Medication information

Apo Atazanavir 200mg capsule

This medication is typically used for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV).

Instructions

This medication is typically used only once a day. However, your doctor or pharmacist may have suggested a different schedule that is more appropriate for you. Important: Follow the instructions on the label. Do not use more of this product, or more often, than prescribed.

It must be used regularly and continuously to maintain its beneficial effects. Be sure to keep an adequate supply on hand. The capsule of this medication should not be opened, crushed or chewed.

If you forget a dose, take it as soon as you remember -- unless it is almost time for your next dose. In that case, skip the missed dose. Do not double the next dose to catch up. This medication is more effective if taken with food. Always take it with a meal or a snack.

To ensure effectiveness, avoid taking an antacid within 2 hours (before or after) of this medication.

Side effects

In addition to its desired action, this medication may cause some side effects, notably:

  • it may cause headaches;
  • it may cause mood changes and, occasionally, may lead to depression;
  • it may cause diarrhea;
  • it may cause spots or redness of the skin;
  • it may cause nausea and vomiting;
  • it may cause a redistribution of body fat (lipodystrophy).

Each person may react differently to a treatment. If you think this medication may be causing side effects (including those described here, or others), talk to your doctor or pharmacist. He or she can help you to determine whether or not the medication is the source of the problem.

Storage

As with most medications, this product should be stored at room temperature. Store it in a secure location where it will not be exposed to excessive heat, moisture or direct sunlight. Keep it out of reach of young children. Make sure that any leftover portion is disposed of safely.

Additional Information

The use of this product is occasionally associated with changes in the distribution of body fat. You may notice a loss of fat in your face, arms, legs or hips, or you may notice an accumulation of fat in your abdomen, chest or neck area. These changes do not occur with everyone, and they are influenced by factors such as age, illness and the use of other antiviral medications. For more information, consult your doctor or pharmacist.

This medication may interact with other medications or supplements, sometimes significantly. Many interactions, however, may be dealt with by a dosage adjustment or a change in medication schedule. Check with your pharmacist before using this medication in combination with any other medications (including non-prescription products), vitamins or natural products.

A treatment with this medication requires regular monitoring by a doctor. Be sure to see your doctor for all regularly scheduled appointments.

General notes

It is important to tell the health professionals you consult:

  • if you have a history of any other medical condition, whether you smoke and for women, if you are or want to become pregnant or breastfeeding;
  • if you have allergies to any medications or any other allergies (e.g. to food, latex, etc.);
  • all medications you are taking, prescription and non-prescription, including vitamins and natural products and supplements.