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Dr. Qamar Khan
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Lopinavir And Ritonavir (Overview)

Lopinavir|ritonavir is a protease inhibitor which is a kind of drug used for HIV (anti-viral agent, antibiotic and antimicrobial).


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How effective is Kaletra (lopinavir and ritonavir) for treating HIV?

How effective is Kaletra (lopinavir and ritonavir) for treating HIV?

Yes but not alone: Treats human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection. HIV causes acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS). This medicine does not cure HIV or AIDS, but combination of drugs may slow the progress of the disease. Must be used with 2 additional agents. Has diarrhea as a complication in almost every patient. ...Read more

Dr. Qamar Khan
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Lopinavir And Ritonavir (Overview)

Lopinavir|ritonavir is a protease inhibitor which is a kind of drug used for HIV (anti-viral agent, antibiotic and antimicrobial).


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What is ritonavir?

What is ritonavir?

Ritonavir: An anti-hiv drug that is used in combination with others, never alone. It is a HIV protease inhibitor. ...Read more

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If HIV positive started on kaletra (lopinavir and ritonavir)?

If HIV positive started on kaletra (lopinavir and ritonavir)?

Better meds now: There are certainly better regimens now a days than kaletra (lopinavir and ritonavir). In my opinion its a drug for the 80's. Its a large pill burden, associated with diarrhea and causes elevations in cholesterol. Please find a good board certified infectious disease doctor in your area. In regards to the number of meds...Its generally 3. Very rarely do we have to use 6 or 7 as was suggested by another physician. ...Read more

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Combivir (lamivudine and zidovudine) side effexts bad?

Combivir (lamivudine and zidovudine) side effexts bad?

Many side effects: Combivir (lamivudine and zidovudine) has many side effects and some side effects like headache and neuropathy, anemia, neutropenia and thrombocytopenia, hepatic toxicity and lactic acidosis and loss of appetite and loss of weight to list a few can make you stop the cmbivir compond. ...Read more

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What are other uses for kaletra (lopinavir and ritonavir) besides treating hiv?

Not many other uses: Kaletra (lopinavir and ritonavir) is lopinavir/ritonavir, which are two protease inhibitors specifically targeted to the HIV virus. In some instances, a physician might prescribe Kaletra (lopinavir and ritonavir) for exposure PROPHYLAXIS (in combination with Combivir), which tries to PREVENT the patient from getting HIV if already exposed. Besides that, the medication has no other FDA approved uses. ...Read more

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What are any other uses for kaletra (lopinavir and ritonavir) except for hiv?

None: Kaletra (lopinavir and ritonavir) is specifically designed to treat hiv, there are no other diseases for which it is known to be effective. ...Read more

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Can you use kaletra (lopinavir and ritonavir) and combivir when you pregnant ?

Can you use kaletra (lopinavir and ritonavir) and combivir when you pregnant ?

Yes: These medications are used to treat hiv. Antiviral medications are recommended in pregnancy in order to reduce transmission to the baby. There is no evidence that either kaletra (lopinavir and ritonavir) or Combivir cause harm. ...Read more

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Betwee atripla and complera (emtricitabine and rilpivirine and tenofovir) which one is the best?

Betwee atripla and complera (emtricitabine and rilpivirine and tenofovir) which one is the best?

Pros and cons: Atripla is a bit stronger but has more side effects. We use Complera (emtricitabine and rilpivirine and tenofovir) in people whose viral loads are below 100, 000 and whose CD4 counts are above 200. Take Complera (emtricitabine and rilpivirine and tenofovir) with a meal, and don't take it with medications that reduce stomach acid. If you're viral load is higher than that, you could take atripla, though i often prefer stribild, another single-tablet regimen that's better tolerated. ...Read more

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Can complera (emtricitabine and rilpivirine and tenofovir) make you depressed?

Can complera (emtricitabine and rilpivirine and tenofovir) make you depressed?

Yes - possible: Please see issues related to mood and complera (emtricitabine and rilpivirine and tenofovir) at: http://www.complera (emtricitabine and rilpivirine and tenofovir).com/complera (emtricitabine and rilpivirine and tenofovir)-side-effects ...Read more

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Can retrovir (zidovudine) and stavudine (d4t, zerit) be taken together in an HIV regimen of medicine?

