Proper Use

Drug information provided by: IBM Micromedex

Take this medicine exactly as directed by your doctor. Do not change the dose or stop using this medicine without checking first with your doctor. 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.

This medicine is always taken with ritonavir (Norvir®). Take these two medicines at the same time, unless your doctor tells you otherwise.

This medicine comes with a patient information insert. Read and follow these instructions carefully. Read it again each time you refill your prescription in case there is new information. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions.

It is important that darunavir be taken with food.

Swallow the tablet whole with water or milk. Do not crush, break, or chew it.

If you are using the oral liquid, shake the bottle well before measuring each dose. Use the dosing syringe that comes with the package to measure each dose.

If you also use didanosine (Videx®), take it at least 1 hour before or 2 hours after taking this medicine and ritonavir.

Keep using this medicine for the full treatment time, even if you feel better after the first few doses. Do not stop using this medicine without checking first with your doctor. If you stop the medicine even for a short time, the virus may become harder to treat. Contact your doctor or pharmacist when your supply is running low so you do not run out.

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 forms (suspension or tablets):
    • For HIV infection (patient already had HIV treatment):
      • For patients with no darunavir resistance associated substitution:
        • Adults—800 milligrams (mg) (one 800 mg tablet or 8 milliliters [mL]) once a day with 100 mg (1.25 mL) of ritonavir (Norvir®).
        • Children 3 to 17 years of age and weighing 15 kilograms (kg) or more—Dose is based on body weight and must be determined by your doctor. However, the dose is usually 600 to 800 mg (6 to 8 mL) of darunavir once a day with 100 mg (1.25 mL) of ritonavir (Norvir®).
        • Children 3 to 17 years of age and weighing 10 kg to less than 15 kg—Dose is based on body weight and must be determined by your doctor. However, the dose is usually 350 to 490 mg (3.6 to 5 mL) of darunavir once a day with 64 to 96 mg (0.8 to 1.2 mL) of ritonavir (Norvir®).
        • Children younger than 3 years of age—Use is not recommended.
      • For patients with at least one darunavir resistance associated substitution:
        • Adults—600 milligrams (mg) (one 600 mg tablet or 6 mL) 2 times a day with 100 mg (1.25 mL) of ritonavir (Norvir®).
        • Pregnant patients—600 mg taken with 100 mg of ritonavir (Norvir®) 2 times a day.
        • Children 3 to 17 years of age and weighing 15 kilograms (kg) or more—Dose is based on body weight and must be determined by your doctor. However, the dose is usually 375 to 600 mg (3.8 to 6 mL) of darunavir taken with 48 to 100 mg (0.6 to 1.25 mL) of ritonavir (Norvir®) 2 times per day.
        • Children 3 to 17 years of age and weighing 10 kg to less than 15 kg—Dose is based on body weight and must be determined by your doctor. However, the dose is usually 200 to 280 mg (2 to 2.8 mL) of darunavir taken with 32 to 48 mg (0.4 to 0.6 mL) of ritonavir (Norvir®) 2 times per day.
        • Children younger than 3 years of age—Use is not recommended.
    • For HIV infection (patient never had HIV treatment):
      • Adults—800 milligrams (mg) (one 800 mg tablet or 8 milliliters [mL]) of darunavir once a day with 100 mg (1.25 mL) of ritonavir (Norvir®).
      • Children 3 to 17 years of age and weighing 15 kilograms (kg) or more—Dose is based on body weight and must be determined by your doctor. However, the dose is usually 600 to 800 mg (6 to 8 mL) of darunavir once a day with 100 mg (1.25 mL) of ritonavir (Norvir®).
      • Children 3 to 17 years of age and weighing 10 kg to less than 15 kg—Dose is based on body weight and must be determined by your doctor. However, the dose is usually 350 to 490 mg (3.6 to 5 mL) of darunavir once a day with 64 to 96 mg (0.8 to 1.2 mL) of ritonavir (Norvir®).
      • Children younger than 3 years of age—Use is not recommended.

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.

Storage

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.

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

Keep the oral liquid in its original container. Do not refrigerate or freeze it.