Generic Name : Enfuvirtide Pronunciation : en-FUE-vir-tide Therapeutic Classification : Antivirals ICD Code : Y41.5♦ Safety Labeling Changes Approved By FDA
International- Fuzeon. Why it is prescribed (Indications) :
This medication is an antiretroviral agent, prescribed for HIV/AIDS. It works by decreasing the amount of HIV in the blood. When it is not to be taken (Contraindications):
Dosage & When it is to be taken :
SC: Adult- The recommended dose is 90 mg (1 ml) twice daily. How it should be taken :
It comes as a solution for injection, to be administered by a healthcare provider subcutaneously (under the skin). Warnings and Precautions :
* Caution should be exercised in patients with history of blood clot or bleeding problems, smoking, lung disease, any allergy, during pregnancy and lactation.
* It may cause dizziness or drowsiness, do not drive a car or operate machinery while taking this medication.
* Do not use contaminated fluid of this medication.
* Avoid sexual contact, sharing of needles to prevent the spread of infection.
♦ *Patient may develop Immune Reconstitution Syndrome. Side Effects :
Local- Pain/discomfort, in duration, redness, lesions, itching and scars.
Genitourinary- Kidney failure/inflammation.
Blood- Decrease in blood cells.
Metabolic- Increased sugar level, infections and weight loss.
Central Nervous System- Taste disturbances, paralysis and loss of reflexes, include numbness, weakness, burning pain, depression, anxiety and suicide attempt.
Heart- Heart attack.
Gastrointestinal - Constipation, abdominal pain, loss of appetite and dry mouth.
Liver- Liver inflammation/damage
Respiratory- Lung disease, respiratory distress and cough.
* Monitor complete blood counts, liver and kidney function during the treatment.
Storage Conditions :
Store it at room temperature (25°C), and in an airtight container.
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