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Agenerase Capsules Patient Information Including Side Effects
Brand Names: Agenerase
Generic Name: amprenavir (Pronunciation: am PREN a veer)
- 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 is amprenavir (Agenerase Capsules)?
Amprenavir is an antiviral medication in a group of HIV medicines called protease (PRO-tee-ayz) inhibitors. Amprenavir prevents human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) cells from multiplying in your body.
Amprenavir is used to treat HIV, which causes acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS). Amprenavir is not a cure for HIV or AIDS.
Amprenavir may also be used for purposes other than those listed in this medication guide.
What are the possible side effects of amprenavir (Agenerase Capsules)?
Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Stop taking amprenavir and call your doctor at once if you have any of these serious side effects:
- fever, sore throat, and headache with a severe blistering, peeling, and red skin rash;
- pale or yellowed skin, dark colored urine, fever, confusion or weakness;
- increased urination or extreme thirst;
- easy bruising or bleeding;
- signs of a new infection, such as fever or chills, cough, or flu symptoms; or
- seizures, muscle pain and weakness, fast heart rate, numbness or cold feeling in your arms or legs (while using amprenavir oral liquid).
Keep taking the medication and talk with your doctor if you have any of these less serious side effects:
- nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, stomach pain;
- numbness or tingling, especially around your mouth;
- headache, mood changes; or
- changes in the shape or location of body fat (especially in your arms, legs, face, neck, breasts, and waist).
Side effects other than those listed here may also occur. Talk to your doctor about any side effect that seems unusual or that is especially bothersome.
Read the Agenerase Capsules (amprenavir capsules) Side Effects Center for a complete guide to possible side effects
What is the most important information I should know about amprenavir (Agenerase Capsules)?
Do not take amprenavir with cisapride (Propulsid), pimozide (Orap), midazolam (Versed), triazolam (Halcion), or an ergot medicine such as Ergomar, Cafergot, Wigraine, D.H.E. 45, Migranal, Methergine, and others. 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) or metronidazole (Flagyl).
There are many other medicines that can interact with amprenavir. Tell your doctor about all the prescription and over-the-counter medications you use. This includes vitamins, minerals, herbal products, and drugs prescribed by other doctors. Do not start using a new medication without telling your doctor. Keep a list with you of all the medicines you use and show this list to any doctor or other healthcare provider who treats you.
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. 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.
Taking amprenavir will not prevent you from passing HIV to other people through unprotected sex or sharing of needles. Talk with your doctor about safe methods of preventing HIV transmission during sex, such as using a condom and spermicide. Sharing drug or medicine needles is never safe, even for a healthy person.
Additional Agenerase Capsules Information
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You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.
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