Compare Prezista vs. Invirase

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Prezista (darunavir)

Invirase (saquinavir)

Prescription only
Treats HIV infection.

Prezista (darunavir) is one of the first-choices for treatment of HIV because it has fewer side-effects compared to other medicines that work like it.

Works with other medicines to treat HIV infection.

Invirase (saquinavir) is not a first choice medicine for HIV because other medicines similar to Invirase (saquinavir) work better with fewer side effects and with less pills to take every day.

Upsides
  • Prezista (darunavir) is a good choice for those newly diagnosed HIV.
  • May be used in combination with other HIV medicines if you have been accidentally exposed to HIV by a needle-stick.
  • Available as a liquid solution and can be used for children as young as 3 years old.
  • If you have trouble swallowing capsules, they can be opened and mixed with syrup or jam.
  • People ages 16 and older can use this medicine.
Downsides
  • Need to take together with a booster like Norvir.
  • Doesn't work as well for those with longstanding HIV.
  • Can affect your cholestorol and blood sugar levels.
  • Have to take at least 4 pills to reach your daily dose, along with all the other medications you are taking for HIV treatment.
  • Invirase (saquinavir) interacts with many other medications. This interaction can be harmful.
  • Can raise your blood sugar and cholesterol levels.
  • If you have a history of heart problems, Invirase (saquinavir) can put you at risk for developing unusual heart rhythms.
  • Only use ritonavir to boost Invirase (saquinavir), not Tybost (cobicistat).
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Dosage forms
  • Pill
  • Liquid
  • Pill
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Side effects
7possible side effects
  • Diarrhea
    14%
  • Headache
    7%
  • Nausea
    7%
  • Rash
    7%
  • Abdominal pain
    6%
  • Vomiting
    5%
  • Physical weakness
    3%
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10possible side effects
  • Nausea
    11%
  • Diarrhea
    8%
  • Vomiting
    7%
  • Abdominal pain
    6%
  • Fatigue
    6%
  • Changes in fat distribution
    5%
  • Pneumonia
    5%
  • Diabetes or increased blood sugar
    3%
  • Fever
    3%
  • Bronchitis
    3%
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Risks and warnings
  • Liver damage

    History of liver damage

    ...and 1 more risk factors

  • Fat redistribution

    HIV treatment

  • Immune recovery syndrome

    HIV

    ...and 3 more risk factors

  • Diabetes

    Use of protease inhibitors

    ...and 1 more risk factors

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  • Heart rhythm problems

    Use with other QT or PR prolonging drugs

    ...and 2 more risk factors

  • Liver damage

    History of liver damage

    ...and 2 more risk factors

  • New or worsening diabetes

    Use of protease inhibitors

    ...and 1 more risk factors

  • Immune reconstitution syndrome

    HIV

    ...and 3 more risk factors

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