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What does Darunavir treat?
Darunavir is a protease inhibitor and an anti-retroviral drug prescribed to treat HIV infection. This acts by reducing the multiplication of HIV cells in the blood. This is usually prescribed in combination with other anti-HIV medications to delay the progress of HIV. Your physician may use this to treat other ailments based on their discretion.
Follow the Darunavir dosage prescribed by your physician. The dosage could vary based on individual patient requirements. Always follow your physician’s instructions or go by the directions on the prescription drug label. Always take this with food and a full glass of water.
Missed a dose?
Take it immediately once you remember. In case, this time falls close to the next dosage, skip it and get back to the prescribed schedule. Never take a double dose unless your physician specifically directs you to do so.
Don’t waste any time and seek immediate medical attention.
Drug interactions must be considered before starting to take any kind of drug. Drug interactions might happen either when Darunavir is taken along with another drug or with particular foods. To prevent any kind of negative interaction, make sure you inform your doctor of any drugs you are taking including non-prescription medication, OTCs, health supplements like vitamins, minerals, herbal medicine, drinks with caffeine and alcohol, illegal drugs, smoking habits and so on which may increase or interfere with the effect of Darunavir.
It may interact with: Bosentan Carbamazepine Felodipine Sildenafil Citrate This may also interact with blood thinners, cholesterol-lowering medications, antifungal medications, antidepressants, anti-arrhythmic drugs, erectile dysfunction medications, certain cancer drugs, antibiotics, seizure medications, steroids, heart or blood pressure medicines and certain other HIV/AIDS medications. This is not an exhaustive list though.
Appraise your doctor of any medical conditions that you are suffering from and your family history of medical ailments. It’s important that you do not stop or start taking any medicine without the consent of your physician.
Possible Side Effects
Darunavir might have some side effects but it’s not possible to anticipate them. It does not have any major side effects and the minor ones that may occur are temporary. In rare cases, there might be major side effects and immediate medical attention must be sought.
Some of the side effects could be nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, mild stomach pain, heartburn and headache. Serious side effects of Darunavir are rare but could include severe tiredness, skin rash, high blood sugar, breathing problems and dark urine. This is not the complete list though.
In case, there is a change in intensity of side effects or if any new side effects develop, make sure you consult your doctor.
What to ask your doctor before you start on Darunavir
Can I take Darunavir along with other drugs? Are there certain foods, beverages and products to be avoided while on Darunavir? What is the dosage of Darunavir to be consumed? How should I use Darunavir? How will Darunavir work on my body? How can the drug interactions and side effects of Darunavir be minimized or completely avoided?
The health and medical information that we have provided are meant to supplement and not substitute the advice of your physician, pharmacists or other health care professionals. This does not suggest that usage of Darunavir is safe, appropriate or effective for you. Always ensure that you take this or any other drug only after consulting your physician.