Foods You Can Eat When You Take Crixivan

When Crixivan® (indinavir) was first approved by the F.D.A., individuals who took this potent inhibitor of HIV protease were told to take it two hours after -- and one hour before -- eating a meal. This restriction was imposed because foods, especially fatty foods, interfere with the absorption of this drug. The F.D.A. continues to recommend that Crixivan be taken on an empty stomach for maximum absorption, and people who take this drug are strongly encouraged to drink at least six glasses of water during the course of the day, to reduce the slight chance that taking Crixivan will lead to the development of kidney stones.

In an ideal world, it would always be possible to take Crixivan on a completely empty stomach and at precisely the assigned dosing intervals. In the real world, people get hungry at odd hours, and their daily schedules change. To accommodate these realities, the HIV/AIDS Dietetic Practice Group, a division of the American Dietetic Association, has developed a list of low-fat and no-fat snacks that you can take along with your Crixivan dose -- or with any other medication that must be taken on an empty stomach -- if you need to eat at a scheduled dosing time. That list appears below. All of these foods are available in your neighborhood supermarket, and all of them are restricted in their fat, protein, and carbohydrate content.

It is exceedingly important that you limit yourself to the serving size indicated on the chart. If you eat more than the recommended amount of any given snack, you may reduce the effectiveness of the dose of Crixivan you take with that snack. For this reason the A.D.A. encourages you to use standard measuring cups and measuring spoons when you are serving yourself one of the snacks on this list.

FoodServingGrams of
of Protein
of Fat
1. Nabisco™ Newton Cobbler bars3 bars542.40180
2. Fig bars and juice2 fig bars
1 cup juice
3. Cream of Rice with skim milk, raisins, and brown sugar1/2 cup cooked Cream of Rice
1/2 cup skim milk
2 tsp. brown sugar
1 Tbs. raisins
4. Snack Well™ wheat crackers with fat-free cream cheese and juice8 Snack Well™ crackers
2 Tbs. fat-free cream cheese
1/2 cup of soda or juice
5. Pretzels and soda1 cup pretzels
1/2 can soda or juice
6. Jello with canned fruit and Nabisco™ ginger snaps1 cup jello
1/2 cup canned fruit
3 Nabisco™ ginger snaps
7. Applesauce and Nabisco™ ginger snaps1 cup applesauce
2 Nabisco™ ginger snaps
8. Bagel and juice1/2 bagel (no seeds or nuts)
1 cup juice
9. Spaghettios in tomato sauce and soda1 cup Spaghettios
1/2 can soda or juice
10. Corn tortilla with steamed rice and salsa1 corn tortilla
1/2 cup rice (prepared without butter or oil)
3 Tbs. salsa
11. Citrosource™ or Resource™ Fruit Beverage supplement1/2 box = 1/2 cup184.4090
12. Rice cakes with jam and juice2 rice cakes
2 Tbs. jam
1 cup juice
13. Tomato soup, oyster crackers, tea with milk and sugar1 cup tomato soup (prepared with water)
6 oyster crackers
1 cup tea
2 Tbs. skim milk
1 tsp. sugar
14. Powerbar™ with Gatorade™1/2 bar
8 oz. Gatorade™
15. Cereal with skim milk and banana1/2 cup dry cereal*
1/2 cup skim milk
1/2 medium banana
31-454-51 to 2150-180
16. Spaghetti (prepared without butter or oil) with tomato sauce and juice1/2 cup cooked spaghetti
1/2 cup tomato sauce
1 cup juice
17. Toast (no added butter or margarine) with jam and tea or coffee with skim milk and sugar1 slice bread
2 Tbs. jam
8 oz. tea or coffee
1 tsp. sugar
2 Tbs. skim milk
18. Plain popcorn (low-fat or fat-free, no butter or oil added, air popped or microwavable) and soda3 cups popped corn
1 can of soda or juice
19. English muffin with jam (no butter or margarine) and regular or herb tea with sugar1 English muffin
1 Tbs. jam
1 cup herb or regular tea
2 tsp. sugar
20. Rice (prepared without oil, butter or margarine) with vegetables and soy sauce1/2 cup prepared rice
1/2 cup steamed vegetables
1 Tbs. soy sauce
21. Fruit (not coconut or avocado)1 cup or 1 medium20 to 5000 to 0.573
22. Angelfood cake with canned fruit or berries and coffee1 medium slice angelfood cake
1/2 cup berries or canned fruit
8 oz. coffee
2 Tbs. skim milk
1 tsp. sugar
23. Miso soup with a rice ball8 oz. soup
1 plain rice ball
(about 1/4 cup cooked rice)
24. Noodles (prepared without oil, butter, or margarine) and steamed vegetables1/2 cup cooked noodles
1/4 to 1/2 cup steamed vegetables
25. Low fat or fat free vegetable soup and bread (without butter or margarine)1 cup soup**
1 slice bread (no added nuts or seeds)
26. Quaker™ Low-fat Chewy Granola Bar1 bar2222110
27. Dried fruit (without coconut or nuts, seeds, or banana chips)1/2 cup dried fruit5220220
28. Snack Well™ Cereal Bar1 bar2910120
29. Fruit roll-up1 roll-up120150
30. Dry toast (no butter or margarine) with jelly, apple juice, and coffee with skim milk and sugar1 slice bread
1 Tbs. jelly
1 cup apple juice
1 cup coffee
2 Tbs. skim milk
1 tsp. sugar
31. Jello™ Snack Cup1 snack cup235.10.489
32. Fat free pudding cup1 pudding cup2130.490
33. Popsicle (juice based, not ice cream based)1 each (2 fl. oz.)110043
34. Corn tortilla with cucumber, tomato, lime juice, and green onion1 corn tortilla
1 medium tomato
1 medium cucumber
1 green onion
3 Tbs. lime juice
35. Matzoh and salsa1 Matzoh board
1/4 cup salsa
36. Baked potato and salsa1 medium baked potato (no skin)363.50.3162
37. Jicama, raw1 cup1010.246
38. Pita bread (white, not wheat)1 whole pita335.41.1165
39. Health Valley™ Fat-Free Breakfast Bar and juice1 bar
8 oz. juice
40. Kellogg's Rice Krispies Treats™ crispy marshmallow squares and juice1 square = 0.78 oz.
8 oz. juice
*Choose a cereal that contains less than 2 grams protein or fat per 1/2 cup serving. Examples include Corn Pops™, Froot Loops™, Golden Grahams™, Chex™, rice puffs, Cornflakes™, Wheaties™, Special K™, Cocoa Puffs™, Cheerios™, Frosted Mini-Wheats™, Raisin Bran™, Total™, Shredded Wheat™. Do not choose a cereal with added nuts, granola, or Cracklin Oat Bran™ Cereal.
**Choose a soup that contains less than 1 gram fat and less than 3 grams protein per 1-cup serving.

This list was developed by Sabina Beesley, M.S., R.D., Project Coördinator of the Chicken Soup Brigade in Seattle, working with Marcy Fenton, M.S., R.D., of AIDS Project in Los Angeles, and Joya Melissa of Project Angel Food in Los Angeles.