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What Are The Pros And Cons Of Ritonavir

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Ritonavir (Norvir)

... What Is Ritonavir? Who Should Take It? What About Drug Resistance? How Is It Taken? What Are the Side Effects? How Does It React With Other Drugs? What Is Ritonavir? Ritonavir is a drug used as part of antiretroviral therapy (ART).
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please help me!

Thanks for taking the time to answer my question. I am about to start meds and find myself struggling to choose the right combo. My blood work from a week ago is; cd4 - 292, viral load is 572 and 33%. I sometimes have crazy dreams and are very...
Joseph McGowan, M.D., F.A.C.P.

Response from Joseph McGowan, M.D., F.A.C.P.

North Shore University Hospital
...because of "crazy dreams" which might get worse on this med.The other options are truvada (tenofovir + emtricitabine) + either 2) ritonavir + darunavir (Prezista), or 3) ritonavir + atazanavir (Reyataz) or 4) raltegravir (Isentress). The first 2... Read more »

Kaletra dose (follow up info)

Originally I was on the old formula of Kaletra which was 800mg/BID (4, 200mg gel-caps) twice daily. Then when the new formula came available we switched to that, but Dr. didn't change my dose, so while I am on the newer formula I am currently still...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
...levels of lopinavir on standard doses you might consider discussing with your HIV specialist the pros and cons of switching to ritonavir/darunavir (Prezista) and/or adding raltegravir or etravirine. KH Read more »

Volunteering for phase 3 Gilead GS-9350 study

What are the pros and cons of taking part in this study: Gilead Sciences phase 3 randomized double blind Elvitegravir emtricitabine tenofovir disoproxil fumarate gs-9350 versus Ritonavir-Boosted Atazanavir Plus Emtricitabine/Tenofovir Disoproxil...
Joseph McGowan, M.D., F.A.C.P.

Response from Joseph McGowan, M.D., F.A.C.P.

North Shore University Hospital
Thanks for your question.For full disclosure, I should tell you that I am an investigator on this study.One thing that is important in a study is that the arms are balanced. Especially in a phase 3 study, whichever arm you get assigned there should... Read more »


I just read the A5142 study which compared efavirenz (EFV, Sustiva, Stocrin) + two nucleoside/nucleotide reverse transcriptase inhibitors (NRTIs), lopinavir/ritonavir (LPV/r, Kaletra) + two NRTIs and efavirenz + lopinavir/ritonavir without any...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...who were taking tenofovir, efavirenz was linked to more lipoatrophy than those patients on tenofovir combined with lopinavir/ritonavir (Kaletra). 2.Stavudine (d4T/Zerit) produces more lipoatrophy of the extremities than zidovudine (AZT/Retrovir),... Read more »

An Overview of Norvir (Ritonavir)

... rit-ON-uh-veer --> Brand Name: Norvir Other Name(s): RTV Drug Class: Protease Inhibitors Ritonavir, also known as Norvir, is a type of medicine called a protease inhibitor (PI). PIs act by blocking protease, a protein that... Read more »

An Overview of Kaletra (Lopinavir/Ritonavir)

...rit-ON-uh-veer Brand Name: Kaletra Other Name(s): Aluvia, LPV/RTV, LPV/r Drug Class: Protease Inhibitors Lopinavir/ritonavir, also known as Kaletra, is a type of medicine called a protease inhibitor (PI). PIs act by blocking... Read more »
AIDS InfoNet

Lopinavir + Ritonavir (Kaletra) a protease inhibitor. The amount of lopinavir in the blood stream stays much higher if it is taken with a small amount of ritonavir, another protease inhibitor. See Fact Sheet 442 for more information on ritonavir. Kaletra® is a... Read more »
AIDS InfoNet

Fosamprenavir (Telzir, Lexiva)

...The tablets are 700 mg, so you will take 2 tablets at a time. Fosamprenavir can also be taken in various combinations with ritonavir to boost blood levels. The exact dosing depends on whether you have already used any antiviral treatment, or any... Read more »
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started meds and hate it.

Posted by frank74, 9 Replies
I started meds because my vl was too high 100,000 and cd4 dropped to below 500. I don't have any physical issues with meds but I is more emotional. It's a twice daily reminder of it(HIV) that before I could forget about it for a while. Read more »


Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply lleg a 11 millones de copias por ml de sangre. Por consiguiente, se le prepar una ingesta con dos inhibidores de proteasa, ritonavir y saquinavir, d4T, ddI e hidroxiurea. Como bien pueden imaginarse, cualquier persona que utilice estos... Read more »

Como lidiar con mis padres sin que sea tragico?

Posted by pozargie, 5 Replies
...a mis padres... mi mama sospecha que algo anda mal, supongo que es basicamente por mis cambios de humor y asiduas visitas a profesionales medicos. Mi padre reacciona hasta casi indiferente... pero me preocupa mi madre. No quiero causarles... Read more »


Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
...I'm looking to talk with people who are currently taking ritonavir (Norvir) capsules and will be affected by the imminent change to liquid ritonavir. I'm a reporter working on Read more »