Norvir / Ritonavir: Overview

Modified on 2009/10/14 21:49 by admin
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Norvir, also known as Ritonavir, in 1996 for the treatment of HIV-infection. Belonging to a class of AIDS drugs known as protease inhibitors, the medication slows the spread of HIV infection in the body by hindering the disease's replication process. Norvir, however, is not a cure for AIDS or HIV infection. Available in capsule and liquid form, Norvir is made by Abbott Laboratories.

Side effects of Norvir use include, but may not be limited to, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, fatigue, tingling, liver inflammation, elevation of lipid levels and taste disturbance.

A black box warning on the packaging label indicates that Norvir is contraindicated with certain antihistamines, antiarrhythmics and sedative hypnotics. Coadministration with Norvir may interfere with the hepatic metabolism of these medications, which may result in serious and/or life-threatening side effects, including cardiac arrhythmias, respiratory depression or prolonged sedation.

See your doctor if you have experienced an adverse reaction after being administered Norvir. In addition, it may be important to contact an attorney who can help you protect your legal rights. Please keep in mind that there may be time limits within which you must commence suit.

See Also

  1. HIV & AIDS Drugs: Overview
  2. Arrhythmia: Overview
  3. Balance Problems: Overview
  4. Diarrhea: Overview
  5. Fatigue: Overview
  6. Liver Problems
  7. Lung & Airway Disorders
  8. Nausea: Overview
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