Inviraseand/or alternativesChemical Ingredient: Saquinavir Mesylate
What is a generic medication?
Generic medications are significantly discounted copies of brand name medication that have the same active ingredients, intended use, dosage, side effects, effects, and route of administration as the original brand name medication. In other words, generic medications have the same pharmacological effects as their brand-name counterparts. Over half of all prescribed medications are for generic medications.
No generic is available for Invirase 200mg.
- Manufactured by Roche Products Ltd
- Product of United Kingdom • Shipped from United Kingdom
- Prescription Required
No generic is available for Invirase 200mg.
Invirase Drug Information
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Invirase Drug Information
Saquinavir, used in combination with ritonavir and other HIV medications, is used 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. Saquinavir 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 saquinavir. This helps saquinavir work better. Saquinavir 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.
How to Use Invirase
Read the Medication Guide provided by your pharmacist before you start taking Invirase and each time you get a refill. If you have any questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist. Take your dose of saquinavir and ritonavir by mouth at the same times, as directed by your doctor, with a meal or up to 2 hours after a meal, usually 2 times daily. To reduce your risk of side effects, your doctor may direct you to start saquinavir at a low dose and gradually increase your dose. Follow your doctor's instructions carefully. The Dosage of Invirase is based on your medical condition, response to treatment, and other medications you may be taking. Be sure to tell your doctor and pharmacist about all the products you use (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and herbal products). For the best effect, take Invirase at evenly spaced times. To help you remember, take Invirase at the same times every day. It is very important to continue taking Invirase (and other HIV medications) exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Do not take more or less of Invirase 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, or worsen side effects.
Before taking saquinavir, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or if you have any other allergies. Invirase may contain inactive ingredients (such as lactose), which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details. Before using Invirase, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history,lipid problems (high cholesterol or triglycerides/fats), diabetes, hemophilia, liver problems. Saquinavir may cause a condition that affects the heart rhythm (QT prolongation). QT prolongation can rarely cause serious (rarely fatal) fast/irregular heartbeat and other symptoms (such as severe dizziness, fainting) that need medical attention right away. The risk of QT prolongation may be increased if you have certain medical conditions or are taking other drugs that may cause QT prolongation. Before using saquinavir,certain heart problems (heart failure, slow heartbeat, QT prolongation in the EKG), family history of certain heart problems (QT prolongation in the EKG, sudden cardiac death). Low levels of potassium or magnesium in the blood may also increase your risk of QT prolongation. This risk may increase if you use certain drugs (such as diuretics/"water pills") or if you have conditions such as severe sweating, diarrhea, or vomiting. Talk to your doctor about using saquinavir safely. Invirase may contain lactose. If you have certain conditions such as galactose intolerance, severe lactase deficiency (not lactose or milk intolerance), or glucose-galactose malabsorption that requires you to limit/avoid lactose, ask your doctor or pharmacist about using Invirase safely. Before having surgery, tell your doctor or dentist about all the products you use (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and herbal products). Older adults may be more sensitive to the side effects of Invirase, especially QT prolongation (see above). During pregnancy, Invirase should be used only when clearly needed. Treatment can lower the risk of passing HIV infection to your baby, and saquinavir may be part of that treatment. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor. It is unknown if Invirase passes into breast milk. Because breast milk can transmit HIV, do not breast-feed.
If you miss a dose of Invirase, 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.orlistat, trazodone, certain benzodiazepines (midazolam, triazolam), ergot alkaloids (such as dihydroergotamine, ergonovine, ergotamine, methylergonovine), garlic supplements, ranolazine, rifamycins (such as rifampin, rifapentine), certain statin cholesterol drugs (simvastatin, lovastatin), St. John's wort. Many drugs besides saquinavir may affect the heart rhythm (QT prolongation), including quinidine, pimozide, propafenone, cisapride, amiodarone, dofetilide, flecainide, salmeterol, clarithromycin, erythromycin, pentamidine, tacrolimus, among others. Other medications can affect the removal of saquinavir from your body, which may affect how saquinavir works. Examples include other HIV protease inhibitors (such as atazanavir, indinavir, nelfinavir, tipranavir), cobicistat, among others. Saquinavir can slow down the removal of other medications from your body, which may affect how they work. Examples of affected drugs include asunaprevir, dapsone, haloperidol, lurasidone, drugs to treat erectile dysfunction-ED or pulmonary hypertension (such as sildenafil, vardenafil, tadalafil), isavuconazonium, naloxegol, rilpivirine, rivaroxaban, suvorexant, among others. Invirase 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.
Invirase Side Effects
What are Invirase 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 Invirase 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 Invirase as a result of an interaction with other medications.
Side Effects of Invirase
The side effects of Invirase may vary in number and intensity for many different reasons. Factors such as age, weight, gender and ethnicity may influence the side effects of Invirase. 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 Invirase 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 Invirase, 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 Invirase.
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 Invirase, or any other medication, should contact their physician. General information about Invirase and the side effects associated with Invirase are described in the following:
Common Invirase Side Effects
- lipodystrophy associated with HIV
- acute abdominal pain
- prolonged PR interval
Less Frequent Invirase Side Effects
- diabetes mellitus
- prolonged QT interval
- aphthous stomatitis
- pruritus of skin
- dry skin
- back pain
- general weakness
- skin rash
Rare or Very Rare Invirase Side Effects
- acute myeloid leukemia
- hemolytic anemia
- thrombocytopenic disorder
- suicidal ideation
- peripheral neuropathy
- gastrointestinal hemorrhage
- kidney stone
- bullous dermatitis
- Stevens-Johnson syndrome
- seizure disorder
- chest pain
- drug-induced psychosis
- abnormal hepatic function tests
- torsades de pointes
- neutropenic disorder
- Graves' disease
- Guillain-Barre syndrome
- portal hypertension
- gastrointestinal obstruction
- atrioventricular block
- acute confusion
- libido changes
- peripheral vasoconstriction
- cutaneous papilloma
- visual changes
- acne vulgaris
- appetite changes
- headache disorder
- symptoms of anxiety
- muscle spasm
Store at room temperature away from light and moisture. 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 Invirase when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist or local waste disposal company.
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