Atazanavir Side Effects
What should I watch for?
Visit your doctor or health care professional for regular check ups. Discuss any new symptoms with your doctor. You will need to have important blood work done while on this medicine.
Birth control pills may not work properly while you are taking this medicine. Talk to your doctor about using an extra method of birth control. Women who can still have children must use a reliable form of barrier contraception, like a condom or diaphragm.
This medicine may affect blood sugar levels. If you have diabetes, check with your doctor or health care professional before you change your diet or the dose of your diabetic medicine.
This medicine may affect how well your kidneys work. Drink plenty of fluids while taking this medicine to stay hydrated.
Common and Rare Side Effects
Along with its needed effects, a medicine may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.
Check with your doctor immediately if any of the following side effects occur:
Incidence not known
blood in the urine
chest pain or discomfort
dizziness or lightheadedness
fast, shallow breathing
flushed, dry skin
fruit-like breath odor
gaseous abdominal or stomach pain
general feeling of discomfort
loss of appetite
loss of consciousness
muscle pain or cramping
pain in the groin or genitals
pain in the stomach, side, or abdomen, possibly radiating to the back
severe nausea or vomiting
sharp back pain just below the ribs
slow or irregular heartbeat
stomach discomfort or fullness
tightness in the chest
trouble with breathing
unexplained weight loss
unpleasant breath odor
unusual tiredness or weakness
vomiting of blood
yellow eyes or skin
Some side effects may occur that usually do not need medical attention. These side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine. Also, your health care professional may be able to tell you about ways to prevent or reduce some of these side effects. Check with your health care professional if any of the following side effects continue or are bothersome or if you have any questions about them:
extra body fat
feeling sad or empty
loss of interest or pleasure
Burning, numbness, tingling, or painful sensations
difficulty with moving
pain in the joints
unsteadiness or awkwardness
weakness in the arms, hands, legs, or feet
Incidence not known
Hair loss or thinning of the hair
rash with flat lesions or small raised lesions on the skin
Other side effects not listed may also occur in some patients. If you notice any other effects, check with your healthcare professional.
Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.