Indinavir Sulfate

Where is Indinavir Sulfate used?

Indinavir Sulfate is used to help lessen the total of HIV in your body. It is to help your immune system to work well. This is used with other HIV medications to help control HIV infection. This medication will also lower your chance of getting HIV problems and improve your life quality.

Indinavir Sulfate belongs to the class of medications known as protease inhibitors. This prescription has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

How does Indinavir Sulfate work?

Indinavir Sulfate is a protease inhibitor with activity against Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV). Protease inhibitors block the part of HIV called protease. HIV protease is an enzyme vital for the proteolytic cleavage of the viral polyprotein signs. It is into the specific functional proteins found in infectious HIV-1. This drug drags to the protease active site and prevents the activity of the enzyme. This inhibition stops the cleavage of the viral polyproteins causing the formation of undeveloped non-infectious viral particles. Protease inhibitors are practically constantly used along with at least two other anti-HIV medicines.

How is Indinavir Sulfate taken?

The recommended dosage of this medication depends on your condition and response. This is usually taken 3 times a day. It is to be taken by mouth with a full glass of water. You may take each dose with or without food. If an upset stomach occurs, you may take it with milk/coffee or with a light meal. Avoid taking this medication with a meal high in fat, calories, and protein. Take it exactly as directed by your doctor. Do not double the prescribed dosage for you.  If you missed a dose, call your doctor for instructions.

It is very essential to continue taking this medication exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Do not take more or less of this medication than prescribed or stop taking it even for a short time unless directed to do so by your doctor. Skipping or changing your dosage without approval from your doctor makes the infection more difficult to treat, may cause the amount of virus to increase, or worsen side effects.

What are the possible side effects of Indinavir Sulfate?

  • Nausea
  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting  
  • Heartburn
  • Indigestion
  • Stomach pain
  • Dizziness
  • Headache
  • Changes in appetite
  • Cold symptoms like sore throat, sneezing, stuffy nose
  • Feeling weak or tired
  • Dry, itching skin, rash
  • Altered sense of taste
  • Back pain
  • Changes in the shape or location of body fat

What are the precautions in taking Indinavir Sulfate?

  • You should not share this or any of your medications with others who have the same symptoms as yours.
  • Let your doctor know if you have any allergies or medical history.
  • Consult first if you are pregnant or breastfeeding women. If you get pregnant while taking this medicine, call your doctor immediately.
  • Avoid alcoholic beverages while having this treatment. Alcohol may worsen your condition or may increase your risk of certain side effects.
  • Keep this and all your other medications away from the reach of children.