How to Take Atazanavir and Dose of Atazanavir


Find out how to take Atazanavir (drug) and its dose. Describes the best time to take the drug and precautions if any that should be followed.

How to take Atazanavir


How it should be taken  

It comes as a capsule to take by mouth, with food.

Dosage & When it is to be taken

Initial Adult- the recommended dose is 300 mg with ritonavir 100 mg once daily as single dose.
The recommended dose is 400 mg (without ritonavir) once daily.

When it is not to be taken (Contraindications) 

It should not be co-administered with antimycobacterials, antineoplastics, benzodiazepines, ergot derivatives, GI Motility Agent, HMG-CoA Reductase Inhibitors, neuroleptic, PDE5 inhibitor and contraindicated in patients with known hypersensitivity.

Why it is prescribed (Indications)  

This medication is an antiretroviral drug, prescribed for HIV/AIDS. It inhibits HIV protease and blocks the formation of new virus cells. 

Pregnancy Category

Category B : Animal reproduction studies have failed to demonstrate a risk to the fetus and there are no adequate and well-controlled studies in pregnant women OR Animal studies have shown an adverse effect, but adequate and well-controlled studies in pregnant women have failed to demonstrate a risk to the fetus in any trimester.

Warnings and Precautions  

Caution should be exercised in patients with history of kidney problems or who are on dialysis, blood disorder, diabetes, heart problems or liver problems, any allergy, who are taking other medications, elderly, children, during pregnancy and breastfeeding.
It may cause dizziness or lightheadedness, do not drive a car or operate machinery while taking this medication.
Avoid sexual contact during the treatment period.
It may raise blood sugar level; monitor blood sugar regularly while taking this medication.
Patient may develop kidney stones and/or gallstones ; if it is so consult with your healthcare provider immediately.

Storage Conditions  

Store it at room temperature (25 C), and in an airtight container. Keep away from children.
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