|Manufacturer:||Cipla Limited manufactures Ritomune.|
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Ritonavir is used to treat human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection. It belongs to a class of drugs called protease (pro' tee ace) inhibitors, which slow the spread of HIV infection in the body. It is usually taken with other antiviral medications. Ritonavir is not a cure and may not decrease the number of HIV-related illnesses. Ritonavir does not prevent the spread of HIV to other people.
Ritonavir comes as a capsule and liquid to take by mouth. It is usually taken every 12 hours (twice a day). Follow the directions on your prescription label carefully, and ask your doctor or pharmacist to explain any part you do not understand. Take ritonavir exactly as directed. Do not take more or less of it or take it more often than prescribed by your doctor.
Mix just one dose at a time and take the whole dose within 1 hour of mixing. Rinse the cup after each dose.
Continue to take ritonavir even if you feel well. Do not stop taking ritonavir without talking to your doctor.
Ritonavir is not a cure for HIV and it does not prevent the spread of HIV to others through sexual contact or blood contamination (e.g., sharing used needles).
OTHER USES: This section contains uses of this drug that are not listed in the approved professional labeling for the drug but that may be prescribed by your health care professional. Use this drug for a condition that is listed in this section only if it has been so prescribed by your health care professional.
This medication may also be used to prevent HIV infection after contact with the virus.
How to use Ritonavir Oral
Read the Patient Information Leaflet provided by your pharmacist before you start taking ritonavir and each time you get a refill. If you have any questions regarding the information, consult your doctor or pharmacist.
Shake the bottle well before each dose. Take this medication by mouth with a meal or up to 2 hours after a meal, usually 2 times daily or as directed by your doctor. Your doctor will start you on a low dose, then increase the dose every 2-3 days until you are taking your full dose. Use a dosage cup or a special medication measuring spoon to measure out the correct dose. If a dosing cup is used, rinse the cup with water after taking the medication and drink all of the rinse water to make sure you take the full dose.
The dosage is based on your weight, liver function, medical condition, other medications, and response to therapy.
It is very important to continue taking this medication (and other HIV medications) exactly as prescribed by your doctor.
This medication works best when the amount of drug in your body is kept at a constant level. Therefore, take this drug at evenly spaced intervals. To help you remember, take it at the same times each day.
Do not take more or less of this drug than prescribed or stop taking it (or other HIV medicines) even for a short time unless directed to do so by your doctor. Skipping or changing your dose without approval from your doctor may cause the amount of virus to increase, make the infection more difficult to treat (resistant), or worsen side effects.