Reyataz (Atazanavir Sulfate) and/or alternatives
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General Information on Reyataz
Reyataz is used to treat HIV and AIDS in combination with other medicines. The generic name of the drug is atazanavir sulfate and it belongs to a group of medicines known as protease inhibitors. It is an antiviral medication that prevents the HIV cells from multiplying in the body. Though HIV is not curable, Reyataz can help control the ailment.
The HIV virus uses the cells from the host body to multiply. It infects the healthy cell and uses it to make DNA, which allows the virus to affect the neighboring cells, thus spreading the disease. The protease inhibitors work by preventing the virus from creating DNA. However, it is important to remember that when you buy Reyataz, it works only as a part of the HIV ‘cocktail’, which consists of 4-5 types of drugs taken together to fight HIV.
Side Effects for Reyataz
Reyataz users can have mild side effects like nausea, headache, vomiting, insomnia, diarrhea, fever, dizziness, stomach pain, and muscle pain. These usually disappear once the treatment is over and you stop taking the medicine. However, in certain cases, a person may have serious side effects like increased urination, extreme thirst, and painful urination, blood in the urine, fever, sore throat, jaundice, skin rash, or loss of appetite. In such cases, the doctor should be informed immediately. It can also cause an uneven distribution of fat in body, thus making you look fat in odd places.
Before you buy Reyataz, you must inform your doctor if you are suffering from diabetes, hemophilia, kidney stones, liver cirrhosis, hepatitis, or irregular heart rhythm. Taking Reyataz under such conditions can make them worse. The liver helps flush out excess drugs from our body, and if you already have a liver problem, it can further damage the liver. The drug is considered safe to be taken by pregnant women as it will not harm the unborn child. It is not known if Reyataz passes through breast milk, and so, you must inform your doctor if you are breastfeeding your child.
Reyataz is not meant to be taken alone. It is a part of the HIV cocktail and is taken along with other HIV medications. It is recommended to be taken with Ritonavir, which helps increase the level of the drug in the blood. If taken on its own, the medicine will not have an adequate level in the blood, thus rendering it ineffective.
Reyataz is available in the form of pills and it is meant to be taken once a day. Do not take it on an empty stomach. People suffering from liver disease may need to take a lower dose. For patients who are starting HIV medications for the first time, the recommended dosage is Reyataz 400 mg twice daily with food (two 200 mg pills). Patients who have taken HIV medications earlier are given Reyataz 300 mg.
Reyataz interacts with certain other medicines like blood thinners, heart and blood pressure medications, cholesterol lowering medicines, insulin, stomach acid reducers, antidepressants, and other HIV medications like efavirenz, nevirapine, and Ritonavir.
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