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Title Houston Voice, No. 1217, February 20, 2004
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  • Crain, Chris
  • Fisher, Binnie
Publisher Window Media
Date February 20, 2004
Language English
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  • LGBTQ community
  • LGBTQ people
  • Gay liberation movement
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  • Houston, Texas
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  • newspapers
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  • Text
Identifier OCLC: 31485329
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  • University of Houston Libraries Special Collections
  • LGBT Research Collection
  • Montrose Voice
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Transcript 14 FEBRUARY 20, 2004 www.houstonvoice.com HOUSTON VOICE NORVIR® (ritonavir capsules) Soft Gelatin (ritonavir oral solution) ALERT: Find out about medicines that should NOT be taken with NORVIR. Please also read [tie section MEDICINES YOU SHOULD NOT TAKE WITH NORVIR." Patient Information NORVIR® (Nor-veer) Generic Name: ritonavir (rit-ON-uh-veer) Please read this leaflet carefully before you Mart taking NORVIR. Also, read il each time you get your NORVIR prescription refilled. just in ease something has changed. Remember that ihis information does nol take the place of careful discussions with your doctor when you start this medication and at check ups. You should remain under a doctor's care when taking NORVIR and you should not change or slop treatment without first talking with your doctor. You should tell your doctor about any medicine you are taking or planning to take because taking NORVIR with some medication*, can result in serious or life-threatening problems. Talk to your doctor if you have any questions about NORVIR. Your doctor or pharmacist can also give you more information about NORVIR. What is NORVIR and how does it work? NORVIR is in a class of medicines called the HIV protease iPRO-tee- asej inhibitors. NORVIR is used in combination with other anti-HIV medicines to treat people with human immunodeficiency virus (HiV) infection. NORVIR is for adults and for children age 2 years and older. HIV infection leads to the destruction of CD4 (T> cells, which arc important lo the immune system. After a large number of CD4 (T) cells have been destroyed, acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) develops. NORVIR blocks HIV protease, a chemical which is needed tor HIV to multiply. NORVIR reduces the amount of HIV in your blood and incn-ases ihe number of CD4 (T) cells. Palients who took NORVIR in clinical studies had significant reductions in both death and AIDS defining diseases; however NORVIR may not have these el all patients Does NORVIR cure HIV or AIOS? NORVIR does not cure HIV infection or AIDS. The long-term effects of NORVIR are not known at this time. People taking NORVIR may still get opportunistic infections or other conditions lhat happen with HIV infection. Some of these conditions are pneumonia, herpes virus infections, and Mycobacterium avium complex (MAC) infections. Does NORVIR reduce the risk of passing HIV to others? NORVIR does noi reduce the risk of passing HIV to others through sexual contact or blood contamination. Continue to practice safe sex and do not use or share dirty needles. How should I take NORVIR? • You should stay under a doctor's care when taking NORVIR. Do not change your treatment or stop treatment without first talking with your doctor. • It is very important that you take NORVIR every day exactly as your doctor prescribed it. • The usual dose for adults is six 100 mg capsules or 7.5 mL of the oral solution twice a day I morning and night), in combination with other anti-HIV medicines. • The dosing of NORVIR may be different for you than for other patienis. Follow the directions from your doctor, exactly as written on the label • Children from 2 to 16 years of age can aha take NORVIR. The child's doctor will decide the right dose based on the child's height and weight • Take NORVIR with food if possible. • NORVIR Oral Solution is peppermint/caramel flavored. You can take it alone, or improve the taste by mixing il with 8 ounces of chocolate milk. Ensure®, or Advera®. NORVIR Oral Solution should be taken within I hour if mixed with theae items. Ask your doctor, nurse or pharmacist about other ways to improve the taste of NORVIR Oral Solution. • Do not change or stop taking NORVIR without first talking with your health care pro\ idee • When your NORVIR supply starts to run low. get more from your doctor or pharmacy. This is very important because the amount of sims in your blood may increase if the medicine is stopped for even a short time. The virus may develop resistance lo NORVIR and become harder to treat. • Be sure to set up a schedule and follow il carefully. • Only take medicine lhat has been prescribed specifically for you. Do not give NORVIR to others or lake medicine prescribed for someone else. What should I do if I miss a dose of NORVIR? It is important that you do not miss