Norvir

(ritonavir)

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Treats HIV infection.

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Norvir (ritonavir) increases the level of HIV medicines in your body.

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

Upsides

  • Safety and effectively boosts the amount of HIV medicine in your body
  • Single-pill combinations of Norvir (ritonavir) with other HIV medicines are available
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Downsides

  • Needs to be taken with an effective regimen to treat HIV.
  • Can affect the way your food and drinks taste.
  • Interferes with how many other medicines work.
  • Must be taken with food.
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How it works

Norvir (ritonavir) prevents the breakdown of other HIV medicines.

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

Dosage forms

  • Pill
  • Liquid
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What to expect when you take Norvir (ritonavir) for HIV treatment

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  • Starts to kick in
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  • Possible side effects
  • Nausea/Vomiting
  • Fatigue
  • Nerve pain
  • Muscle pain/weakness
  • Rash
  • Abdominal pain
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Side effect rates for Norvir (ritonavir)

From 1755 clinical trials of Norvir when taken for hiv infection
  • Diarrhea
    68%68%
  • Nausea
    56%56%
  • Nerve pain
    51%51%
  • Fatigue
    46%46%
  • Vomiting
    32%32%
  • Rash
    27%27%
  • Abdominal pain
    26%26%
  • Coughing
    22%22%
  • Dizziness
    16%16%
  • Unusual changes in taste
    16%16%
  • Mouth/throat pain
    16%16%
  • Flushing
    13%13%
  • Dyspepsia
    12%12%
  • Itching
    12%12%
  • Nerve damage
    10%10%
  • High fats in the blood
    9%9%
  • Muscle pain
    9%9%
  • Flatulence
    8%8%
  • Allergic reaction
    8%8%
  • Blurred vision
    6%6%
  • Edema
    6%6%
  • Muscle weakness
    4%4%
  • Increased urination
    4%4%
  • Acne
    4%4%
  • High cholesterol
    3%3%
  • Changes in fat distribution
    3%3%
  • Fainting
    3%3%
  • Confusion
    3%3%
  • Disturbance in attention
    3%3%
  • Hypertention
    3%3%
  • Gastrointestinal hemmorrhage
    2%2%
  • Joint and back pain
    2%2%
  • Low blood pressure
    2%2%
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Risks and Warnings for Norvir (ritonavir)

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    • Higher risk if:
    • Taking multiple medications

    Norvir (ritonavir) can interact with many medicines to cause serious or life-threatening side effects. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist before starting or stopping medicines.

    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

Common concerns from people taking Norvir (ritonavir)

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Interactions
  • Norvir (ritonavir) can interact with many medicines to cause serious or life-threatening side effects. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist before starting or stopping medicines.
  • Can interact with a lot of medicines and supplements. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist before taking any new medicines.
Alcohol
  • The liquid form of Norvir (ritonavir) contains alcohol.
Food
  • Must be taken with food.
Kidneys and liver
  • Norvir (ritonavir) can damage your liver. Your doctor will draw blood tests to check your liver regularly. Talk to your doctor if you notice yellowing of the skin, dark urine, or abdominal pain.
Weight
  • People taking medicines like Norvir (ritonavir) can experience a change in their metabolism. Changes may include increases in your blood sugar, cholesterol, fat or weight. Talk to your doctor if you have already have diabetes or high cholesterol.