Where is Atazanavir used?
Atazanavir is used to help control HIV infections in infants and children. This medicine is known as protease inhibitors that help reduce the amount of HIV in the body to help your child’s immune system work well. Atazanavir lowers the chance of getting HIV complications and improves your child’s quality of life. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has already approved this medication.
How does Atazanavir work?
There is no cure for HIV but Atazanavir is one of the medications that lower the amount of virus in the body. This helps the immune system to recover and slow down or stop the progression of the disease from HIV to AIDS. Atazanavir is usually used in combination with other certain HIV medications. It is to slow the breakdown of Atazanavir by the liver which makes it stay in the body for longer. This boosts its level in the blood and effects against the virus.
A combination of several anti-HIV medications is necessary to fight HIV. It is because the virus turns out to be resistant to one agent very fast. This is known as combined antiretroviral therapy (cART) or highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART). Atazanavir is heightened with other anti-HIV medications that attack HIV in various means. This reduces the capacity of the virus to reproduce and increase. This also helps stop it from becoming resistant to treatment.
How is Atazanavir taken?
- Atazanavir is to be taken as directed by your doctor.
- Give this medication to your child usually once a day.
- If your child cannot eat solid food, this medication may be mixed with a liquid such as milk or water.
- If your child is younger than 6 months and cannot eat solid food, give it to your child using an oral syringe.
- Give the dose within an hour after mixing with food or liquid.
- For the best effect, take this at evenly spaced times.
- The recommended starting dose of this medication depends on medical condition and response to the treatment.
- Each dose must be taken in the right dose, not more or less.
What are the precautions in taking Atazanavir?
- Before using Atazanavir, let your doctor know if you ever had an allergic reaction to it. This product may have an inactive ingredient that causes an allergic reaction.
- Atazanavir may increase the level of cholesterol and fats in the blood. HIV infection can also cause this effect. This could increase your child’s risk for heart problems. Inform your doctor if your child has heart problems or other conditions that increase the risk of heart disease.
- Inform your doctor if you are taking any other medications including herbal or food supplements and vitamins.
- This form of Atazanavir is not usually recommended for use in adults. This should not be used during pregnancy or breastfeeding.
- People taking this medicine may gain weight and may also experience increases in the levels of sugar in their blood.
- This is not recommended for use in people having hemodialysis for kidney failure.
- Under six years of age, this is not to be given because its safety and effectiveness have not been studied yet.