atazanavir (oral) (cont.)
What happens if I miss a dose (Reyataz)?
Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. Skip the missed dose if your next dose is less than 6 hours away. Do not take extra medicine to make up the missed dose.
What happens if I overdose (Reyataz)?
Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222. Overdose may cause jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes).
What should I avoid while taking atazanavir (Reyataz)?
If you also take didanosine (Videx), take it 1 hour before or 2 hours after you take atazanavir. Avoid using antacids within 1 hour before or 2 hours after you take atazanavir.
Taking this medication will not prevent you from passing HIV to other people. Avoid having unprotected sex or sharing razors or toothbrushes. Talk with your doctor about safe ways to prevent HIV transmission during sex. Sharing drug or medicine needles is never safe, even for a healthy person.
What other drugs will affect atazanavir (Reyataz)?
Atazanavir should not be taken together with ritonavir (Norvir) if you are also using a steroid medicine called fluticasone (Advair, Flonase, Flovent). Ask your doctor about taking a different HIV medication, or using another treatment for your allergic condition.
Many drugs can interact with atazanavir. Below is just a partial list. Tell your doctor if you are using:
- salmeterol (Advair, Serevent);
- buprenorphine (Buprenex, Subutex, Suboxone);
- an antibiotic such as clarithromycin (Biaxin) or rifabutin (Mycobutin);
- an antifungal such as itraconazole (Sporanox), ketoconazole (Nizoral), or voriconazole (Vfend);
- an antidepressant such as amitriptyline (Elavil, Vanatrip, Limbitrol), desipramine (Norpramin), doxepin (Sinequan), imipramine (Tofranil), protriptyline (Vivactil), trazodone (Desyrel, Oleptro), and others;
- a blood thinner such as warfarin (Coumadin, Jantoven);
- heart rhythm or blood pressure medication such as amiodarone (Cordarone, Pacerone), diltiazem (Cartia, Cardizem), nifedipine (Nifedical, Procardia), quinidine (Quin-G), verapamil (Calan, Covera, Isoptin, Verelan), and others;
- cholesterol-lowering medicine such as atorvastatin (Lipitor), rosuvastatin (Crestor), and others;
- drugs that weaken the immune system, such as cyclosporine (Gengraf, Neoral, Sandimmune), sirolimus (Rapamune), or tacrolimus (Prograf);
- insulin or oral diabetes medication;
- medicines to treat erectile dysfunction, such as sildenafil (Viagra), tadalafil (Cialis, Adcirca), or vardenafil (Levitra);
- other HIV/AIDS medicine such as efavirenz (Sustiva), saquinavir (Invirase), or tenofovir (Viread); or
- stomach acid reducers such as cimetidine (Tagamet), esomeprazole (Nexium), famotidine (Pepcid), lansoprazole (Prevacid), omeprazole (Prilosec), ranitidine (Zantac), and others.
Where can I get more information?
Your pharmacist can provide more information about atazanavir.
Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.
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