saquinavir, Invirase (Fortovase - discontinued) (cont.)

Pharmacy Author:
Medical and Pharmacy Editor:

SIDE EFFECTS: The most frequent side effects are:

  • headache,
  • weakness,
  • diarrhea,
  • nausea, and
  • stomach discomfort.

Other imortant side effects of Saquinavir include:

  • skin reactions,
  • liver failure,
  • seizures and
  • failure of the pancreas (pancreatitis).

Like other protease inhibitors, use of saquinavir may be associated with redistribution or accumulation of body fat, increased cholesterol and worsening of diabetes.

GENERIC AVAILABLE: No

PRESCRIPTION: Yes

PREPARATIONS: Tablets: 500 mg; Capsules: 200 mg

STORAGE: Store Invirase capsules at room temperature, 15 C - 30 C (59 F - 86 F).

DOSING: The recommended dose of Invirase for adults is 600 mg three times daily. Invirase should be administered within 2 hours of a meal.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 7/24/2015


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