PRESCRIBED FOR: Ritonavir is used in combination with other drugs for the treatment of HIV infection.
SIDE EFFECTS: The most serious side effects are:
- liver failure,
- inflammation of the pancreas (pancreatitis),
- heart block, and
- severe allergic reactions.
Ritonavir also may elevate blood glucose resulting in new onset diabetes. Fat redistribution, elevated triglycerides, and elevated cholesterol levels also occur. Patients with hemophilia may experience spontaneous bleeding. Immune reconstitution syndrome which is an inflammatory response to infection may occur in patients treated with combination antiretroviral therapy.
Other important side effects include:
- nausea and vomiting,
- taste disturbance,
- skin sensations (burning, prickling and tingling),
- weakness, and
- insomnia (difficulty sleeping).
GENERIC AVAILABLE: No
PREPARATIONS: Capsules or tablets: 100 mg; Solution: 80 mg/ml
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