Proper Use

Drug information provided by: Micromedex

This medicine should come with a Medication Guide. Read and follow these instructions carefully. Ask your doctor if you have any questions.

It is important to take this medicine together with other medicines for HIV. Your dose will be based on the other medicines you are taking. Be sure to take all of the medicines your doctor ordered, and to take them at the right times.

Keep taking this medicine for the full time of treatment, even if you begin to feel better.

This medicine works best when there is a constant amount in the blood. To help do this, do not miss any doses. If you need help in planning the best times to take your medicine, check with your doctor.

Do not change your dose or stop taking this medicine without checking with your doctor first. When your supply of this medicine is running low, contact your doctor or pharmacist ahead of time. Do not allow yourself to run out of this medicine.

Swallow the tablet whole. Do not break, crush, or chew it. You may take this medicine with or without food.

Dosing

The dose of this medicine will be different for different patients. Follow your doctor's orders or the directions on the label. The following information includes only the average doses of this medicine. If your dose is different, do not change it unless your doctor tells you to do so.

The amount of medicine that you take depends on the strength of the medicine. Also, the number of doses you take each day, the time allowed between doses, and the length of time you take the medicine depend on the medical problem for which you are using the medicine.

  • For oral dosage form (tablets):
    • For treatment of HIV infection:
      • Adults and teenagers 16 years of age and older—150, 300, or 600 milligrams (mg) two times a day, taken together with other medicines. Your doctor may adjust the dose as needed.
      • Teenagers and children younger than 16 years of age—Use and dose must be determined by your doctor.

Missed Dose

If you miss a dose of this medicine, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not double doses.

If your next regular dose is less than 6 hours away, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule.

Storage

Store the medicine in a closed container at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and direct light. Keep from freezing.

Keep out of the reach of children.

Do not keep outdated medicine or medicine no longer needed.

Ask your healthcare professional how you should dispose of any medicine you do not use.