atazanavir, Reyataz (cont.)

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PRESCRIBED FOR: Atazanavir is used in combination with other drugs for the treatment of HIV infections.

SIDE EFFECTS: The most common side effects of atazanavir are:

Other important side effects include:

  • increase in blood glucose levels or an increase or redistribution of body fat;
  • Changes in body fat including increased fat in the upper back and neck (buffalo hump), trunk and breasts; and
  • a decreased heart rate.

In a small number of patients a serious condition called lactic acidosis--a build up of acid in the blood--may occur. Symptoms of lactic acidosis include persistent nausea, vomiting, weakness and trouble breathing. Individuals with bleeding disorders may bleed more when taking atazanavir.

PRESCRIPTION: Yes

GENERIC AVAILABLE: No

PREPARATIONS: Capsules: 100, 150, 200, and 300 mg

STORAGE: Atazanavir should be stored at room temperature, between 15 C to 30 C (59 F to 86 F).

DOSING: The starting dose of atazanavir for treatment naive adults is 300 mg atazanavir plus 100 mg ritonavir (Norvir) once daily with food or 400 mg atazanavir once daily with food if unable to tolerate ritonavir.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 6/16/2015


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