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Lopimune is an antiviral medication that contains two active ingredients: ritonavir and lopinavir. It works by preventing HIV from multiplying in the human body, so patients take it to treat HIV, but Lopimune isn't a cure for AIDS and HIV.
Recommendations for Use
Lopimune can be taken both with and without food. You need regular blood tests when undergoing this treatment. The right dosage is based on your individual tolerance and other health factors. If this medication is prescribed to children, their parents need to monitor any changes in weight. Doses for kids are also based on their weight.
Contraindications and Precautions
You shouldn't use Lopimune if you have any possible allergic reactions to its active ingredients. Report any medical conditions that you have to your doctor to ensure this treatment is safe for you. For example, your physician must know if you have any pancreas problems, diabetes, liver diseases, heart conditions, bleeding disorders, and low potassium levels in the blood. It's not clearly known if Lopimune can harm unborn babies.
Its intake makes birth control patches and pills less effective, so you need to use other non-hormonal methods, including condoms, to prevent unwanted pregnancy. This medicine isn't approved to be used by anyone who is less than 14 years old. Its use may cause serious health problems, especially if you combine it with some other drugs. Call doctors if you have pounding or fast heartbeats, chest pain with headaches, and severe dizziness. Avoid drinking any alcoholic beverages when taking Lopimune.
There are many medications that may potentially interact with Lopimune. That's why you need to tell your physician about any other meds that you're taking before starting this treatment to avoid possible drug interactions. They can be dangerous because they affect the way Lopimune works and increase its side effects. Don't take it along with such drugs as antifungals, antibiotics, cancer meds, antivirals, St. John's wort, ergot medications, ED pills, Blood pressure and heart medicines, narcotic painkillers, anti-seizure drugs, steroids, statin cholesterol-lowering meds, pills to prevent blood clots and organ transplant rejection, and drugs to treat schizophrenia, severe depression, and pulmonary arterial hypertension.
If you experience any signs of allergic reactions when taking Lopimune, including severe swelling, hives, and difficulty breathing, you need to go to the hospital immediately. There are some severe side effects that can be caused by this medication, but they are very rare. Stop this treatment and get medical help if you have severe pain in the upper stomach, severe vomiting and nausea, headaches with angina and fainting, dizziness, pounding or fast heartbeats, increased urination and thirst, loss of appetite, dark urine, jaundice, and clay-colored stools. The intake of Lopimune may also cause severe skin reactions, burning in the eyes, sore throat, skin pain, peeling, and blistering.
Sometimes, it increases the risk of specific autoimmune disorders and infections by altering the way the immune system works. Inform your physician if you have any signs of new infections, dry cough, swollen glands, night sweats, weight loss, cold sores, feeling anxious, wheezing, shortness of breath, difficulty swallowing or speaking, and some others. Lopimune causes mild side effects, including vomiting, diarrhea, nausea, high blood cholesterol levels, and changes in the location and shape of your body fat.
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