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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

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Lopinavir And Ritonavir (Definition)

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

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?

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)?

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

Better meds now: There are certainly better regimens nowadays than kaletra (lopinavir and ritonavir). In my opinion it's a drug for the 80s. It's 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 regard to the number of meds...It's 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?

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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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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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?

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 an HIV protease inhibitor. ...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

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Taking PEP treatment truvada (emtricitabine and tenofovir) and kaletra for HIV exposure, on my last week, but today took afternoon dose 2 hrs late, will it affect effectiveness?

Taking PEP treatment truvada (emtricitabine and tenofovir) and kaletra for HIV exposure, on my last week, but today took afternoon dose 2 hrs late, will it affect effectiveness?

HIV prophylaxis: No — this minor deviation from your medication regimen will not have any effect... so don't worry. HIV PEP is "multilayered" as it is, plus you've already gone quite a distance with 3 weeks worth of medications. Do make sure you follow up though with the doc prescribing the medication later — I assume you have a follow-up appointment? ...Read more

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I have been HIV positive for six years and I find it hard to get the results I want in the gym. Should I try anabolics. I take truvada (emtricitabine and tenofovir) prezista norvir?

I have been HIV positive for six years and I find it hard to get the results I want in the gym. Should I try anabolics. I take truvada (emtricitabine and tenofovir) prezista norvir?

Hard gainer: Trying anabolic steroids is your business in today's world, though it may be illegal and cheating. I've been around gyms for decades and most guys who try them regret it. You may do something you regret for the rest of your life, and who wants tiny testicles? Use creatine & a protein supplement first, and remember most people admire definition over bulk. Photo Guy is HIV+. ...Read more

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I am takeing truvada, (emtricitabine and tenofovir) norvir, prezista, along with bactrim, is this a good combination for the treatment of hiv? And how long will it take to see resul

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I am takeing truvada, (emtricitabine and tenofovir) norvir, prezista, along with bactrim, is this a good combination for the treatment of hiv? And how long will it take to see resul

Yes: This is one of the standard regimens for treatment of hiv, as well as a prophylactic antibotic for pcp and toxoplasmosis. Your viral load should be decreasing almost immediately, and follow up viral loads should be dropping in a matter of weeks. ...Read more

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1st night had cold, chills, fever of 100.5, vomiting. Hiv pt. Took septra (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) ds@5 kaletra@7. Now I have a headache and eyes hurt a little red no fever?

1st night had cold, chills, fever of 100.5, vomiting. Hiv pt. Took septra (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) ds@5 kaletra@7. Now I have a headache and eyes hurt a little red no fever?

Could be the flu: I wonder if the HIV lowered your resistance and you could have a more serious problem. See your physician asap especially because of the headache that needs more investigation. ...Read more

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Why did my medication make me fat?

Why did my medication make me fat?

Meds made fat: You ate more calories than you burned. Usually they stimualate appetite. ...Read more

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What medication can I take for pile?

What medication can I take for pile?

Steroid like cream: Check with your pharmacist as there are steroid like creams that can help with hemorrhoids. Increase fiber and fluids so as not to get constipated, which can increase your risk of hemorrhoids. If severe, you may need to see a dr. For treatment. Best wishes. ...Read more

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How exactly does pain medication work?

How exactly does pain medication work?

Two ways: Pain medication can work at the site of the pain like an anti inflamation medication or at the central nervous system like the opioids. Depending on the necessity for the doctor will prescribe the appropriate medication. ...Read more

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What is the best medication for a cold?

What is the best medication for a cold?

Cold: Most of the medications don't really work and in fact may make the cold last longer. Tylenol (acetaminophen) or ibuprofen for aches and fever. Mucinex to thin out secretions. Lots of fluids and rest. ...Read more

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How can I start taking less medication?

How can I start taking less medication?

Not sure about less?: If you are taking drugs for a chronic condition like heart disease, diabetes, hypertension, then this a difficult question. If you are concerned about how many pills you are taking in a day, maybe combinations or long acting drugs can reduce the number. Either way, this is to be discussed with your physician since these alternatives are not for everyone. Good luck. ...Read more

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