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Agenerase Capsules Patient Information including How Should I Take
In this Article
- What is amprenavir (Agenerase Capsules)?
- What are the possible side effects of amprenavir (Agenerase Capsules)?
- What is the most important information I should know about amprenavir (Agenerase Capsules)?
- What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking amprenavir (Agenerase Capsules)?
- How should I take amprenavir (Agenerase Capsules)?
- What happens if I miss a dose (Agenerase Capsules)?
- What happens if I overdose (Agenerase Capsules)?
- What should I avoid while taking amprenavir (Agenerase Capsules)?
- What other drugs will affect amprenavir (Agenerase Capsules)?
- Where can I get more information?
What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking amprenavir (Agenerase Capsules)?
Do not take this medication if you are allergic to amprenavir or a similar drug called fosamprenavir (Lexiva). Do not take amprenavir oral liquid if you are pregnant or if you have liver or kidney disease.
Do not take amprenavir with cisapride (Propulsid), pimozide (Orap), midazolam (Versed), triazolam (Halcion), or ergot medicines such as ergotamine (Ergomar, Cafergot), dihydroergotamine (D.H.E. 45, Migranal Nasal Spray), ergonovine (Ergotrate), or methylergonovine (Methergine). These drugs can cause life-threatening side effects if you use them while you are taking amprenavir.
Amprenavir oral liquid should also not be taken with disulfiram (Antabuse), metronidazole (Flagyl).
Before taking amprenavir, tell your doctor if you are allergic to any drugs, or if you have:
- liver or kidney disease;
- a bleeding disorder such as hemophilia; or
- high cholesterol or triglycerides.
If you have any of these conditions, you may not be able to use amprenavir, or you may need a dosage adjustment or special tests during treatment.
FDA pregnancy category C. This medication may be harmful to an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant during treatment. HIV can be passed to the baby if the mother is not properly treated during pregnancy. Take all of your HIV medicines as directed to control your infection while you are pregnant.
Taking amprenavir together with birth control pills can make the amprenavir less effective. Ask your doctor about using a non-hormone method of birth control (such as a condom, diaphragm, spermicide) to prevent pregnancy while taking amprenavir.
You should not breast-feed while you are using amprenavir. Women with HIV or AIDS should not breast-feed at all. Even if your baby is born without HIV, you may still pass the virus to the baby in your breast milk.
Do not give this medication to a child younger than 4 years old.
How should I take amprenavir (Agenerase Capsules)?
Take amprenavir exactly as it was prescribed for you. Do not take the medication in larger amounts, or take it for longer than recommended by your doctor. Follow the directions on your prescription label.
Take amprenavir with a full glass (8 ounces) of water.
Amprenavir can be taken with or without food. Avoid taking with a high-fat meal, which can make it harder for your body to absorb the amprenavir.
Measure the liquid form of amprenavir with a special dose-measuring spoon or cup, not a regular tablespoon. If you do not have a dose-measuring device, ask your pharmacist for one.
Do not switch from amprenavir capsules to oral liquid without your doctor's advice. Make sure you receive the right form of this medicine each time you get your prescription filled.
It is important to use amprenavir regularly to get the most benefit. Get your prescription refilled before you run out of medicine completely.
HIV/AIDS is usually treated with a combination of different drugs. To best treat your condition, use all of your medications as directed by your doctor. Be sure to read the medication guide or patient instructions provided with each of your medications. Do not change your doses or medication schedule without advice from your doctor. Every person with HIV or AIDS should remain under the care of a doctor.
To be sure this medication is helping your condition, your blood will need to be tested on a regular basis. Your liver function may also need to be tested. Do not miss any scheduled visits to your doctor.
Store amprenavir at room temperature away from moisture and heat.
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