Can retrovir (zidovudine) and stavudine (d4t, zerit)  be taken together in an HIV regimen of medicine?

Yes: But the choice of combinations will depend upon assessment by a competent HIV specialist, measuring not only the sensitivity of the virus in a given patient, but the tolerance of that patient to the side-effects of the medicines. ...Read more

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Effects of the hepititus drug called heptovir (lamivudine)?

Effects of the hepititus drug called heptovir (lamivudine)?

Usually well-tolerated.: Heptovir is the generic name for lamivudine, a hepatitis B drug. For the most part, it is usually well-tolerated. Anyone could have side effects from the medications, however. Contact your doctor immediately if you have severe muscle pain or cramping, a sign of an allergic reaction, or severe abdominal pain. Good luck. ...Read more

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How effective is Truvada (emtricitabine and tenofovir) for treating HIV?

How effective is Truvada (emtricitabine and tenofovir) for treating HIV?

Very, but not alone: Truvada (emtricitabine and tenofovir) is effective in the treatment of HIV, but not alone. A 3rd agent (there are 2 active compounds in it; emtricitabine & tenofavir)is required. There now are many, Prezista, Isentress, Edurant & Reyataz just to name a few. ...Read more

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What are interferon alpha-2a and pegylated interferon alfa-2a (pegasys)?

What are interferon alpha-2a and pegylated interferon alfa-2a (pegasys)?

2 versions 1 drug: They are the same drug except that the pegylation makes that drug longer acting, so it can be given less often. ...Read more

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Is abreva and denavir (penciclovir) the same?

Is abreva and denavir (penciclovir) the same?

Different: While they are both topical treatments for cold sores (herpes simplex), they are different medications. They both may shorten the duration of an active cold sore outbreak somewhat, but through different mechanisms. Abreva has an advantage in that it is available without a prescription. ...Read more

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Is reyataz (atazanavir) an HIV prophylaxis drug?

Is reyataz (atazanavir) an HIV prophylaxis drug?

No: Reyataz is the brand name for atazanavir, and belongs in the protease inhibitor of antiretroviral drugs. It is one of several other drugs that can be used to treat a person infected with hiv, but is not used for prophylaxis. ...Read more

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I am on norvir (ritonavir) and I am looking at if it could cause side effects?

I am on norvir (ritonavir) and I am looking at if it could cause side effects?

Like what?: Side effects most commonly seen with Norvir (ritonavir) includes GI and neuro disturbances including nausea, diarrhea, vomiting, los of appetite, abdominal pain, taste changes, and numbness around the mouth, and fingers/toes. ...Read more

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How effective is Kaletra (lopinavir and ritonavir) for treating HIV?

Yes but not alone: Treats human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection. HIV causes acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS). This medicine does not cure HIV or AIDS, but combination of drugs may slow the progress of the disease. Must be used with 2 additional agents. Has diarrhea as a complication in almost every patient. ...Read more

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What are any other uses for kaletra (lopinavir and ritonavir) except for hiv?

None: Kaletra (lopinavir and ritonavir) is specifically designed to treat hiv, there are no other diseases for which it is known to be effective. ...Read more

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What are other uses for kaletra (lopinavir and ritonavir) besides treating hiv?

Not many other uses: Kaletra (lopinavir and ritonavir) is lopinavir/ritonavir, which are two protease inhibitors specifically targeted to the HIV virus. In some instances, a physician might prescribe Kaletra (lopinavir and ritonavir) for exposure PROPHYLAXIS (in combination with Combivir), which tries to PREVENT the patient from getting HIV if already exposed. Besides that, the medication has no other FDA approved uses. ...Read more

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If HIV positive started on kaletra (lopinavir and ritonavir)?

Better meds now: There are certainly better regimens now a days than kaletra (lopinavir and ritonavir). In my opinion its a drug for the 80's. Its a large pill burden, associated with diarrhea and causes elevations in cholesterol. Please find a good board certified infectious disease doctor in your area. In regards to the number of meds...Its generally 3. Very rarely do we have to use 6 or 7 as was suggested by another physician. ...Read more

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Can you use kaletra (lopinavir and ritonavir) and combivir when you pregnant ?

