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Saquinavir is used to treat HIV-1 infection in adults. It is an antiretroviral agent and is often used in combination with ritonavir. The recommended dosage of this medicine is 1000 mg per day.

In case of overdose, you are recommended to discontinue the therapy until the toxicity resolves itself. Once the symptoms of overdose pass, you may resume taking the full dose again. Prolongation of PR and QT intervals are the side effects of this drug.

Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding must consult doctor before using this medication. It is advised to take this medication as per the direction of the doctor.

Information given here is based on the salt content of the medicine. Uses and effects of the medicine may vary from person to person. It is advisable to consult a HIV Specialist before using this medicine.

This drug is used to treat:

  • Hiv Infection

  • Hypersensitivity

A patient can suffer from the following side effects:

  • Is It safe with alcohol?

    Consult your doctor before consuming alcohol.
  • Are there any pregnancy warnings?

    Women who are pregnant must consult doctor before using this drug.
  • Are there any breast-feeding warnings?

    In case of breastfeeding, you must consult the doctor.
  • Is it safe to drive while on this medicine?

    Caution is advised when driving or operating machinery.
  • Does this affect kidney function?

    Caution should be advised in patients with severe renal impairment.
  • Are there any missed dose instructions?

    Missed dose should be taken as soon as possible. It is recommended to skip your missed dose, if it is the time for your next scheduled dose.
  • Are there any overdose instructions?

    Consult your doctor in case of overdose.

Below is the list of medicines, which contains Saquinavir as ingredient

This drug is used against the action HIV. It blocks the HIV viral protease enzyme that inhibits the division (cleavage) of the gag-pol polyprotein, leading to the formation of noninfectious, unformed viral fragments.

Whenever you take more than one medicine, or mix it with certain foods or beverages, you"re at risk of a drug interaction.

  • Interaction with Medicine


    This drug interacts with ritonavir, tipranavir, efavirenz, etc.
  • Interaction with Disease


    Do not use this medication if you suffer from liver or kidney disease.

Ques: What is Saquinavir?

Ans: This drug is used to treat HIV-1 infection in adults.

Ques: How long do I need to use Saquinavir before I see improvement in my condition?

Ans: In most of the cases, the average time taken by this medication to reach its peak effect is around 1 day to 1 week. Please consult your doctor for the time period you need to use this medication.

Ques: At what frequency do I need to use Saquinavir?

Ans: This medication is generally used once or twice a day. It is advised to consult your doctor before the usage, as the frequency also depends on the patient's condition.

Ques: Should I use Saquinavir empty stomach, before food or after food?

Ans: This medication is advised to be consumed orally. The salts involved in this medication react properly if it is taken after having food. If you take it on an empty stomach, it might upset the stomach. Please consult the doctor before using it.

Ques: What are the instructions for the storage and disposal of Saquinavir?

Ans: It should be stored at room temperature, away from heat and direct light. Keep it away from the reach of children and pets.
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What are the interactions of Saquinavir ?
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