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What is Lopinavir–Ritonavir used for?

Lopinavir–Ritonavir is an antiviral medication used to treat HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) infection. This combination medicine contains Lopinavir and Ritonavir, which belong to a class of drugs known as HIV protease inhibitors. It prevents the multiplication of HIV cells in your body. This medicine may also be used to treat other conditions as determined by your doctor.

What is the recommended dosage of Lopinavir–Ritonavir?

The dosage of Lopinavir–Ritonavir prescribed to each patient will vary. Always follow your physician’s instructions and/or the directions on the prescription drug label.

Lopinavir–Ritonavir can be taken with or without food.

What if you miss a dose of Lopinavir–Ritonavir?

If your physician has instructed or directed you to take Lopinavir–Ritonavir medication in a regular schedule and you have missed a dose of this medicine, take it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, then skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not double the doses unless otherwise directed.

What if you overdose on Lopinavir–Ritonavir?

Any medication taken in excess can have serious consequences. If you suspect an overdose of Lopinavir–Ritonavir, seek medical attention immediately.

What other drugs could interact with Lopinavir–Ritonavir?

It may be noted that drugs other than those listed above may also interact with Lopinavir–Ritonavir.

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 medicines that may increase the effect of Lopinavir–Ritonavir, and dietary supplements like vitamins, minerals and herbal, so that the doctor can warn you of any possible drug interactions.

Lopinavir–Ritonavir can interact with antidepressants, blood thinners, and heart rhythm medications.

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 Lopinavir–Ritonavir?

Like other medicines, Lopinavir–Ritonavir can cause some side effects. If they do occur, the side effects of Lopinavir–Ritonavir 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 Lopinavir–Ritonavir cannot be anticipated. If any side effects of Lopinavir–Ritonavir develop or change in intensity, the doctor should be informed as soon as possible.

Lopinavir–Ritonavir can cause side effects such as headache, gas, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, weakness, and trouble sleeping. This is not a complete list of all side effects. Do concur with your doctor and follow his directions completely when you are taking Lopinavir–Ritonavir.

What are the questions to ask your doctor before taking Lopinavir–Ritonavir?

Is it possible for me to take Lopinavir–Ritonavir with other drugs?
Should certain beverages, foods and other products be avoided when I take Lopinavir–Ritonavir?
What are the possible drug interactions of Lopinavir–Ritonavir?
How will Lopinavir–Ritonavir work in my body?
How should Lopinavir–Ritonavir be taken?
How to reduce the risk of Lopinavir–Ritonavir drug interactions and side effects?

Note

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 Lopinavir–Ritonavir is safe, appropriate or effective for you. Always consult your health care professional before using this, or any other, drug.

 

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