Kaletra 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.
Some products may contain alcohol. Ask your pharmacist or healthcare provider if this medicine contains alcohol. Be sure to tell all healthcare providers you are taking this medicine. Certain medicines, like metronidazole and disulfiram, can cause an unpleasant reaction when taken with alcohol. The reaction includes flushing, headache, nausea, vomiting, sweating, and increased thirst. The reaction can last from 30 minutes to several hours.
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:
flushed, dry skin
fruit-like breath odor
loss of appetite
loss of consciousness
pains in the stomach, side, or abdomen, possibly moving to the back
unexplained weight loss
yellow eyes or skin
Incidence not known
Blistering, peeling, or loosening of the skin
chest pain or discomfort
joint or muscle pain
lightheadedness, dizziness, or fainting
red skin lesions, often with a purple center
red, irritated eyes
slow or irregular heartbeat
sores, ulcers, or white spots in the mouth or on the lips
unusual tiredness or weakness
Get emergency help immediately if any of the following symptoms of overdose occur:
Symptoms of overdose
cool, sweaty skin
decreased awareness or responsiveness
decreased urine output
fast, irregular, or pounding heartbeat
fast, shallow breathing
general feeling of discomfort
muscle pain or cramping
pounding, slow heartbeat
rapid weight gain
swelling of the face, ankles, or hands
swelling of the feet or lower legs
unusual drowsiness, dullness, tiredness, weakness, or feeling of sluggishness
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:
lack or loss of strength
trouble with sleeping
Incidence not known
Redistribution of body fat
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.