any doses. If you miss a dose of NORVIR, take it as soon as possible and then take your next scheduled dose at its regular time. If it is almost time for your nexl dose, wait and take the next dose at the regular time. Do not double the next dose. What happens if I take too much NORVIR? If you think that you took more than the prescribed dose of this medicine, contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately. As with all prescription medicines, NORVIR should be kept out of the reach of young children. NORVIR liquid contains a large amounl of alcohol. If a toddler or young child accidentally drinks more than the recommended dose of NORVIR, it could make him/her sick from too much alcohol. Contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately if this happens. Who should not take NORVIR? Together with your doctor, you need to decide whether NORVIR is right for you. •Do not take NORVIR if you are taking certain medicines. These could cause serious side effects lhat could cause death. Before you take NORVIR. you must tell your doctor about all the medicines you are taking or are planning lo take. These include other prescription and nonprescription medicines and herbal supplement For more information about medicines you should not lake wilh NORVIR. please read the section "MEDICINES YOU SHOULD NOT TAKE WITH NORVIR." • Do not lake NORVIR if you have had a serious allergic reaction to NORVIR or any of its ingredients. Can I take NORVIR with other medications?* NORVIR may interact with other medicines, including those you take without a prescription. You must tell your doctor aboul all Ihe medicines you are taking or are planning to take. MEDICINES YOU SHOULD NOT TAKE WITH NORVIR. • Do not take the following medicines with NORVIR because they can cause serious or life-threatening problems such as irregular heartbeat, breathing difficulties or excessive sleepiness could occur: Cordarone® (amiodarone) Ergotamine, ergonovine, methylcrgonov ine. and dihydrocrizoi.immc such at Cafergot®, Migranal®. D.H.E 45®, and others Halcion® (triazolam) Hismanal® (astemi/.ole) Orap® (pimo/idci Propulsid® (cisapride) Ouinidmc. also known as Oumagluic'". drdioquin®. Quinidex®, and others Rythmol^ (propafenone) Seldane® (terfenadine) Tambocor® (flecainide) Vascor® (bepridil) Versed® (midazolam) • Do not take NORVIR with St. John's wort (hypericum perforatum), an herbal pnxluct sold as a dietary supplement or products containing St. John's won. Talk with your doctor if you are laking or are planning to take St. John's wort. Taking St. John's won may decrease NORVIR levels and lead to increased viral load and possible resistance to NORVIR or cross-resistance to other antiretroviral medicines. • Do not take NORVIR with Ihe cholesterol-lowering medicines Mevacor® (lovasiatin) or Zocor® (simvastatin I because of possible serious reactions. There is also an increased risk of drug interactions between NORVIR and Lipitor® (alorvastalini. talk lo your doctor before you take anv of these cholesterol-reducing medicines with NORVIR. Medicines that may require dosage adjustments: It is possible that your doctor may need 10 increase or decrease the dose of other medicines when you are also taking NORVIR. Remember to tell your doctor all medicines yon are taking or plan to take. • The following medicines require dose reduction if taken with NORVIR: If you are taking Viagra® (sildenafil), your doctor may lower your dose of Viagra. Before you take Viagra with NORVIR, talk to your doctor about possible drug interactions and side effects. If you take Viagra and NORVIR together, you may be at risk of side effects of Viagra such as low blood pressure, visual changes, and penile erection lasting more than 4 hours. If an erection lasts longer than 4 hours, you should get medical help immediately to avoid permanent damage to your penis. Your doctor can explain these symptoms to you. • If you are taking Oral contraceptives Cthe pill") to prevent pregnancy, your doctor should increase the dose or you should use a different type of contraception since NORVIR may reduce the effectiveness of oral contraceptives. • If you are taking Mycobutin® (rifabuiin), your doctor will lower the dose of Mycobutin. • Other Special Considerations: NORVIR oral solution contains alcohol. Talk with your doctor if you are taking or planning to take metronidazole or disulfiram. Severe nausea and vomiling can occur ■ If you are taking both didanosine (Videx) and NORVIR: Didanosine and NORVIR should be separated by at least 2.5 hours. « Rifampin, also known as Rimactane®. Rifadin®, Rifater®, or Rifamate®. may reduce blood levels of NORVIR. Be sure lo tell your doctor if you are taking rifampin What are the possible side effects of NORVIR? • This list of side effects is nol complete If you have questions aboul side effects, ask your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist. You should report any new or continuing symptoms to your doctor nghl away. Yimr doctor may be able to help you manage these side effects. • The most commonly reported side effects are: feeling