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Indinavir is used in the treatment of HIV infection.

How it works

Indinavir belongs to a class of medications called retroviral protease inhibitors. It works by blocking the activity of an enzyme protease which results in formation of defective viruses and decreases the viral load in body. Indinavir also lowers the risk of getting illness related to HIV and improves immunity.

Common side effects

Nausea, Kidney stone, Pancreatic inflammation, Paresthesia (tingling or pricking sensation), Protein in urine, Rash, Liver enzyme increased, Abdominal pain, Altered taste, Anaphylactic reaction, Blood in urine, Crystals in urine, Decreased white blood cell count (neutrophils), Diarrhoea, Dizziness, Dry mouth, Dry skin, Difficulty in urination, Fatigue, Flatulence, Hair loss, Headache, Increased bilirubin in the blood, Increased glucose level in blood, Reduced sense of touch, Indigestion, Insomnia, Itching, Muscle pain, Vomiting


Expert advice

  • Tell your doctor if you suffer from liver or kidney problems, allergies, diabetes, high cholesterol, hemophilia (hereditary disorder that impairs body’s ability of blood clotting), severe pain tenderness or weakness in muscle, signs of infection, autoimmune disorder (immune system attacking healthy body tissues), bone problems after taking indinavir capsule or tablet.
  • Indinavir is not recommended in children below 18 years of age.
  • Do not drive or operate heavy machineries as indinavir may cause dizziness.
  • Tell your doctor if you are or planning to become pregnant or are breastfeeding.

Content on this page was last updated on 30 September, 2016, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)