| Rescriptor |
This medication is used in the treatment of infection with HIV (the virus that causes AIDS). It is used in combination with other HIV medications (antiretrovirals) in selected patients. No cure exists for HIV infection, and the illnesses associated with your disease (infections, etc.) may continue.
- Do not share this medication with anyone else.
- This medication has not been shown to reduce the chance of transmitting HIV to others.
- Store at room temperature between 68 and 77 degrees F (20-25 degrees C) away from light and moisture.
- Keep container tightly closed.
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- Take by mouth exactly as directed, usually three times a day with or without food.
- For ease of use, the tablets may be dissolved in water before swallowing.
- To dissolve the drug, add the tablets for the next dose to at least 3 ounces (90 cc) of water, allow to stand for a few minutes, and then stir.
- The liquid should be consumed promptly.
- The glass should be rinsed and the rinse swallowed to be sure the whole dose of medicine is taken.
- If taking didanosine or antacids, take them one hour apart from this drug.
- For anyone with lack of stomach acid (achlorhydria), take this drug with an acidic beverage (e.g., orange or cranberry juice).
- Headache or nausea might occur.
- If these persist or worsen, notify your doctor.
- Report promptly any rash or itching to your doctor.
- Unlikely but report promptly vomiting, stomach pain, yellowing skin or eyes, fever, trouble breathing, any swelling, dizziness/fainting, persistent sore throat, unusual bleeding or bruising.
- If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.
- Before taking this drug, tell your doctor your entire medical history, including allergies (particularly drug allergies), or if you have had liver disease, Severe rash, or rash with symptoms such as fever, blistering, mouth sores, swelling, or muscle/joint aches must be reported promptly to your doctor.
- This medication should be used only when clearly needed during pregnancy.
- Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor.
- It is not known whether this drug is excreted into human milk.
- Avoid breast-feeding to prevent transmission of HIV infection to an uninfected infant.
- Caution is advised when using this drug in children under 16 years of age.
- If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you remember.
- If it is near the time of the next dose, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule.
- Do not "double-up" the dose to catch up.
- Tell your doctor of all nonprescription and prescription medication you may take, especially antacids (containing aluminum and magnesium), clarithromycin, fluoxetine, indinavir, ketoconazole, phenytoin, phenobarbital , carbamazepine, rifabutin, rifampin, saquinavir, terfenadine, astemizole, dapsone, ergot derivatives (e.g., cafergot, ergotamine for migraine), alprazolam, midazolam , triazolam, nifedipine-like calcium channel blockers (for blood pressure and chest pain), cisapride, quinidine, warfarin, amphetamines or H2 blockers for stomach problems (e.g., cimetidine, ranitidine, famotidine, nizatidine), and St John's wort.
- Do not start or stop any medicine without doctor or pharmacist approval.