Yes: These medications are used to treat hiv. Antiviral medications are recommended in pregnancy in order to reduce transmission to the baby. There is no evidence that either kaletra (lopinavir and ritonavir) or Combivir cause harm. ...Read more

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Is it okay to take Alli with my hiv meds kaletra (lopinavir and ritonavir) and combivir? I take alli at lunch and evening meal. I take my hiv meds at 9am and 9pm

This should be fine: I cannot find any interactions between these meds and orlistat (Alli). This combination may cause an increase in diarrhea as this is a documented side effect in both kaletra (lopinavir and ritonavir) and combivir, and the way Alli works, if you eat too much fat you will have diarrhea. I would still check with your infectious disease doctor though and make sure your viral load is staying low while taking this combo of meds. ...Read more

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Can you take ginkgo biloba with norvir (ritonavir)?

Can you take ginkgo biloba with norvir (ritonavir)?

Ginko and normier: I would avoid ginkgo unless you need some way to spend your money and waste it. You have no idea how it is made, what they add to it and if it is harmful or helpful. It is a supplement. There are no quality controls on them. Some add arsenic, mercury and viagra to supplements. Beware. Don't bet your life on them. ...Read more

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I am on norvir (ritonavir) and I am looking at if it could cause side effects?

Like what?: Side effects most commonly seen with Norvir (ritonavir) includes GI and neuro disturbances including nausea, diarrhea, vomiting, los of appetite, abdominal pain, taste changes, and numbness around the mouth, and fingers/toes. ...Read more

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What is ritonavir?

Ritonavir: An anti-hiv drug that is used in combination with others, never alone. It is a HIV protease inhibitor. ...Read more

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Is norvir (ritonavir) a drug that has to be refrigerated all the time?

Used to be....: Norvir (generic name: ritonavir)- the drug is a protease inhibitor that is more commonly used to "boost" (i.e. Increase the level ) other protease inhibitors. Available in the past in its cap form, this drug had to be refrigerated. However, it was reformulated as a tablet, which doesn't require refrigeration. ...Read more

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I need to renew my norvir (ritonavir) co-pay card, yet am having difficulty finding a new one online. Any suggestions? The sites I have viewed are outdated.

I need to renew my norvir (ritonavir) co-pay card, yet am having difficulty finding a new one online. Any suggestions? The sites I have viewed are outdated.

WWW.PPARX.ORG: I am not sure, but i found this statement from norvir's website (http://www.Norvir.Com/) "if you cannot afford your medication, contact: www.Pparx.Org or call the toll-free phone number (1-888-4ppa-now) (1-888-477-2669) for assistance." if that doesn't help i would suggest contacting a local social worker or financial assistance counselor who may have ways of getting updated information. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Norvir allergy?

What is the definition or description of: Norvir allergy?

Norvir allergy: Norvir is an antiviral medication used in the treatment of HIV infections. An allergy occurs when your body’s immune system creates antibodies to a foreign substance causing a reaction that can be mild to severe. For potential adverse effects see: http://www.rxlist.com/norvir-side-effects-drug-center.htm ...Read more

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I am on lexiva truvada (emtricitabine and tenofovir) norvir, could cause side effects?

I am on lexiva truvada (emtricitabine and tenofovir) norvir, could cause side effects?

Sometimes: The regimen of norvir, lexiva, and truvada (emtricitabine and tenofovir) is usually well tolerated and does not cause side effects. However, everyone responds differently to medications. Sometimes this regimen may cause some gastrointestinal side effects (such as mild nausea or diarrhea) and cholesterol/triglyceride elevations related to the protease inhibitors. ...Read more

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I take norvir, truvada, (emtricitabine and tenofovir) and prezista at night, can I take my omiprazole with them or take it in am? I'm on it for gerd.

I take norvir, truvada, (emtricitabine and tenofovir) and prezista at night, can I take my omiprazole with them or take it in am? I'm on it for gerd.

Separate: Great question. In reality science does not support taking any strong ppi antacid with these HIV medications, but, many patients do anyway. In my practice i just ask that they take them at separate times of the day. I like that you are willing to divide this by twelve hours. ...Read more

Dr. Francesca Torriani
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Ritonavir (Definition)

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Dr. Barbara Lavi
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Kaletra (Definition)

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