What is Ritonavir (RTV, /r)?

Category: Prescription Drugs

Most popular types: Norvir

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Ritonavir, a protease inhibitor is used for the treatment of HIV infection; should always be used as part of a multidrug regimen (at least three antiretroviral agents); may be used as a pharmacokinetic "booster" for other protease inhibitors

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) 484 109
Increase effect of another treatment 18 13
Support immune health 7 1
Acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) 3 0
Fatigue 2 0

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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations Percentage
Severe 4
Moderate 17
Mild 34
None 55

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Ritonavir (RTV, /r)

Side effect Patients Percentage
Diarrhea 14
Flatulence 3
Lightheadedness 3
Tiredness 3
Abdominal cramps 2
Fatigue 2

Show all 19 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Ritonavir (RTV, /r)

Dosage Patients Percentage
100 mg twice daily 1

Why patients stopped taking Ritonavir (RTV, /r)

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients Percentage
Doctor's advice 26
Side effects too severe 23
Other 16
Course of treatment ended 7
Did not seem to work 4
Personal research 4
Change in health plan coverage 2
Expense 2
See all 72 patients who've stopped taking Ritonavir (RTV, /r)

Duration

Currently taking Ritonavir (RTV, /r)

Duration Patients Percentage
2 - 5 years 1

Stopped taking Ritonavir (RTV, /r)

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 6
1 - 6 months 9
6 months - 1 year 12
1 - 2 years 11
2 - 5 years 15
5 - 10 years 11
10 years or more 3
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 99
Usually 5
Sometimes 2
Never taken as prescribed 4
Burden
Burden Evaluations Percentage
Very hard to take 4
Somewhat hard to take 12
A little hard to take 17
Not at all hard to take 77
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 5
$100-199 0
$50-99 9
$25-49 6
< $25 46
Not specified 44

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Ritonavir (RTV, /r) after stopping:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Abacavir-lamivudine (ABC/3TC) (Epzicom) 1
Atazanavir (ATV) (Reyataz) 1
Atazanavir-cobicistat (ATV/c) (Evotaz) 1
Cobicistat-elvitegravir-emtricitabine-tenofovir disoproxil (Stribild) 1
Efavirenz-Emtricitabine-Tenofovir disoproxil fumarate (Atripla) 1

Patients stopped taking Ritonavir (RTV, /r) and switched to:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Cobicistat-elvitegravir-emtricitabine-tenofovir disoproxil (Stribild) 4
Dolutegravir (DTG) (Tivicay) 3
Triumeq 3
Abacavir-lamivudine-zidovudine (ABC/3TC/ZDV) (Trizivir) 1
Bictegravir-emtricitabine-tenofovir alafenamide (BIC/FTC/TAF) (Biktarvy) 1

Show all 9 treatments patients report switching to

Last updated:

14 patient evaluations for Ritonavir (RTV, /r)

Jul 14, 2016 (Started Aug 29, 2013)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV))
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 100 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Aug 18, 2014 (Started Aug 01, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV))
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 100 mg Daily

  • 0 helpful marks

Sep 10, 2012 (Started Jul 01, 1996)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Increase effect of another treatment)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV))
  • Side effects
    Moderate (diarrhea)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 800 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
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