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    Information about Ritonavir

    Ritonavir uses

    Ritonavir is used in the treatment of HIV infection.

    How ritonavir works

    Ritonavir 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 ritonavir

    Taste change, Headache, Nausea, Diarrhea, Paresthesia (tingling or pricking sensation), Dizziness, Cough, Abdominal pain, Throat pain, Peripheral neuropathy (tingling and numbness of feet and hand)
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    Dr. Love Sharma
    PhD (Pharmacology), PGDPRA
    Reviewed By
    Dr. Shilpa Garcha
    MD (Pharmacology), MBBS
    Last updated on:
    15 Feb 2018 | 05:57 PM (IST)
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    Expert advice for Ritonavir

    • Consult your doctor about taking the ritonavir if you had a history of hepatitis A or B, hemophilia, diabetes, erectile dysfunction, kidney disease, any kind of infection, stiffness or aches or pains in joints, weakness or pain or tenderness in muscles, light-headedness, dizziness, fainting episodes or abnormal heartbeat.
    • Ritonavir tablets should always be taken with food.
    • Use effective methods of contraception to avoid pregnancy.
    • Do not drive or operate machinery as ritonavir can cause dizziness or sleepiness.

    Frequently asked questions for Ritonavir


    Q. What is Ritonavir used for?

    It is used along with other medication for treating human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection. It does not completely cure HIV or AIDS

    Q. Why is ritonavir used along with lopinavir?

    Ritonavir is available with lopinavir as a fixed dose combination as it improves the availability of lopinavir which helps in increasing activity against HIV

    Q. Is ritonavir a protease inhibitor?

    Ritonavir, a protease inhibitor

    Q. How does Ritonavir work and what does it inhibit?

    Ritonavir belongs to a class of medication called protease inhibitors. It inhibits protease enzymes from breaking down proteins and thus prevents HIV from multiplying inside the body. It does not cure HIV completely but reduces the chances of getting acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) and HIV related infections or cancer

    Q. Why is it used as a booster?

    Ritonavir is used as a booster to increase the absorption of other protease inhibitors as well as prevent other protease inhibitors from being degraded.

    Content on this page was last updated on 15 February, 2018, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)