What is Ritonavir?

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) 244 104
Increase effect of another treatment 18 13
Support immune health 7 1
Fatigue 2 0
Acquired immune deficiency syndrome 1 0
General health 1 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
Severe 5
Moderate 15
Mild 32
None 53

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Ritonavir

Side effect Patients
Diarrhea 13
Abdominal cramps 3
Flatulence 3
Fatigue 2
Lightheadedness 2
Nausea 2

Show all 25 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Ritonavir

Dosage Patients
100 mg daily 3
200 mg daily 1

Why patients stopped taking Ritonavir

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Doctor's advice 23
Side effects too severe 21
Other 17
Course of treatment ended 7
Did not seem to work 4
Personal research 4
Change in health plan coverage 2
Expense 2
See all 66 patients who've stopped taking Ritonavir

Duration

Currently taking Ritonavir

Duration Patients
2 - 5 years 1
5 - 10 years 2
10 years or more 1

Stopped taking Ritonavir

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 4
1 - 6 months 12
6 months - 1 year 12
1 - 2 years 11
2 - 5 years 15
5 - 10 years 10
10 years or more 2
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 94
Usually 5
Sometimes 2
Never taken as prescribed 4
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 3
Somewhat hard to take 10
A little hard to take 18
Not at all hard to take 74
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 4
$100-199 0
$50-99 9
$25-49 7
< $25 45
Not specified 40

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Ritonavir after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Abacavir-lamivudine (Epzicom) 1
Atazanavir (Reyataz) 1
Atazanavir-cobicistat 1
Cobicistat-elvitegravir-emtricitabine-tenofovir disoproxil (Stribild) 1
Efavirenz-Emtricitabine-Tenofovir (Atripla) 1

Patients stopped taking Ritonavir and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Cobicistat-elvitegravir-emtricitabine-tenofovir disoproxil (Stribild) 3
Dolutegravir (Tivicay) 2
Triumeq 2
Abacavir-lamivudine-zidovudine (Trizivir) 1
Cobicistat-darunavir (Prezcobix) 1

Show all 6 treatments patients report switching to

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14 patient evaluations for Ritonavir

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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