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Side Effects of Ritonavir

Nausea, high cholesterol, and diarrhea are some of the most commonly reported side effects of ritonavir. While side effects are typically minor, some are potentially serious -- even life-threatening. Contact your healthcare provider right away if you experience such ritonavir side effects as unusual or unexplained bleeding, a change in body fat distribution, and signs of an allergic reaction.

Side Effects of Ritonavir: An Introduction

As with any medicine, side effects are possible with ritonavir (Norvir®); 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.
(This article covers many, but not all, of the possible side effects with ritonavir. Your healthcare provider can discuss a more complete list of ritonavir side effects with you.)

Side Effects of Ritonavir to Report

Some side effects with ritonavir, while occurring infrequently, are potentially serious and should be reported to your healthcare provider right away. These include but are not limited to:
  • Signs of liver damage, such as:
    • Fatigue or a general ill feeling (malaise)
    • Loss of appetite
    • Nausea
    • Yellow eyes or skin (jaundice)
    • Tenderness near the liver (the upper-right abdomen)
    • Pale stools
  • High blood sugar (hyperglycemia)
  • Anemia
  • Symptoms of inflammation of the pancreas (pancreatitis), such as:
    • A tender or swollen abdomen
    • Nausea and vomiting
    • Fever
    • A rapid heart rate (tachycardia)
    • Rapid breathing
  • Changes in the distribution of fat on your body (such as a "buffalo hump")
  • Unusual or unexplained bleeding
  • Signs of an allergic reaction, such as:
    • A rash
    • Hives
    • Itching
    • Swelling of the mouth or throat
    • Wheezing
    • Difficulty breathing.

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