for Veterans and the Public
- Type of Drug: Protease Inhibitor
- Once HIV has infected a cell and made copies of itself, it uses an enzyme called protease to process itself correctly so it can be released from the cell to infect other cells. Protease inhibitors work by blocking that enzyme.
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Approved adult dosing
two 250 mg capsules Aptivus + two 100 mg tablets or capsules ritonavir (Norvir) two times a day
Notes on taking this medication
- Because of the possibility of severe side effects, Aptivus is not recommended for treatment of HIV; if you are taking Aptivus, please talk with your clinician about the possibility of changing to a different medication
- Should take with food; a high-fat meal increases absorption
- Must take with ritonavir (Norvir)
Possible side effects
- Abdominal pain; nausea; vomiting; diarrhea
- Elevations in cholesterol and triglycerides
- Liver inflammation and increased liver enzyme levels
See accompanying chart: Tips for Common Side Effects
Disclaimer: This information is not meant to substitute for advice from your medical provider or pharmacist. If you have any questions about your medication dosing, talk to your medical provider or pharmacist.