Darunavir Drug Information
The prescription medicine darunavir ethanolate (Prezista™) is licensed for the treatment of HIV/AIDS; however, it is only approved for use with ritonavir (Norvir®). The medication should not be given alone. Giving it as part of an "HIV cocktail" helps ensure the product's effectiveness.
As a protease inhibitor, darunavir stops protease enzymes from clipping DNA into short strands. Since the long, unclipped strands cannot be used to make new viruses, this helps stop the spread of HIV to other uninfected cells. This product is not a cure for HIV or AIDS; however, it can help stop the virus from infecting healthy cells in the body.
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