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Kaletra Medication - Uses & Side Effects

Kaletra is a combination of two drugs, lopinavir and ritonavir, both belongs to the drug category known as protease inhibitors. If you will take this medicine with other HIV drugs, then it lowers the amount of the virus circulating in the bloodstream.

Kaletra Dosage

  • The usual starting dose is 3 capsules twice each day.
  • If you are taking this medicine with Sustiva or Viramune, then the usual dose is 4 capsules twice per day.

Uses of Kaletra

  • It is used along with other medications to treat Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) infection.
  • It may also be used to treats other medical conditions those are listed in this medication guide.

Side Effects of Kaletra

Before taken Kaletra medicine, you should discuss the side effects with your doctor.  If any develop or change in intensity, then you should inform your doctor as soon as possible. Because only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking Kaletra. Side effects may include:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Diarrhea
  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Rash
  • Vomiting
  • Weakness

Warnings and precautions before taking Kaletra:

  • If you are taking kaletra, then it may cause diabetes. If you have diabetes, then you should tell your doctor.
  • If you are taking this medicine, then you should not take St. John's Wort.
  • You should tell your doctor your medical history such as liver disease, including hepatitis.Because it may lead to another serious effect.

Drug Interaction :-

If you are taking Kaletra with certain other drugs, then the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. So it is especially important to check with your doctor before combining Kaletra with the following:

  • Anticonvulsants such as Dilantin, Phenobarbital, Tegretol
  • Atovaquone (Mepron)
  • Certain cholesterol-lowering agents, including Lipitor, Mevacor, and Zocor
  • methylergonovine
Overdose

Kaletra oral solution contains a high percentage of alcohol, which could be dangerous to a young child. So after taken Kaletra if you feel that overdose is suspected, then you should contact with your doctor immediately. Because it may lead to another serious effect.


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