Indinavir prevents human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) cells from multiplying in your body. Indinavir is the active ingredient in the popular medication Crixivan manufactured by Merck. Indinavir offers highly effective treatment of HIV symptoms, and is one of the top prescribed medications of this category!
Indinavir is also marketed as: Crixivan.
Indinavir is an antiviral medication in a group of HIV medicines called protease inhibitors. Indinavir prevents human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) cells from multiplying in your body. Indinavir is used to treat HIV, which causes acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS). Indinavir is not a cure for HIV or AIDS.
Take exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Do not take in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended. Follow the directions on your prescription label.
This medication comes with patient instructions for safe and effective use. Follow these directions carefully. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions.
Take Indinavir with a full glass (8 ounces) of water or skim milk. You may also drink juice, coffee, or tea with this medication. Drink at least 6 glasses of water each day to prevent kidney stones while you are taking Indinavir.
Indinavir should be taken on an empty stomach, at least 1 hour before or 2 hours after a meal.
If you prefer to take the medication with food, eat only a light meal, such as dry toast with jelly, or corn flakes with skim milk and sugar. Avoid eating a high-fat meal.
Use Indinavir regularly to get the most benefit. Get your prescription refilled before you run out of medicine completely.
Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Stop taking Indinavir and call your doctor at once if you have any of these serious side effects:
Less serious side effects may include:
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur.
Before taking Indinavir, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or if you have any other allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details.
Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: high blood fat levels (cholesterol/triglycerides), diabetes, hemophilia, kidney problems (including kidney stones), heart problems (coronary artery disease, heart attack), liver problems.
If you also take didanosine, take it 1 hour before or after you take Indinavir, on an empty stomach.
Taking this medication will not prevent you from passing HIV to other people. Do not have unprotected sex or share razors or toothbrushes. Talk with your doctor about safe ways to prevent HIV transmission during sex. Sharing drug or medicine needles is never safe, even for a healthy person.
Many drugs can interact with Indinavir. Below is just a partial list. Tell your doctor if you are using:
This list is not complete and there are many other drugs that can interact with Indinavir.
If you are less than 2 hours late in taking your medicine, take the missed dose as soon as you remember. Skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next scheduled dose. Do not take extra medicine to make up the missed dose.
Store at room temperature away from moisture and heat.