Reyataz

(atazanavir)

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Treats HIV infection.

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Reyataz (atazanavir) works well with other HIV medicines to treat HIV, but it's not a first-line choice due to its side effects, and you must take it with food.

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

Upsides

  • If first-line choices for HIV medicines are not an option, Reyataz (atazanavir) is a good alternative to consider.
  • Conveniently taken once daily.
  • Available in powder form for mixing if pills are hard to swallow.
  • A safer choice than Prezista (darunavir) or Prezcobix (darunavir/cobicistat) for people with heart problems.
  • Good choice for people with kidney problems.
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Downsides

  • Reyataz (atazanavir) can interact with many other medicines. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist before starting or stopping medicines.
  • Not a good choice for people with uncontrolled diabetes, liver problems, or history of gallstones or kidney stones.
  • Needs to be taken with other HIV medicines.
  • Reyataz (atazanavir) powder contains phenylalanine, which is harmful to people who can't digest phenylalanine (i.e., phenylketonuria).
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How it works

Reyataz (atazanavir) is a protease inhibitor. It treats HIV infections by stopping the virus from replicating within cells in your immune system.

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

Dosage forms

  • Pill
  • Powder
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What to expect when you take Reyataz (atazanavir) for HIV treatment

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  • Possible side effects
  • Nausea
  • Rash
  • Headache
  • Yellowing of skin and eyes
  • Vomiting
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Side effect rates for Reyataz (atazanavir)

From 441 clinical trials of Reyataz when taken for hiv treatment
  • Nausea
    14%14%
  • Yellowing of skin and eyes
    9%9%
  • Rash
    7%7%
  • Yellowing of skin and eyes
    7%7%
  • Headache
    6%6%
  • Nausea
    6%6%
  • Yellowing of skin and eyes
    5%5%
  • Rash
    5%5%
  • Nausea
    4%4%
  • Vomiting
    4%4%
  • Stomach pain
    4%4%
  • Burning or tingling in hands, arms, legs, or feet
    4%4%
  • Muscle pain
    4%4%
  • Rash
    3%3%
  • Trouble sleeping
    3%3%
  • Vomiting
    3%3%
  • Diarrhea
    3%3%
  • Nausea
    3%3%
  • Diarrhea
    2%2%
  • Dizziness
    2%2%
  • Fever
    2%2%
  • Depression
    2%2%
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Risks and Warnings for Reyataz (atazanavir)

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    • Higher risk if:
    • History of heartbeat problems
    • Taking other medicines that can affect your heartbeat

    Reyataz (atazanavir) can change the way your heart beats. Tell your doctor right away if you get dizzy or lightheaded while taking Reyataz (atazanavir). Your doctor might need to monitor your heartbeat regularly.

Common concerns from people taking Reyataz (atazanavir)

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Interactions
  • Reyataz (atazanavir) can interact with acid-reducing medicines and must be spaced throughout the day. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist first before starting any acid-reducing medicines.
  • Reyataz (atazanavir) can interact with many other medicines. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist before starting or stopping medicines.
Food
  • Take Reyataz (atazanavir) with food.
Kidneys and liver
  • Reyataz (atazanavir) can damage your liver or make current liver problems worse. Your doctor will order blood tests regularly to check your liver. Talk to your doctor right away if you notice yellowing of the eyes or skin, dark urine, light-colored stools, or stomach pain.
  • Good choice for people with kidney problems.
  • Not a good choice for people with uncontrolled diabetes, liver problems, or history of gallstones or kidney stones.