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What is Aptivus (Tipranavir)?
One of the most used antiretroviral medicine is Aptivus. It is not recommended to be used alone, which means that it must be taken with other ARV drugs, such as ritonavir. This medication is mostly given to adults to treat treating HIV infection but is also suitable for children at least 2 years old. The drug is also known by its generic name, tipranavir.
How does Aptivus work?
The medicine Aptivus is a non-peptide drug categorized as a protease inhibitor. Protease inhibitors act as walls that block the virus from replicating in the entire body. It obliterates the function of Gag and Gag-Pol polyproteins, types of enzymes that HIV utilizes to replicate itself. This gives the immune system the chance and assistance it needs to fight off infections. Aside from that function, it prevents AIDS or acquired immunodeficiency syndrome from developing
In the same manner with other ARV drugs, Aptivus dosage is prescribed based on several factors:
Underlying medical conditions
Other forms of medications being consumed
Body’s response to drug treatment
500 mg plus 200 mg of ritonavir (twice daily)
14 mg per kg – for children at least two years old
Plus 6 mg per kg of ritonavir
Taken twice daily
How to take it?
Take this medication according to the prescription detailed out by the healthcare professional. Aptivus can be taken with or without food, and it must be taken is twice daily. Aside from that instruction, taking it with ritonavir is a prerequisite. A leaflet is contained with the medication. Aside from following your doctor’s advice, it won’t hurt to open the leaflet and take some notes, which can be helpful in the treatment process. Furthermore, changing doses can be risky, so always consult your doctor if you want to change your dose.
Tipranavir side effects
The side effects of this medication vary. It can be mild, moderate, or severe. The following side effects should go away with time. However, if these become serious, seek medical attention immediately.
Mild Side Effects:
Changes of Body Fat Location
Severe Side Effects:
Severe skin rash
Right-sided upper stomach pain
Joint or muscle pain, fever, tightness in the throat
Swelling in your neck or throat, menstrual changes, impotence
Increased thirst, increased urination, dry mouth
Weight loss, cough, swollen glands, wheezing, diarrhea, fever, night sweats
Trouble speaking or swallowing, problems with balance or eye movement, weakness or prickly feeling
Store this kind of ARV drug in a tightly-sealed container. Keep it away from direct sunlight, extreme temperatures, moisture, and pets and children. Consuming it within 60 days after the initial dose must be observed strictly. If the medication has expired, dispose of it at once.