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Ritonavir is medication that is used for the treatment of HIV and AIDS. It is often prescribed as a "booster" drug, to be used in combination with other HIV medicines to help increase their effectiveness. Ritonavir, which is available in capsule, tablet, and oral solution form, is usually taken twice a day. Reported side effects include weakness, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea.

What Is Ritonavir?

Ritonavir (Norvir®) is a prescription medicine that is used as a treatment for HIV and AIDS. It is always used in combination with other HIV medications. In fact, it is currently used most often to "boost" other HIV medications to increase the level of other medications in the blood, making them more effective.
(Click What Is Ritonavir Used For? for more information, including possible off-label uses.)

Side Effects of Ritonavir

As with any medicine, side effects are possible with ritonavir. However, not everyone who takes the drug will experience side effects. In fact, most people tolerate it quite well. If side effects do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or can easily be treated by you or your healthcare provider. Serious side effects are less common.
Common side effects of ritonavir include, but are not limited to:
(Click Side Effects of Ritonavir to learn more, including potentially serious side effects that you should report immediately to your healthcare provider.)
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