Bristol-Myers Squibb | Atazanavir (Medication)
Atazanavir is used in combination with other medications to treat HIV infection (human immunodeficiency virus). Atazanavir is in a class of medications called HIV protease inhibitors. It works by slowing the spread of HIV in the body. Atazanavir will not cure HIV and may not prevent you from developing HIV-related illnesses. Atazanavir will not prevent you from spreading HIV to other people.
Atazanavir helps to control HIV infection, but does not cure it. Continue to take atazanavir even if you feel well. Do not stop taking atazanavir without talking to your doctor. When your supply of atazanavir starts to run low, get more from your doctor or pharmacist. If you stop taking atazanavir or skip doses, your condition may become more difficult to treat. ...
Atazanavir may cause side effects. Tell your doctor if any of these symptoms are severe or do not go away:nausea; vomiting; stomach pain; diarrhea; headache; depression; fever; difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep; muscle pain; rash; numbness, burning, pain, or tingling of hands or feet. ...
Before taking atazanavir, tell your healthcare provider if you have any type of allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems.
Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of:liver disease (including Hepatitis B or C infections), heart problems (coronary artery disease, heart attack), diabetes, lipid problems (high cholesterol or triglycerides/fats), blood disorders, kidney stones.
It is not recommended to use this drug during pregnancy or breastfeeding without your doctor's advice. Because breast milk can transmit HIV, do not breast-feed. ...