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Ampenavir - Indications, Dosage, Side Effects and Precautions

Last Updated on Feb 10, 2011
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Information about Ampenavir

Generic Name : Ampenavir
Pronunciation : am-PREN-ah-veer
Latest prescription information about Ampenavir. Learn how to pronounce the drug's name, its indications, dosage, how to take, when to take, when not to take, side effects, special precautions, warnings and its storage instructions . Also listed are the International and Indian trade name(s) of the drug and its price list.
ICD Code : Y41.5 | Therapeutic Classification : Antiretroviral Agents
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Trade Names/Brand Names of Ampenavir

International- Agenerase.

Note: Brand is not available in US market.
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Why is Ampenavir Prescribed? (Indications)

This medication is a protease inhibitor, prescribed for HIV/AIDS in combination with at least two other antiviral medications. It inhibits the growth and multiplication of human immunodeficiency virus.  
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When should Ampenavir not be taken? (Contraindications)

Contraindicated in patients who are taking ergot derivatives, gastrointestinal motility agent, neuroleptic agent, sedatives, ritonavir and hypersensitivity.

What is the dosage of Ampenavir?

Adult- Oral- The recommended oral dose is 1,200 mg twice daily in combination with other antiretroviral agents.
Child- Oral- The recommended dose is 20 mg/kg twice daily or 15 mg/kg 3 times daily (to a maximum daily dose of 2,400 mg) in combination with other antiretroviral agents.

How should Ampenavir be taken?

It comes as a capsule to take by mouth, two times per day, with or without food.

What are the warnings and precautions for Ampenavir?

• Caution should be exercised in patients with history of diabetes, bleeding disorders, high cholesterol, high blood sugar, liver disease, skin rash, or kidney problems, any allergy, who are taking other medication, elderly, children, during pregnancy and breastfeeding.

Amprenavir liquid should not be used by infants or children younger than 4 years of age.

Avoid alcohol consumption.

This medication works best when the amount of drug in the body is kept at a constant level. Therefore, take this drug at evenly spaced intervals.

Patient may develop with increased level of body fat; monitor cholesterol level regularly.

What are the side effects of Ampenavir?

  Gastrointestinal : Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, dry mouth, abdominal pain/discomfort, frequent urination, gas, tiredness, aste disorders, extreme hunger and extreme thirst.

  Skin: Rash.

  Central Nervous System : Tingling/numbness of hands/feet/mouth area, weakness, confusion and mood disorders.

What are the other precautions for Ampenavir?

It may increase blood sugar level, if it so consult with your doctor.
It is important not to miss doses of amprenavir. Do not take 2 doses at once.

What are the storage conditions for Ampenavir?

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



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