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Description

Norvir Oral Solution is an oral solution made up of a protease inhibitor/antiviral booster called ritonavir. We carry the brand choice of this medication in 80mg/ml!

Norvir Oral Solution is used with other medications to control human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and preventing acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS). HIV is viral infection that slowly weakens your immune system, the body’s natural defense system again disease and infection, over time. HIV is contracted through bodily fluids such as blood, semen, vaginal fluids, and saliva, which is why an HIV infected person should never share personal items such as toothbrushes and razors and should always wear protection (like a condom) during sexual intercourse. If HIV goes untreated for too long, the HIV infected person risks developing AIDS. A person has AIDS when HIV has weakened the immune system so much to the point where it can no longer defend against disease and infection, which can become fatal. There is no cure for HIV at this time, but using medication, HIV can be kept under control and AIDS can be prevented.

Norvir Oral Solution (ritonavir) is effective in treating HIV because it is able to decrease the amount of HIV in your body to allow the immune system can work more easily. Ritonavir also has the ability to “boost” the levels of other protease inhibitors, which helps these medications work better.

Directions

Ensure to carefully follow directions given to your by your doctor.

Shake the oral solution well before use. Avoid using a household spoon for measuring; instead, use a dosing syringe or a medicine dose-measuring device to correctly measure the medicine.

You may mix this solution into chocolate milk or a nutritional drink such as Ensure. You must drink the mixture within 1 hour of mixing.

Store at room temperature away from heat and moisture. Ensure the cap is tightly on when not in use. Do not refrigerate this medication.

Cautions

Do not use Norvir Oral Solution (ritonavir

Do not use this medication if you also take alfuzosin, cisapride, colchicine, St. John's wort, voriconazole, sildenafil (Revatio) when used to treat pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH), antipsychotic medicine - lurasidone, pimozide, cholesterol-lowering medicine - lovastatin, simvastatin, ergot medicine - dihydroergotamine, ergotamine, methylergonovine, heart medicine - amiodarone, dronedarone, flecainide, propafenone, quinidine, ranolazine, or a sedative - oral midazolam or triazolam. Serious drug interactions may occur.

Do not use Norvir Oral Solution if you are allergic to ritonavir.

Do not breast feed if you have HIV. This virus can be passed through breast milk and cannot be cured if your baby becomes infected.

The oral solution form of this medication contains alcohol and propylene glycol and should not be used by pregnant woman or premature babies.

Dose adjustment or special precautions may be required

Inform your doctor if you have ever had liver disease (especially hepatitis B or C), heart disease or heart rhythm disorder, diabetes, or a bleeding disorder such as hemophilia.

Risks

This medication will not protect against the spreading of HIV. You must take your own measures of preventing the transmission; wear condoms during sexual intercourse and do not share any personal items that may have bodily fluids on them.

You risk ineffectiveness if you don’t take all your medications prescribed for this condition; ensure you are following all doctor directions regarding Norvir Oral Solution and any other medications you may be prescribed.

If you become pregnant, it is important you tell your doctor right away. HIV may be passed to your baby if it is not kept under control during the time of birth; ensure you are taking all your medications correctly. You may need to switch to a tablet form of this medication.

Norvir Oral Solution can cause ineffectiveness in birth control pills. If you want to avoid pregnancy, you may need to switch to a non-hormonal birth control such as condoms or a diaphragm.

This medication may cause problems within the liver or pancreas and may also increase blood sugar.

An overdose on Norvir Oral Solution can be fatal to a child. Watch for signs of overdose.

Side Effects

Common side effects of Norvir Oral Solution (ritonavir) may include:

nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, diarrhea; numbness or tingling in your hands or feet or around your mouth; feeling weak or tired; rash; or changes in the shape or location of body fat (especially in your arms, legs, face, neck, breasts, and waist).

The above side effects should not alarm you.

Serious side effects of Norvir Oral Solution (ritonavir) may include:

irregular heartbeats, or a light-headed feeling (like you might pass out); easy bruising, unusual bleeding (nose, mouth, vagina, or rectum), purple or red pinpoint spots under your skin; trouble speaking or swallowing, problems with balance or eye movement, weakness or prickly feeling; or swelling in your neck or throat (enlarged thyroid), menstrual changes, impotence.

If you have any of the above side effects, contact your doctor right away.

Contact your doctor if you notice signs of…

high blood sugar: increased thirst, increased urination, hunger, dry mouth, fruity breath odor.

liver or pancreas problems: loss of appetite, upper stomach pain (that may spread to your back), nausea, vomiting, dark urine, jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes).

a new infection: fever, night sweats, swollen glands, cold sores, cough, wheezing, diarrhea, weight loss.

FAQs

Will this medication cure my HIV?

No. Unfortunetly at this time, there is not known cure for HIV. HIV can only be controlled with medication to prevent further damage to the immune system.

What is the average dose for an adult with HIV?

The average dose for an adult with HIV is 100mg-400mg per day. This may be taken in either 1 dose or 2 divided doses.

What happens if I miss a dose?

Take the miss dose as soon as you remember or skip it if your next dose is approaching soon. Do not double up on dosages.

Is this medication safe for children use?

Yes. This medication is safe for children. Consult your doctor if you have a child you believe needs to take Norvir Oral Solution.