FDA Approves New Generic HIV Medication

Roni Shye
Roni Shye, PharmD BCGP BCACP, is a licensed pharmacist in the states of Florida, Ohio, and Pennsylvania.
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HIV medications have made some key advancements in recent years, including the use of fewer pills for infected patients and less unwanted side effects.

Many newer combination HIV medications can carry a hefty price tag as they often contain two or three medications in the convenience of one pill. One way patients have been able to reduce the cost of their HIV medication is by filling for a generic, and we have a new one to add to the list.

Most recently, the FDA just approved atazanavir, the generic version of Reyataz, for the treatment of HIV-1 infection.

What is atazanavir indicated for?

Atazanavir is indicated in combination with other antiretroviral agents for the treatment of HIV-1 infections in adults and pediatric patients 6 years and older weighing at least 33 lbs.

Atazanavir is to be taken once-daily, at the same time of the day. Your doctor will determine what dose of atazanavir is right for you as your dose may be based upon your body weight in certain patient populations.

What strength(s) and dosage form(s) will atazanavir be available in?

Atazanavir will be available as an oral capsule in the strengths of 150 mg, 200 mg, and 300 mg.

Brand name Reyataz is available as a capsule as well an oral powder.

What are the most common side effects of atazanavir

The most common side effects associated with atazanavir include yellowing of the skin and whites of eyes, nausea, rash, headache, stomach pain, vomiting, insomnia, dizziness, muscle pain, diarrhea, depression, and fever.

Do I need to take atazanavir with any other antiretroviral medications?

Yes. Atazanavir is to be taken in combination with other antiretroviral medications for HIV-1.

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