Compare Prezista vs. Aptivus

Head-to-head comparisons of medication uses, side effects, ratings, and more.

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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.

Treats HIV infection.

Aptivus (tipranavir) is not the first-choice treatment for HIV because it can cause more side effects and drug interactions than similar alternatives.

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.
  • Aptivus (tipranavir) comes in liquid form if you have trouble swallowing pills.
  • Children as young as 2 years old can use Aptivus (tipranavir) safely and effectively.
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.
  • Aptivus (tipranavir) can cause high cholesterol and high blood sugars.
  • Aptivus (tipranavir) isn't a good option if you have a sulfa allergy.
  • Use barrier contraceptives, like condoms, when taking Aptivus (tipranavir) because it can make birth control pills less effective.
  • Aptivus (tipranavir) should always be taken with Norvir (ritonavir) to be effective.
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Dosage forms
  • Pill
  • Liquid
  • Pill
  • Liquid
Price
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Side effects
12possible side effects
  • Diarrhea
    14%
  • Headache
    7%
  • Nausea
    7%
  • Rash
    7%
  • Abdominal pain
    6%
  • Vomiting
    5%
  • Physical weakness
    3%
  • Loss of appetite
    2%
  • Abdominal swelling
    2%
  • Indigestion
    2%
  • Fatigue
    2%
  • Diabetes
    2%
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20possible side effects
  • Diarrhea
    15%
  • Nausea
    9%
  • Fever
    8%
  • Vomiting
    6%
  • Fatigue
    6%
  • Headache
    5%
  • Abdominal pain
    4%
  • High triglycerides
    4%
  • Low red blood cells
    3%
  • Decreased weight
    3%
  • High cholesterol
    3%
  • Rash
    3%
  • Low white blood cells
    2%
  • Upper abdominal pain
    2%
  • Elevated liver function tests
    2%
  • Dehydration
    2%
  • Muscle pain
    2%
  • Nerve damage
    2%
  • Insomnia
    2%
  • Shortness of breath
    2%
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Risks and risk factors
  • Liver damage
    • History of liver damage
    • Alcohol intake
  • Severe skin reactions
  • Sulfonamide allergy
  • Fat redistribution
    • HIV treatment
  • Immune recovery syndrome
    • HIV
    • Exposure to other infections
    • Start of a new HIV medication
    • Change in HIV therapy
  • Diabetes
    • Use of protease inhibitors
    • Diabetes
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  • Bleeding in the brain
  • Immune reconstitution syndrome
    • HIV
    • Exposure to other infections
    • Start of a new HIV medication
    • Change in HIV therapy
  • Liver damage
    • History of liver damage
    • Hepatitis B or C
  • Rash
  • Sulfa allergy
  • Fat redistribution
    • HIV treatment
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