Reyataz

Generic Name: Atazanavir

  • What is Reyataz?

    Reyataz is used to treat people who are infected with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV); it is used in combination with other anti-HIV drugs.

  • What is the most important information I should know about Reyataz?

    Reyataz does not cure HIV infection or AIDS. Reyataz does not lower your chance of passing HIV to other people through sexual contact, sharing needles, or being exposed to your blood.

    Reyataz may cause changes in the conduction of your heart, which can affect how your heart beats. Notify your doctor if you are experiencing symptoms of dizziness or lightheadedness.

    Skin rashes have been reported in patients taking Reyataz. In rare cases, Reyataz has been observed to cause a severe or life-threatening rash. If you develop a rash with any of the following symptoms, stop using Reyataz and call your doctor right away: shortness of breath, "flu-like" symptoms, fever, muscle or joint aches, conjunctivitis (pink eye), blisters, mouth sores, swelling of your face.

    In rare instances, Reyataz has been observed to cause liver problems. This may especially be true for patients with chronic hepatitis B or C infections. Your doctor may initiate blood tests prior to treatment, and periodically thereafter. Call your doctor immediately if you notice any signs of liver problems, which include yellowing of your skin, dark urine, pale colored stool, nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, or pain, aching or sensitivity on your right side below your ribs.

    You may experience yellowing of your skin or whites of your eyes due to the increase of a product known as bilirubin in your body. Notify your doctor if you experience any of these symptoms.

  • Who should not take Reyataz?

    You should not take Reyataz if you are allergic or sensitive to any of its ingredients.

  • What should I tell my doctor before I take the first dose of Reyataz?

    Tell your doctor about all the medications you take including prescription, over-the-counter and herbal medications. Also, talk to your doctor about your complete medical history, especially if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or if you are breastfeeding. Also, tell your doctor if you have liver problems or are infected with hepatitis B or C virus, or if you have kidney disease, diabetes, or hemophilia.

  • What is the usual dosage?

    The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your doctor uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your doctor may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your doctor's approval.

    Patients Who Have Never Taken Anti-HIV Medication Before

    Adults: The usual dose is Reyataz 300 milligrams (mg) with ritonavir 100 mg once daily with food or Reyataz 400 mg once daily with food.

    Patients Who Have Taken Anti-HIV Medication Before

    Adults: The usual dose is Reyataz 300 mg with ritonavir 100 mg once daily with food.

    Children 6 to 17 years: Your doctor will prescribe the appropriate dose based on your child's weight.

  • How should I take Reyataz?

    Take Reyataz once every day, exactly as instructed by your doctor. Always take Reyataz with food and do not open the capsules.

    Do not change your dose or stop taking Reyataz without first talking to your doctor.

    Be sure to keep your Reyataz prescription filled; it is essential that you not miss any doses.

    If you are taking antacids or didanosine (Videx), take Reyataz 2 hours before or 1 hour after these medicines.

    If you are taking medicines for indigestion, heartburn, or ulcers such as Axid, Pepcid AC, Tagamet, Zantac, Aciphex, Nexium, Prevacid, Prilosec, or Protonix, talk to your doctor or pharmacist for advice.

  • What should I avoid while taking Reyataz?

    Reyataz does not reduce the risk of passing HIV to others through sexual contact, sharing needles, or being exposed to your blood. For your health and the health of others, it is important to always practice safe sex by using a latex or polyurethane condom or other barrier methods to lower the chance of sexual contact with any body fluids such as semen, vaginal secretions, or blood. Never reuse or share needles.

  • What are possible food and drug interactions associated with Reyataz?

    If Reyataz is taken with certain drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. It is especially important to check with your doctor before combining Reyataz with alfuzosin, amiodarone, amitriptyline, atorvastatin, bepridil, bosentan, buprenorphine, cisapride, colchicine, cyclosporine, desipramine, doxepin, ergot medicines (dihydroergotamine, ergonovine, ergotamine, and methylergonovine), fluticasone, imipramine, indinavir, irinotecan, lidocaine, lovastatin, midazolam, nevirapine, pimozide, protriptyline, quinidine, rifabutin, rifampin, rosuvastatin, salmeterol, sildenafil, simvastatin, sirolimus, St. John's wort, tacrolimus, tadalafil, triazolam, trimipramine, trazodone, vardenafil, voriconazole, warfarin

  • What are the possible side effects of Reyataz?

    Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this drug.

    Side effects may include: increased bleeding (in persons with hemophilia), a change in the way your heart beats, high blood sugar, diabetes or worsening of diabetes, rash, changes in body fat, yellowing of the skin and/or eyes, nausea, headache, stomach pain, vomiting, diarrhea, depression, fever, dizziness, trouble sleeping, muscle pain, numbness, tingling or burning of hands or feet

  • Can I receive Reyataz if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

    The effects of Reyataz during pregnancy are unknown. Only take Reyataz if the potential benefit justifies the potential risk to the baby. You should not breastfeed if you are HIV-positive because of the chance of passing HIV to your baby.

  • What should I do if I miss a dose of Reyataz?

    If you miss a dose of Reyataz, take it as soon as possible and then take your next scheduled dose at its regular time. If it is within 6 hours of your next dose, do not take the missed dose. Wait and take the next dose at the regular time. Do not take two doses at once. It is important that you do not miss any doses of Reyataz or your other anti-HIV medications.

  • How should I store Reyataz?

    Store at room temperature.

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