Aptivus Drug Information
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Aptivus must be used with other HIV medications to help control HIV infection. It helps to decrease the amount of HIV in your body so your immune system can work better. This lowers your chance of getting HIV complications (such as new infections, cancer) and improves your quality of life. Tipranavir belongs to a class of drugs known as protease inhibitors. It must be given with ritonavir, another protease inhibitor, to increase ("boost") the levels of tipranavir. This helps tipranavir work better. Tipranavir is not a cure for HIV infection. To decrease your risk of spreading HIV disease to others,(1) continue to take all HIV medications exactly as prescribed by your doctor, (2) always use an effective barrier method (latex or polyurethane condoms/dental dams) during all sexual activity, and (3) do not share personal items (such as needles/syringes, toothbrushes, and razors) that may have contacted blood or other body fluids. Consult your doctor or pharmacist for more details.
Tipranavir must be given with ritonavir to work effectively. When these two drugs are combined, there have been rare (sometimes fatal) cases of severe liver problems. Your doctor will monitor you closely and perform simple blood tests while you use Aptivus, especially if you also have infections that affect the liver (chronic hepatitis B or hepatitis C). Patients being treated with tipranavir and ritonavir may rarely have a serious (sometimes fatal) bleeding problem in the brain (intracranial hemorrhage). This effect may be due to other drugs you are taking or conditions you may have, so do not stop taking tipranavir and ritonavir without consulting your doctor. Seek immediate medical attention if you develop severe stomach/abdominal pain, unusual tiredness, loss of appetite, dark urine, yellowing of skin or eyes, unusual bleeding or bruising, or mental/mood changes.
How to Use Aptivus
Read the Patient Information Leaflet provided by your pharmacist before you start using tipranavir and each time you get a refill. If you have any questions regarding the information, consult your doctor or pharmacist. Take Aptivus by mouth as directed by your doctor, usually twice daily. If you are using the capsule form of Aptivus, swallow whole. Do not crush or chew. If you are using the liquid form of Aptivus, carefully measure the dose using a special measuring device/spoon. Do not use a household spoon because you may not get the correct dose. Tipranavir must be taken at the same times as ritonavir, another protease inhibitor. Check with your doctor or pharmacist if you need to take these medications with food/meals since it may depend on the form of ritonavir that you are using. Dosage of Aptivus is based on your medical condition and response to therapy. For children, Dosage of Aptivus is also based on weight and body size. It is very important to keep taking Aptivus (and other HIV medications) exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Do not skip any doses. For the best effect, take Aptivus at evenly spaced times. To help you remember, take Aptivus at the same times every day. Do not take more or less of Aptivus than prescribed, or stop taking it (or other HIV medicines) even for a short time, unless directed to do so by your doctor. Skipping or changing your dose without approval from your doctor may cause the amount of virus to increase, make the infection more difficult to treat (develop resistance), or worsen side effects.
Before taking tipranavir, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or to sulfa drugs; or if you have any other allergies. Aptivus may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details. Before using Aptivus, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history,diabetes, heart problems (coronary artery disease, heart attack), blood or bleeding disorders (e.g., hemophilia), other conditions causing an increased risk of bleeding (e.g., injury, surgery), high blood fat levels (cholesterol/triglyceride), other viral infections (chronic hepatitis B or hepatitis C), liver disease (including abnormal liver function tests). Aptivus may make you dizzy or drowsy. Alcohol or marijuana (cannabis) can make you more dizzy or drowsy. Do not drive, use machinery, or do anything that needs alertness until you can do it safely. Limit alcoholic beverages. Talk to your doctor if you are using marijuana (cannabis). Aptivus may rarely make your blood sugar rise, which can cause or worsen diabetes. If you already have diabetes, check your blood sugar regularly as directed and share the results with your doctor. Tell your doctor right away if you have symptoms of high blood sugar such as increased thirst/urination. Your doctor may need to adjust your diabetes medication, exercise program, or diet. Aptivus may make you more sensitive to the sun. Limit your time in the sun. Avoid tanning booths and sunlamps. Use sunscreen and wear protective clothing when outdoors. Tell your doctor right away if you get sunburned or have skin blisters/redness. During pregnancy, Aptivus should be used only when clearly needed. Treatment can lower the risk of passing HIV infection to your baby, and tipranavir may be part of that treatment. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor. It is not known if Aptivus passes into breast milk. Because breast milk can transmit HIV, do not breast-feed.
If you miss a dose of Aptivus, take it as soon as you remember. If it is near the time of the next dose, skip the missed dose. Take your next dose at the regular time. Do not double the dose to catch up.
