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Indinavir is used in the treatment of HIV infection

How it works

Indinavir prevents the multiplication of HIV virus in human cells. Thus stops the HIV virus from producing new viruses.

Common side effects

Rash, Headache, Dizziness, Muscle pain, Pancreatic inflammation, Insomnia, Vomiting, Weakness, Crystals in urine, Nausea, Dry mouth, Abdominal pain, Indigestion, Loss of appetite, Dyspepsia, Circumoral paresthesia, Paresthesia (tingling or pricking sensation), Hair loss, Glucose intolerance, Fatigue, Jaundice, Liver enzyme increased, Fever, Itching, Dry skin, Blood in urine, Diarrhoea, Increased bilirubin in the blood, Depression, Peripheral neuropathy, Anaphylactic reaction, Reduced sense of touch, Feeling of discomfort, Altered taste, Decreased white blood cell count (neutrophils), Difficulty in urination, Flatulence, Increased cholesterol level in blood, Increased triglyceride level in blood, Kidney stone, Increased glucose level in blood, Protein in urine

Available Medicine

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 19 January, 2017, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)