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Crixivan (Indinavir Sulfate)

General Information

Crixivan (Indinavir Sulfate) helps to decrease the amount of HIV in your body. It is to help your immune system to work better. This is used with other HIV medications to help control HIV infection. This medication will also lower your chance of getting HIV complications and will improve the quality of your life.

How does Crixivan (Indinavir Sulfate) work?

Crixivan (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 required for the proteolytic cleavage of the viral polyprotein precursors. It is into the individual functional proteins found in infectious HIV-1. This drug binds to the protease active site and inhibits the activity of the enzyme. This inhibition prevents cleavage of the viral polyproteins resulting in the formation of immature non-infectious viral particles. Protease inhibitors are almost always used in combination with at least two other anti-HIV medications.


Why use Crixivan (Indinavir Sulfate)?

Crixivan (Indinavir Sulfate) belongs to the class of medications known as protease inhibitors. This prescription has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). This is available in the strengths of 200mg and 400mg of Indinavir Sulfate. Crixivan Capsules are formulated as a sulfate salt.


How to use Crixivan (Indinavir Sulfate)?

The recommended dosage of Crixivan Capsule 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 it with or without food. If 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.

What are the side-effects of Crixivan (Indinavir Sulfate)?

  • Diarrhea, nausea, vomiting,
  • Heartburn, stomach pain, indigestion
  • Dizziness, headache, feeling weak or tired
  • Changes in appetite
  • Dry, itching skin, rash
  • Back pain
  • Altered sense of taste
  • Changes in the shape or location of body fat
  • Cold symptoms like sneezing, sore throat, stuffy nose


Warnings and Precautions

  • 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.
  • Keep this and all your other medications away from the reach of children.