Prezista – uses, health risks, and side effects at NaturalPedia.com

Tuesday, September 18, 2018 by

Prezista is a drug used for the treatment of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), which can cause acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS). Prezista belongs to a class of medications called protease inhibitors. This drug works by reducing the amount of HIV in the blood. Even though it does not cure HIV, it may lower a person’s chance to develop AIDS and HIV-related illnesses, such as serious infections or cancer.

Prezista comes as a tablet and oral liquid that is usually taken orally with food and in combination with ritonavir and other medications once or twice a day. Prezista should not be used by people who are allergic to darunavir, ritonavir, or sulfa drugs and those with a severe liver disease, diabetes, or a bleeding disorder. It should also not be taken with the following:

  • alfuzosin
  • cisapride
  • colchicine
  • dronedarone
  • elbasvir and grazoprevir
  • ergot medicines such as dihydroergotamine, ergotamine, and methylergonovine
  • lovastatin or simvastatin
  • lurasidone
  • pimozide
  • ranolazine
  • rifampin
  • sildenafil
  • St. John’s wort
  • triazolam or oral midazolam

Darunavir is the generic name of Prezista.

Known side effects of Prezista

Prezista can cause an allergic reaction with signs such as hives, difficulty breathing, and swelling in the face or throat. It can also cause a severe skin reaction with symptoms such as fever, sore throat, burning eyes, skin pain, and red or purple skin rash with blistering and peeling.

Prezista commonly causes nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, stomach pain, headache, rash, and changes in the shape or location of body fat, especially in the arms, legs, face, neck, breasts, and waist. It may also cause a new infection, difficulty speaking or swallowing, problems with balance or eye movement, weakness or prickly feeling, swelling in the neck or throat, menstrual changes, or impotence.

Body systems that may be harmed by Prezista

The body systems harmed by Prezista include the gastrointestinal, metabolic, dermatologic, nervous, hepatic, immune, and psychiatric systems.

Food items or nutrients that may prevent Prezista’s side effects

The following foods items may help prevent and treat nausea, one of the common side effects of Prezista:

  • Applesauce
  • Banana
  • Bland, starchy foods like rice, potatoes, and noodles
  • Chamomile tea
  • Chicken soup
  • Cold foods like chilled fruits, ice cream, and yogurt
  • Crackers
  • Ginger
  • Peppermint tea
  • Pretzels
  • Protein-rich foods
  • Toast
  • Water

Treatments, management plans for the Prezista’s side effects

The following are natural remedies for some of the common side effects of Prezista:

  • Diarrhea: Diarrhea can be treated by drinking plenty of water to avoid dehydration and eating a bland diet.
  • Headache: A headache can be treated naturally by taking ginger, using peppermint or lavender oil, applying cinnamon paste on your forehead, using thyme essential oil, stretching, drinking basil tea, and eating apples.
  • Skin rashes: Skin rashes can be treated naturally by applying a cool compress, soaking in an oatmeal bath, or trying a baking soda bath.

Where to learn more

Summary

Prezista is a protease inhibitor drug used to treat HIV.

Prezista works by reducing the amount of HIV in the blood.

Prezista can cause an allergic reaction and a severe skin reaction.

Prezista commonly causes nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, stomach pain, headache, rash, and changes in the shape or location of body fat, especially in the arms, legs, face, neck, breasts, and waist.

Prezista can also cause a new infection, difficulty speaking or swallowing, problems with balance or eye movement, weakness or prickly feeling, swelling in the neck or throat, menstrual changes, or impotence.

Sources include:

Drugs.com 1

Drugs.com 2

MedlinePlus.gov

RxList.com

Healthline.com

EverydayHealth.com

Food.NDTV.com

RD.com



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