Drug interactions may change how your medications work or increase your risk for serious side effects. This document does not contain all possible drug interactions. Keep a list of all the products you use (including prescription/nonprescription drugs and herbal products) and share it with your doctor and pharmacist. Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any medicines without your doctor's approval.antiplatelet drugs (e.g., clopidogrel), artemether, "blood thinners" (anticoagulants such as warfarin, heparins), NSAIDs (e.g., ibuprofen, naproxen, sulindac, indomethacin), disulfiram, estrogens (e.g., ethinyl estradiol), garlic supplements, vitamin E, lumefantrine, metronidazole, orlistat. Other medications can affect the removal of tipranavir from your body, which may affect how tipranavir works. Examples include apalutamide, macrolide antibiotics (such as erythromycin), rifampin, St. John's wort, drugs used to treat seizures (such as carbamazepine, phenytoin), among others. Tipranavir with ritonavir can both speed up and slow down the removal of other drugs from your body, thereby affecting how they work. Examples of affected drugs include alfuzosin, certain benzodiazepines (e.g., midazolam, triazolam), certain heart rhythm drugs (amiodarone, bepridil, flecainide, propafenone, quinidine), cisapride, colchicine, eletriptan, eplerenone, ergot-containing drugs (e.g., ergotamine), fluticasone, other HIV medications (such as etravirine, other protease inhibitors including fosamprenavir, lopinavir, saquinavir), meperidine, pimozide, ranolazine, salmeterol, certain "statin" cholesterol drugs (such as atorvastatin, lovastatin, simvastatin), drugs to treat erectile dysfunction-ED or pulmonary hypertension (such as sildenafil, vardenafil), among others. Aspirin can increase the risk of bleeding when used with Aptivus. However, if your doctor has directed you to take low-dose aspirin for heart attack or stroke prevention (usually at dosages of 81-325 milligrams a day), you should continue taking it unless your doctor instructs you otherwise. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more details. Aptivus may decrease the effectiveness of hormonal birth control such as pills, patch, or ring. This could cause pregnancy. Talk to your doctor about additional or alternative reliable forms of birth control, and always use an effective barrier method (latex or polyurethane condoms/dental dams) during all sexual activity to decrease the risk of spreading HIV to others. Tell your doctor if you have any new spotting or breakthrough bleeding, because these may be signs that your hormonal birth control is not working well.
Aptivus Side Effects
What are Aptivus side effects?
Side effects are physical, mental or emotional symptoms which occur in addition to or outside of the desired effect of a therapeutic treatment such as an over-the-counter or prescribed drug or medication. Side effects from Aptivus may occur at the beginning or at the end of treatment and may also depend on the length of time an individual remains on the treatment. Side effects, also known as adverse effects, are generally more likely to occur when starting treatment. Individuals may also experience side effects from Aptivus as a result of an interaction with other medications.
Side Effects of Aptivus
The side effects of Aptivus may vary in number and intensity for many different reasons. Factors such as age, weight, gender and ethnicity may influence the side effects of Aptivus. Also, an individual’s state of general physical health and seriousness of the disease or illness as well as an increase or decrease in dosage may lead to side effects. Further, side effects from Aptivus may also occur as a result of an interaction with certain herbal supplements, foods or drinks.
Prescription drug side effects can be serious and may cause patients to stop the treatment. However, when side effects from the use of a prescription drug, such as Aptivus, do occur a patient should consult their physician. A physician may prescribe an additional treatment in order to control the symptoms or an adjustment in the dosage may be made. In addition, changes to diet, exercise or other lifestyle activities may help to lessen the side effects of Aptivus.
By understanding side effects and the factors which may influence the occurrence of side effects patients are empowered to take an active role in their care. Patients who have specific questions about the side effects of Aptivus, or any other medication, should contact their physician. General information about Aptivus and the side effects associated with Aptivus are described in the following:
Common Aptivus Side Effects
- skin rash
- maculopapular rash
- abdominal pain with cramps
- headache disorder
Less Frequent Aptivus Side Effects
- neutropenic disorder
- skin photosensitivity
- weight loss
Rare or Very Rare Aptivus Side Effects
- abnormal hepatic function tests
- hypersensitivity drug reaction
- diabetes mellitus
- platelet aggregation inhibition
- thrombocytopenic disorder
- peripheral neuropathy
- intracranial bleeding
- acute hepatic failure
- acute pancreatitis
- kidney disease with reduction in GFR
- prolonged QT interval
- lipodystrophy associated with HIV
- abdominal distension
- gastroesophageal reflux disease
- pruritus of skin
- flu-like symptoms
- sleep disorder
- fat hypertrophy
If you are using the capsules, refrigerate the unopened bottles. Once the bottle is opened, the capsules may be stored at room temperature away from light and moisture. If you are using the liquid form, store it at room temperature away from light and moisture. Do not refrigerate or freeze the liquid. For all forms of Aptivus, properly discard any unused medication 60 days after first opening the bottle. To help you remember when to discard unused medication, write the opening date on the bottle. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep all medications away from children and pets. Do not flush medications down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. Properly discard Aptivus when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist or local waste disposal company.
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