Drug interactions between lopinavir / ritonavir and ritonavir
Interactions between your drugs
lopinavir / ritonavir
- Lopinavir / ritonavir is in the drug class protease inhibitors.
- Lopinavir / ritonavir is used to treat the following conditions:
- Ritonavir is a member of the following drug classes: antiviral boosters, protease inhibitors.
- Ritonavir is used to treat HIV Infection.
Drug and food interactions
Applies to: lopinavir / ritonavir, ritonavir
Ritonavir should be taken with food to lessen gastrointestinal side effects. It is important that you take this medication exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Do not change your treatment or stop treatment without first talking to your doctor.
Applies to: lopinavir / ritonavir
Food may affect the absorption of lopinavir-ritonavir (brand name Kaletra) depending on whether you are taking the oral solution or the tablet. The oral solution should be taken with food to enhance absorption and help it work better. The tablet formulation can be take with or without food. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist if you have questions on how to take this or other medications you are prescribed. It is important to tell your doctor about all other medications you use, including vitamins and herbs. Do not stop using any medications without first talking to your doctor.
Therapeutic duplication warnings
Therapeutic duplication is the use of more than one medicine from the same drug category or therapeutic class to treat the same condition. This can be intentional in cases where drugs with similar actions are used together for demonstrated therapeutic benefit. It can also be unintentional in cases where a patient has been treated by more than one doctor, or had prescriptions filled at more than one pharmacy, and can have potentially adverse consequences.
The recommended maximum number of medicines in the 'antiviral boosters' category to be taken concurrently is usually one. Your list includes two medicines belonging to the 'antiviral boosters' category:
- ritonavir (active ingredient in lopinavir/ritonavir)
Note: The benefits of taking this combination of medicines may outweigh any risks associated with therapeutic duplication. This information does not take the place of talking to your doctor. Always check with your healthcare provider to determine if any adjustments to your medications are needed.
Drug Interaction Classification
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Do not stop taking any medications without consulting your healthcare provider.