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Side Effects of Tipranavir

Fever, nausea, and diarrhea appear to be the most common side effects of tipranavir. Less common side effects (occurring in less than 2 percent of people taking the medication) include indigestion or heartburn, weight loss, and gas. While tipranavir side effects are typically minor, potentially serious side effects that require medical attention include unusual bleeding or bruising, depression, and an allergic reaction.

Side Effects of Tipranavir: An Introduction

As with any medicine, side effects are possible with tipranavir (Aptivus®); 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 tipranavir. Your healthcare provider can discuss a more complete list of tipranavir side effects with you.)

Side Effects of Tipranavir to Report

Some side effects with tipranavir, while occurring infrequently, are potentially serious and should be reported immediately to your healthcare provider. These include but are not limited to:
  • Depression
  • Signs of bleeding in the brain, such as:
    • Decreased consciousness
    • Nausea and vomiting
    • Severe headache
    • Seizures
    • Confusion
  • 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)
  • Any unusual or unexplained bleeding or bruising
  • Changes in the distribution of fat on your body (such as a "buffalo hump")
  • High cholesterol or high triglycerides
  • Signs of an allergic reaction, such as:
    • A rash
    • Hives
    • Itching
    • Swelling of the mouth or throat
    • Wheezing
    • Difficulty breathing.

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