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WHAT IS LOPINAVIR/RITONAVIR ?
Lopinavir belongs to the class of medications called as antiretroviral agents. It works by inhibiting HIV viral protease enzyme and inhibiting viral replication (multiplication) thereby preventing the infection. Ritonavir belongs to a class of medication called protease inhibitors. It prevents HIV from multiplying inside the body.
Lopinavir is used to treat human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection. It is always used in combination with other drugs used for treatment of HIV. Ritonavir is used along with other medication for treating human immunodeficiency virus (HIV 1) infection.
POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS:
Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
severe pain in your upper stomach spreading to your back, nausea and vomiting;
itching, loss of appetite, dark urine, clay-colored stools, jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes);
penis erection that is painful or lasts 4 hours or longer (if you take Kaletra with erectile dysfunction medication);
muscle weakness, tired feeling, joint or muscle pain, feeling short of breath; or
signs of a new infection--fever, night sweats, swollen glands, mouth sores, diarrhea, stomach pain, weight loss;
chest pain (especially when you breathe), dry cough, wheezing, feeling short of breath;
cold sores, sores on your genital or anal area;
rapid heart rate, feeling anxious or irritable, weakness or prickly feeling, problems with balance or eye movement;
trouble speaking or swallowing, severe lower back pain, loss of bladder or bowel control; or
swelling in your neck or throat (enlarged thyroid), menstrual changes, impotence, loss of interest in sex.
Common side effects may include:
nausea, vomiting, diarrhea; high cholesterol; or changes in the shape or location of body fat (especially in your arms, legs, face, neck, breasts, and waist).
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.
Tablet: Store at 20°C to 25°C (68°F to 77°F). Exposure to high humidity outside of the original container for >2 weeks is not recommended.