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Atazanavir - Indications, Dosage, Side Effects and Precautions

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Information about Atazanavir

Generic Name : Atazanavir
Pronunciation : A-ta-ZAN-a-vir
Latest prescription information about Atazanavir. 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 : Antivirals
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Trade Names/Brand Names of Atazanavir

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Why is Atazanavir Prescribed? (Indications)

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

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When should Atazanavir not 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.

What is the dosage of Atazanavir?

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.

How should Atazanavir be taken?

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

What are the warnings and precautions for Atazanavir?

• 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.

What are the side effects of Atazanavir?

  Body as a Whole : Headache.
  Gastrointestinal : Nausea, jaundice, vomiting, abdominal pain and diarrhea.
  Central Nervous System : Sleeplessness, dizziness and nerve damage.
  Skin : Rash and DRESS syndrome.

What are the other precautions for Atazanavir?

Monitor liver and heart functions, bilirubin levels and cholesterol levels regularly while taking this medication.

What are the storage conditions for Atazanavir?

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




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