Atazanavir is used with other medicines to control HIV.
Take atazanavir as directed with food and a glass of water. It is very important to take it regularly. If you often forget to take atazanavir, it may not work as well.
You must take atazanavir and ritonavir together at the same time.
If it is nearly time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and take your next dose at the usual time. Otherwise, take the missed dose as soon as you remember. Do not take two doses at the same time.
Atazanavir with ritonavir can react with many medicines, sometimes with severe results.
Tell your pharmacist or doctor about all medicines or treatments that you may be taking including vitamins, herbal products, or recreational drugs.
|Side Effects||Recommended action|
Symptoms of allergy including: skin rash, itching, swelling, trouble breathing
Symptoms of liver problems including: yellow skin or eyes, itching, dark urine, pale bowel motions, abdominal pain
Severe stomach pain, nausea
Chest pain, fainting
|Tell your doctor immediately|
Lower back pain, pink/red/brown pee (may be a kidney stone)
Peeing more often, feeling thirsty
|Tell your doctor|
Muscle aches and pains
|Tell your doctor if troublesome|
|This can occur in the first few weeks. Rarely, this may be serious. Ring your clinic to check|
If you notice any other effects, discuss them with your doctor or pharmacist.
This leaflet contains important, but not all, information about this medicine.
Prepared by the PILs Committee at Christchurch Hospital, Canterbury District Health Board, New Zealand. September 2019
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