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Lopinavir-Ritonavir is composed of a mixture of two antiviral medications and belongs to the type of drugs called protease inhibitors. Lopinavir-Ritonavir is a HIV medicine.
Lopinavir-Ritonavir is prescribed in treating human immunodeficiency virus or HIV. However, Lopinavir-Ritonavir could not cure HIV or AIDS. Lopinavir-Ritonavir could also be prescribed in other purposes not mentioned here.
Talk to your doctor first before taking Lopinavir-Ritonavir if you have liver disease, diabetes, hemophilia, and have had a pancreatitis or inflammation of the pancreas. If you have any of the said conditions, your doctor might not allow you to take Lopinavir-Ritonavir, adjust your dose or require you a special monitoring during the treatment.
Lopinavir-Ritonavir belongs to the FDA pregnancy category C. It is unknown whether Lopinavir-Ritonavir could cause harm to an unborn baby. If you are pregnant or could become pregnant during the treatment, discuss with your doctor the treatment options.
It is unknown whether Lopinavir-Ritonavir passes in breast milk and if it could cause harm to a nursing infant. It is advisable for mothers who have HIV to avoid breast-feeding so that the virus will not be transmitted to the nursing infant.
Follow the exact directions given to you by your doctor in taking Lopinavir-Ritonavir. In case you did not understand the instructions, do not hesitate to ask your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist to explain them to you. It is advisable to take every dose of Lopinavir-Ritonavir with a full glass of water and with food.
If you are taking Lopinavir-Ritonavir together with didanosine, it is necessary to take them at least two and a half hours apart to avoid interaction.
It is advisable to use a dose-measuring device in taking the liquid form of Lopinavir-Ritonavir to make sure that you consume the correct amount. To get the most benefit, it is good to take Lopinavir-Ritonavir regularly.
Usually, HIV or AIDS treatments require two or more doses of Lopinavir-Ritonavir. Stop taking all of the medicines until you talked to your doctor if you need to stop taking one of them.
You may obtain the dose of Lopinavir-Ritonavir from your doctor. Follow the exact dose of Lopinavir-Ritonavir given to you by your doctor. The dose of Lopinavir-Ritonavir will vary from person to person.
The symptoms of an overdose with Lopinavir-Ritonavir are unknown. If you suspect an overdose with Lopinavir-Ritonavir, look for emergency medical attention.
In case you miss a dose of Lopinavir-Ritonavir, take he missed dose as soon as you recall but if it is almost time or the next dose, skip the missed dose and proceed to the next regularly scheduled dose. Avoid taking a double dose of Lopinavir-Ritonavir.
Some of the side effects of Lopinavir-Ritonavir are allergic reaction such as closing of the throat, difficulty in breathing, hives and others; pancreatitis; and liver problems. If you experience any of the said side effects, stop taking Lopinavir-Ritonavir, look for emergency medical attention or contact your doctor immediately.
Some of the less serious side effects of Lopinavir-Ritonavir are diarrhea; rash; changes in the blood sugar, blood triglyceride, or cholesterol levels; weakness, nausea, tiredness, or dizziness; and changes in the body fat. In case you experience any of the said less serious side effects, talk to your doctor in the soonest possible time.
Some side effects that are not mentioned here may also occur. Inform your doctor if you experience any unusual or bothersome side effects.
Talk to your doctor first before taking Lopinavir-Ritonavir if you are taking other drugs like cisapride; rifampin or rifabutin; herbal or natural products having St. John's wort; pimozide; ergotamine or dihydroergotamine; Amiodarone, bepridil, flecainide, propafenone, or quinidine; diazepam, clorazepate, estazolam, flurazepam, midazolam, triazolam, or zolpidem; bupropion or clozapine; or meperidine, piroxicam or propoxyphene.
Other drugs that could interact or affect Lopinavir-Ritonavir are phenytoin, carbamazepine or Phenobarbital; sildenafil, vardenafil or tadalafil; tricyclic antidepressant; warfarin; cyclosporine, tacrolimus, sirolimus; methadone; stomach or ulcer medication; dexamethasone ; dapsone; disulfiram; cholesterol medicine; theophylline; metronidazole, erythromycin, clarithromycin or clindamycin; calcium channel blocker; itraconazole or ketoconazole; and HIV/AIDS medicine. Inform your doctor if you are using any of the said medicines. If you are taking any of the said medications, your doctor might not allow you to take Lopinavir-Ritonavir, adjust your dose or require you a special monitoring during the treatment.
There is a possibility that Lopinavir-Ritonavir would reduce the effectiveness of birth control pills. While taking Lopinavir-Ritonavir, second method of birth control could be used.
Other drugs not mentioned here may also affect Lopinavir-Ritonavir. Talk to your doctor first before taking any other prescriptions or over-the-counter medicines like vitamins, minerals and herbal products.
Other Brand Names
In some countries Lopinavir-Ritonavir may also be known as: