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:
- muscle pain,
- abdominal pain, and
- jaundice increasing bilirubin in the blood.
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.
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