Aptivus

(tipranavir)

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Treats HIV infection.

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Our bottom line

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

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Quick facts about Aptivus
  • Drug class: Infection
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: No lower cost generic available

Upsides

  • 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.
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Downsides

  • 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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How it works

Aptivus (tipranavir) is a protease inhibitor. It treats HIV infections by preventing the virus from multiplying.

Quick facts about Aptivus
  • Drug class: Infection
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: No lower cost generic available

Dosage forms

  • Pill
  • Liquid
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What to expect when you take Aptivus (tipranavir) for HIV infection

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  • Possible side effects
  • Diarrhea
  • Nausea
  • Fever
  • Vomiting
  • Fatigue
  • Rash
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Side effect rates for Aptivus (tipranavir)

From 749 clinical trials of Aptivus when taken for hiv infection (aptivus/r (500/200 mg bid))
  • Diarrhea
    15%15%
  • Nausea
    9%9%
  • Fever
    8%8%
  • Vomiting
    6%6%
  • Fatigue
    6%6%
  • Headache
    5%5%
  • Abdominal pain
    4%4%
  • High triglycerides
    4%4%
  • Low red blood cells
    3%3%
  • Decreased weight
    3%3%
  • High cholesterol
    3%3%
  • Rash
    3%3%
  • Low white blood cells
    2%2%
  • Upper abdominal pain
    2%2%
  • Elevated liver function tests
    2%2%
  • Dehydration
    2%2%
  • Muscle pain
    2%2%
  • Nerve damage
    2%2%
  • Insomnia
    2%2%
  • Shortness of breath
    2%2%
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The placebo bar shows how common a side effect was for people taking a sugar pill instead of Aptivus.

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Risks and Warnings for Aptivus (tipranavir)

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  • Aptivus (tipranavir) can cause bleeding in the brain. People who have other medical conditions or are receiving certain medications are more likely to experience this. Talk to your doctor if this is a concern for you.

    This is a black box warning. The FDA requires this warning when there is a significant risk of serious or life-threatening effects that anyone taking the drug should consider.

Means that some groups have a high risk of experiencing this side effect

Pharmacist Q&A

Aptivus (tipranavir) questions for

Frequently Asked Questions

This medication treats HIV-1 in combination with other therapies, in adults who are treatment-experienced and infected with strains resistant to more than one protease inhibitor.

Who is this drug for?

This medication treats HIV-1 in combination with other therapies, in adults who are treatment-experienced and infected with strains resistant to more than one protease inhibitor.

Common concerns from people taking Aptivus (tipranavir)

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Kidneys and liver
  • Aptivus (tipranavir) can harm your liver. Your doctor will do regular blood tests to check your liver. Talk to your doctor if you notice dark urine or abdominal pain.