What should I know before taking this drug
Additional information if any
Virodin tab (Ranbaxy (Super speciality))
Indease cap (Alkem (cytomed))
Indinavir is a prescription drug available from your pharmacy store only with the prescription of a qualified medical practitioner.
Indinavir is pronounced as: in DIN a veer
Common uses of indinavir
Indinavir is used in the treatment of HIV (Human immune deficiency virus) which causes AIDS (Acquired immune deficiency syndrome).
- Take Indinavir medication exactly as directed by your doctor. If do not understand these instructions ask your pharmacist, nurse or doctor to explain them to you.
- Indinavir should be taken preferably on empty stomach 1hr before or 2hrs after meals with one glass of water.
- Do not skip any doses. Continue to take it even when you feel better. You must complete the entire course of medication.
- Do not stop Indinavir medication abruptly without the advice of your doctor.
- Indinavir is known to interact with wide range of drugs. Always remember to inform your health expert if you are currently taking any OTC or other prescription drugs like
- Other drugs for HIV infection(Efavirenz, Ritonavir),
- Cholesterol lowering drugs( simvastain,lovastatin)
- Antiarrhythmics (amiodarone, quinidine)
- Antifungal( itraconazole, ketoconazole)
- Blood pressure medication(Amlodipine, verapamil)
- Antiallergic drugs(Astemizole)
- Immune suppressive drugs ( cyclosporine, tacrolimus)
- Inform your doctor if you have following medical conditions as Indinavir should be used cautiously in the below mentioned conditions
- Liver disease
- High cholesterol or triglyceride levels
- Blood disorders like haemophilia
Do not take indinavir if you have severe hepatic impairment.
Pregnant woman: indinavir belongs to FDA pregnancy category C. This means that indinavir may harm an unborn baby if used during pregnancy but potential benefit may warrant use of the drug in pregnant woman despite potential risks. Always inform your doctor if you are pregnant or are planning for conception.
Lactating women: It is not known whether indinavir passes into breast milk or if it could harm the baby. Do not take indinavir with out first talking to doctor if you are breast feeding a baby.
Other: Avoid grape fruit and grapes juices when on Indinavir medication.
Indinavir is available in the form of tablet.
Use as directed by your physician, your physician prescribes depending on the severity of disease. For detailed dosage information, consult your doctor who will prescribe you depending on the severity of the disease.
If it is almost the time of the next dose, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule. Do not take two doses at same time to cover up the missed dose.
In case of overdose contact your nearest poison control centre or emergency medical centre for immediate care by physician.
The overdose symptoms of Indinavir are
Indinavir may causes following side effects like
- Unequal distribution of body fat
- Tingling and numbness in extremities
Consult your doctor immediately if notice following symptoms.
- Jaundice (yellowing of skin and eyes)
- Easy bruising or bleeding
- Symptoms of new infection like fever cough, cold etc
- Increased urination or extreme thirst
- Flank pain with or without blood in urine
Store indinavir at room temp (15 – 30 degrees C). Avoid excessive heat, moisture or direct sunlight, never store in the bathroom.
Keep it out of reach of children. Make sure that any leftover portion is disposed off safely.
- Indinavir does not cure or stop the spread of HIV infection. Patient can still get infections and infect other individuals. Therefore avoid sexual contact sharing of blood products, needles, razors and use effective barrier methods of contraceptive like latex-condom etc
- HIV virus can transmit infection to the newborn baby via breast milk. Hence breast feeding should not be done.
- HIV can pass to the unborn baby if the mother is not treated adequately during pregnancy. Therefore consult your doctor regularly and take medication as prescribed to prevent transmission.
- Indinavir decreases the effectiveness of birth control pills. Always discuss with your doctor regarding other non hormonal contraceptive methods.
- Avoid activities which require you to be alert as Indinavir causes drowsiness and impairment of thought process &reactions. Avoid alcohol.
- Always visit your doctor regularly for thorough check up and laboratory test (CD4 count, LFT, cholesterol test etc)to monitor your condition and look for possible side effects of medication.
- If you are a diabetic monitor your sugar levels closely as Indinavir is known to increase blood sugar levels.
It is imp to read manufacturing packaging instruction carefully if available and always do not hesitate to consult pharmacist or physician for any information.
Written by: Healthplus24 team
Date last updated: May 31, 2012