This drug is as= protease inhibitor used to help control HIV infection. It helps your immune system work better by decreasing the amount of HIV in your body so. This lowers your chance of getting HIV complications (such as new infections, cancer) and improves your quality of life. It may be given with ritonavir, another protease inhibitor, to help indinavir work better. Indinavir is not a cure for HIV infection.
How to use indinavir
Read the Patient Information Leaflet provided by your pharmacist before you start taking indinavir and each time you get a refill. If you have any questions, consult your doctor or pharmacist.
Take this medication by mouth with a full glass of water (8 ounces or 240 milliliters) on an empty stomach (at least 1 hour before or 2 hours after food), usually 3 times daily or as directed by your doctor. If upset stomach occurs, you may take it with other liquids (such as non-fat milk, apple juice, coffee, tea) or with a light meal (such as dry toast with jelly, corn flakes with non-fat milk and sugar). Avoid taking this medication with a meal high in calories, fat, and protein since this may decrease its effect. If you are directed to take ritonavir with this medication, take them both at the same times.
To help decrease the risk of kidney stones while taking indinavir, drink at least 6 full glasses (8 ounces or 240 milliliters each) of water or other liquids throughout the day.
The dosage is based on your weight, liver function, medical condition, other medications, and response to treatment.
This medication works best when the amount of drug in your body is kept at a constant level. Therefore, take this drug at evenly spaced intervals. To help you remember, take it at the same times each day.
It is very important to continue taking this medication (and other HIV medications) exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Do not take more or less of this drug than prescribed or stop taking it (or other HIV medicines) even for a short time unless directed to do so by your doctor. Skipping or changing your dose without approval from your doctor may cause the amount of virus to increase, make the infection more difficult to treat, or worsen side effects.