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What is Darunavir used for?
Darunavir is an anti-retroviral drug indicated for the treatment of HIV infection. This medicine is used in combination with other anti-HIV medications, such as ritonavir, to slow the progression of HIV. Darunavir belongs to a class of medications called protease inhibitors. Darunavir works by preventing HIV cells from multiplying in the blood, thereby reducing the amount of HIV in your body. Darunavir may also be used to treat other conditions as determined by your doctor. This medicine may also be used to treat other conditions as determined by your doctor.
What is the recommended dosage of Darunavir?
The dosage of Darunavir prescribed to each patient will vary. Always follow your physician’s instructions and/or the directions on the prescription drug label.
Darunavir tablet should be taken with food.
Take Darunavir medicine with a full glass of water. Swallow the Darunavir tablet whole. Do not split or chew the tablet.
What if you miss a dose of Darunavir?
If you are taking Darunavir once a day and you have missed the dose, take it as soon as you remember unless it is within 12 hours before the time for your next dose. If you are taking a twice-daily dose of Darunavir and you have missed the dose, take it as soon as you remember unless it is within 6 hours before the time for your next dose. Otherwise, in either dosage, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not double the doses to catch up for the missed dose.
What if you overdose on Darunavir?
Any medication taken in excess can have serious consequences. If you suspect an overdose of Darunavir, seek medical attention immediately.
What other drugs could interact with Darunavir?
It may be noted that drugs other than those listed above may also interact with Darunavir.
Usually drug interactions occur when it is taken with another drug or with food. Before you take a medication for a particular ailment, you should inform the health expert about intake of any other medications including non-prescription medications (over-the-counter products) and dietary supplements like vitamins, minerals and herbal, which may increase the effect of Darunavir, so that the doctor can warn you of any possible drug interactions.
Darunavir can interact with blood thinners, cholesterol-lowering medications, erectile dysfunction medications, antibiotics, antifungal medications, antidepressants, anti-arrhythmic drugs, seizure medications, steroids, certain cancer drugs, heart or blood pressure medicines and certain other HIV/AIDS medicines.
Do let your doctor know if you smoke, consume alcohol or caffeinated drinks, or use illegal drugs as these may interfere with the action of your medication. Make sure to inform your doctor of any medical conditions you may have, or any family history of medical problems. Do not start or stop using any medicine without consulting your doctor.
What are the side effects of Darunavir?
Like other medicines, Darunavir can cause some side effects. If they do occur, the side effects of Darunavir are most likely to be minor and temporary. However, some may be serious and may require the individual to inform the doctor or visit the nearest hospital immediately.
It is pertinent to note that side effects of Darunavir cannot be anticipated. If any side effects of Darunavir develop or change in intensity, the doctor should be informed as soon as possible.
Darunavir can cause side effects such as nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, mild stomach pain, heartburn and headache. Some of the serious side effects of Darunavir may include skin rash, high blood sugar, severe tiredness, trouble breathing and dark urine. This is not a complete list of all side effects. Do concur with your doctor and follow his directions completely when you are taking Darunavir.
What are the questions to ask your doctor before taking Darunavir?
Is it possible for me to take Darunavir with other drugs?
Should certain beverages, foods and other products be avoided when I take Darunavir?
What are the possible drug interactions of Darunavir?
How will Darunavir work in my body?
How should Darunavir be taken?
How to reduce the risk of Darunavir drug interactions and side effects?
The health and medical information provided here is intended to supplement and not substitute for the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacists or other health care professional. It should not be understood to indicate that the use of Darunavir is safe, appropriate or effective for you. Always consult your health care professional before using this, or any other, drug.
Darunavir helps control HIV infection but does not cure. Darunavir does not prevent passing HIV to others.
Store Darunavir tablets at room temperature away from moisture and heat.