What is Indinavir 400mg (Crixivan Generic)?
Virodin® Tablet Indinavir is used alone or in combination with other anti-HIV medicines to treat infection caused by the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). HIV is the virus that causes acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS).
Indinavir will not cure or prevent HIV infection or AIDS. It helps keep HIV from reproducing and appears to slow down the destruction of the immune system. This may help delay problems that are usually related to AIDS or HIV disease from occurring. Indinavir will not keep you from spreading HIV to other people. People who receive this medicine may continue to have other problems usually related to AIDS or HIV disease.
Indinavir tablets belong to a group of medications called protease inhibitors. Protease inhibitors can lower the amount of HIV viruses within the human body. But Indinavir cannot eradicate the infection from the body. Therefore, as usual, special precautions are needed to prevent transmission to others. As an antiretroviral medication, Indinavir helps lower the risk of developing acquired immune deficiency syndrome, which is a complication of HIV infection.
HIV is mainly transmitted through unprotected sexual activities with infected individuals. HIV cannot be cured, but the condition can be managed with proper antiretroviral usage. A health professional will decide the dose and the frequency depending on your condition. Never try self-administration because it is necessary to confirm the presence of HIV within the body. You will undergo several diagnostic investigations to confirm the HIV infection prior to prescribing Indinavir.
Indinavir can be used together with other antiretroviral medications after accidental exposure to an HIV-infected person. So it is necessary to seek medical advice if you suspect that you have been exposed to body fluids or blood of an infected person.
How to use Indinavir 400mg (Crixivan Generic)?
Indinavir oral dosage forms can be taken orally with a glass of water. Normally the physician may prescribe the medication to take 8hourly. Try your maximum to consume the tablet at the same time each day. It helps in maintaining a constant plasma concentration level.
Please resolve those issues with the physician and the pharmacist if you have any issues. Never store questions in your mind. Try to take the drug regime as prescribed and never skip the doses. If you skip one dose, take it immediately when you remember but never double the dose.
It is suggested to use Indinavir on an empty stomach. To facilitate maximum absorption, consume Indinavir one hour before a meal or two hours after a meal. You can swallow the tablet with coffee, juice, nonfat milk, or tea if you prefer. The researchers have proven when Indinavir is taken on an empty stomach. It can upset your stomach. So you can have a light meal before the administration.
Do not chew the Indinavir tablets or crush them. Take them as a whole and allow them to disintegrate within the gut. Never stop the drug regime without a doctor’s advice.
Side effects of Indinavir 400mg Tablets
There may be a few side effects, but they can be managed. If you feel these side effects are getting worse, meet your physician. Side effects might be changes in taste, pain around the back, tiredness, nausea, reduced appetite, flu-like symptoms, dizziness, confusion, and headache.
There are instances where you will experience severe side effects. Take immediate medical help if you experience any of the following side effects rash, allergic reactions, tachycardia, blisters on the skin, yellowing of the skin, bloodstained urine, bleeding, or unexpected bruising.
- Tell your allergy history to the physician. So the physician will check whether you are allergic to Indinavir and other excipients within the tablets.
- Tell the physician if you consume any medication for any other disease. So the physician may take necessary steps to exclude drug interactions.
- Do not consume herbal products and over-the-counter medications without the advice.
- If you ever had any liver disease, kidney disorder, or bleeding disorder. Tell the details to the physician.
- Take with the physician if you become pregnant or wish to become pregnant in the future. Do not breastfeed if you consume Indinavir tablets.
- Indinavir may alter the blood glucose level. Make sure to measure the blood glucose level regularly.