rash, Headache, Dizziness, Vomiting, Crystals in urine, Nausea, Abdominal pain, Indigestion, Paresthesia (tingling or pricking sensation), Throat pain, Increased liver enzymes, Diarrhea, Blood in urine, Peripheral neuropathy (tingling and numbness of feet and hand), Cough, Taste change, Hypercholesterolemia (high cholesterol), Increased triglyceride level in blood, Protein in urine
Expert advice for Atazanavir
- Atazanavir should be taken with food.
- Do not skip any doses and finish the full course of treatment even if you feel better.
- Do not take antacids an hour before or two hours after taking Atazanavir.
- It may cause dizziness or sleepiness. Do not drive or do anything that requires concentration until you know how it affects you.
- Stop taking medications (prescribed for erectile dysfunction) like sildenafil or tadalafil while on treatment with this medicine.
- Your doctor may check your liver function regularly. Inform your doctor if you develop abdominal pain, loss of appetite darkened urine or yellowing of the eyes or skin (jaundice).
- Inform your doctor if you are pregnant, planning pregnancy or breastfeeding.