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.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 6/16/2015

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