weak/tired. nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, loss of appetite, abdominal pain, changes in taste, tingling feeling or numbness in hands or feet or around the lips, headache, and dizziness. ■ Blood tests in patients taking NORVIR may show possible liver problems. People with liver disease such as Hepatitis 8 and Hepatitis C who take NORVIR may have worsening liver disease. Liver problems including rare cases of death have occurred in patients taking NORVIR. It is unclear if NORVIR caused these liver problems because some patients had other illnesses or were taking other medicines. • Some patienis taking NORVIR can develop serious problems with their pancreas 1 pancreatitis) which may cause death. Tell your doctor if you have nausea, vomiting, or abdominal pain luese may be signs ol pancreatitis. • Some patients have large increases m triglycerides and cholesterol. The long-term chance of getting complications such as heart attacks or stroke due to increases in triglycerides and cholesterol caused by protease inhibitors is nol known at this lime. ■ Diabetes and high hlixxl sugar (hyperglycemia) have occurred in patients taking protease inhibitors. Some patienis had diabetes before starting protease inhibitors, others did not. Some patients need changes in their diabetes medication Others needed new diabetes medication. • Changes in body fat have been seen in some patients taking antiretroviral therapy. These changes may include increased amounl of fat in the upper back and neck ("'buffalo luimp"). breast and around the trunk. Loss of fat from the legs, arms and lace DM) also happen. The cause and long tenn health effects of these conditions are not known .it this lime • Some patients with hemophilia have increased bleeding with protease inhibitors • Allergic reactions ranging from mild 10 severe have occurred in palients laking NORVIR. There have been other side effects noted in patienis receiving NORVIR; however, ihese side effects ma) have been due to other medicines thai patients were laking or lo the illness itself Some ot these side effects can be serious. If you have questions aboul side effects, ask your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist. You should report any new or persistent svmptoms to your doctor immediately. What should I tell my doctor before taking NORVIR? • If you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant: The effecis of NORVIR on pregnant women or their unborn babies are not known. • // \1111 are breast-feeding: Do not breast-Iced if you are taking NORVIR You should not breast-feed if you have HIV. If you are a woman who has or will have a baby, talk with your doctor about the best way to feed your baby. You should be aware that if your baby does not already have HIV. there is a chanee that HIV can be transmuted through breast-feeding • If you have liver problems II you have liver problems or are infected with Hepatitis B or Hepatitis ('. you should tell your docior before taking NORVIR. • If you have diabetes: Some people taking protease inhibitors develop new or more serious diabetes or high blood sugar. Be sure to tell your doctor if you have diabetes or .111 increase in thirst and/or frequent urination. 'If you have hemophilia: Some people with hemophilia have had increased bleeding. Il is not known whether the protease inhibitors caused these problems. Be sure 10 tell your doctor it you have hemophilia types A and B. How do I store NORVIR? • Keep NORVIR and all other medicines out of the reach of children. • Store NORVIR Oral Solution al room lempcrature. Do not refrigerate NORVIR Oral Solution. Avoid exposing NORVIR (>i.d Solution to excessive heat or cold • Refrigeration of NORVIR soft gelatin capsules by the patient is recommended, but not required if used within M) days and stored below 77 F (25 C|. Avoid exposing NORVIR soil gelatin capsules to excessive heat or cold. • Store NORVIR soft gelalin capsules and NORVIR Oral Solution in the original container. • Shake NORVIR Oral Solution well before cash use • Use NORVIR Oral Solution by the expiraiion date on the bottle Do not keep medicine that is out of dale or thai you no longer need. Be sure thai if you throw any medicine away, il is oul of the reach of children. General advice about prescription medicines: Talk to your doctor or other health care provider if you have any questions about this medicine or your condition. Medicines are sometimes prescribed for purposes other than ihose listed in a Patient Information Leaflet. If you have any concerns about this medicine. ask your doctor. Your doctor or pharmacist can give you information about this medicine thai was written for health care professionals. Do nol use this medicine for a condition for which it was not prescribed. Do not share ihis medicine wilh other people, • The brands lisied are trademarks of their respective owners and are not trademarks of Abbott Laboratories. The makers of these1 brands are noi affiliated with and do not endorse Abbott Laboratories or its products. 03-33I1-R18 Revised: October, 2003 03L-017-A631-1 MASTER
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