Aptivus Tipranavir and/or alternatives
Aptivus 250mgManufacturer: Boehringer Ingelheim Ltd Source Country : United Kingdom
Shipped from : United Kingdom
Aptivus 100mg/mLManufacturer: Boehringer Ingelheim Ltd Source Country : United Kingdom
Shipped from : United Kingdom
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Description of Aptivus
Aptivus belongs to the class of antiviral medicines and is prescribed along with ritonavir as a medication for HIV patients. It should be kept in mind before patients buy Aptivus that it merely acts as a preventive medicine and not as a cure for AIDS or HIV. The active ingredient in the drug is tipranavir, a protease inhibitor which stalls the growth of HIV viruses by inhibiting their spread. The generic name of Aptivus is Tipranavir.
Aptivus is available in two forms- Aptivus 250mg capsules and Aptivus 95ml oral solution. Each 250mg capsule contains the following ingredients: 250mg tipranavir, propylene glycol, dehydrated alcohol, polyoxyl castor oil, gelatin, and glicerides of capric acid. The oral solution, besides containing different inactive components, has 100mg tipranavir per ml of Aptivus solution.
Indications & Dosage of Aptivus
Aptivus is indicated along with another protease inhibitor (usually ritonavir) for the treatment of individuals affected by HIV who have become resistant to other medications.
Aptivus (and ritonavir) therapy presents some serious health concerns. It is absolutely essential to strictly administer these drugs as instructed by a medical expert. The dosage depends on the age, weight, current medications, medical conditions and tolerance to Aptivus. Even though this drug can be administered to children aged 2 years and above, the dosage and treatment in young patients need to be closely regulated. The usual recommended dosage for adults is 500mg Aptivus along with 200mg Ritonavir taken twice daily.
If patients are taking Ritonavir in the form of tablets, both the drugs need to be taken with food. Usually, a pair of anti-HIV medications is also prescribed along with Aptivus. The doctor should explain and discuss all the details regarding the dosage of Aptivus and the other combined drugs.
Side Effects & Interactions of Aptivus
Side effects of Aptivus (and ritonavir) can be anything between mild and extremely serious. The list below shows some of the less serious effects of this drug:
Stomach problems like diarrhea and abdominal pain
- Mild nausea, dizziness, headache and vomiting
- Changes in fat deposition and distribution
The following list includes some of the major side effects that call for immediate medical attention:
- Nasal bleeding, blood in the stools or vomit
- Fever, cough, sore throat, flu symptoms
- Severe headache, extreme nausea, seizures and confusion ’
- Jaundice, discolored stools, appetite loss
- Excessive urination, dark urine, extreme thirst
- Skin problems like bleeding, peeling, rashes etc.
Most of the major side effects of Aptivus are implicative of serious health disorders. A doctor’s guidance should be sought right away if any of these or other serious effects are experienced.
There are some drugs which, when co-administered with Aptivus, lead to serious health problems. Some of the drugs that should never be used during Aptivus therapy are: cisapride, benzodiazepines, eletriptan, drugs affecting cholesterol levels, heart medicines, rifampin, pimozide and ronalazine.
Aptivus patients must inform the doctor regarding all the current drugs being used by them. There is a substantial list of medications that potentially interact with Aptivus, so the adjustment or monitoring of doses is essential if Aptivus is co-administered with these drugs.
Warnings & Precautions of Aptivus
Aptivus (and ritonavir) may cause brain hemorrhage, fatal liver disorder, hyperglycemia and other health disorders.
Pregnant or lactating women should discuss the safety of the drug use before they buy Aptivus.
Aptivus does NOT cure HIV or AIDS. Patients must practice safe sex and avoid contamination through needles, razors etc.