A generic drug is a copy of the brand-name drug with the same dosage, safety, strength, quality, consumption method, performance, and intended use. Before generics become available on the market, the generic company must prove it has the same active ingredients as the brand-name drug and works in the same way and in the same amount of time in the body.
The only differences between generics and their brand-name counterparts is that generics are less expensive and may look slightly different (eg. different shape or color), as trademarks laws prevent a generic from looking exactly like the brand-name drug.
Generics are less expensive because generic manufacturers don't have to invest large sums of money to develop a drug. When the brand-name patent expires, generic companies can manufacture a copy of the brand-name and sell it at a substantial discount.
This medicine is a combination of two HIV protease inhibitors used along with other medicines to manage human immunodeficiency virus (HIV).
Follow the directions for using this medicine provided by your doctor. An additional patient information leaflet is available with this medicine. Read it carefully. Ask your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist any questions that you may have about this medicine. SWALLOW WHOLE. Do not break, crush, or chew before swallowing. This medicine may be taken on an empty stomach or with food. IF YOU ARE ALSO TAKING DIDANOSINE, this medicine may be taken at the same time. Take it without food in this instance. STORE THIS MEDICINE at room temperature between 68 and 77 degrees F (20 and 25 degrees C), in a tightly closed container, away from heat, moisture, and light. Brief storage between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 and 30 degrees C) is permitted. CONTINUE TO TAKE THIS MEDICINE even if you feel well. THIS MEDICINE WORKS BEST when there is a constant level of this medicine in your body. It is important not to miss doses of this medicine. IF YOU MISS A DOSE OF THIS MEDICINE, take it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. DO NOT take 2 doses at once.
LOPINAVIR (low-PIN-uh-veer) and RITONAVIR (ri-TOE-na-veer)
SIDE EFFECTS that may occur while taking this medicine include diarrhea, headache, nausea, stomach pain, or tiredness or weakness. If they continue or are bothersome, check with your doctor. CHANGES IN BODY FAT MAY OCCUR while you are taking this medicine (such as increased fat in the upper back and stomach areas, decreased fat in the arms and legs). The cause and long-term effects of these changes are unknown. Discuss any concerns with your doctor. CHECK WITH YOUR DOCTOR AS SOON AS POSSIBLE if you experience confusion, unusual drowsiness, flushed face, increased thirst, unusual hunger, increased urination, vomiting, or severe nausea or stomach pain. CONTACT YOUR DOCTOR IMMEDIATELY if you experience pale stools, fever, chills or sore throat dark urine or yellowing of the eyes or skin. AN ALLERGIC REACTION to this medicine is unlikely, but seek immediate medical attention if it occurs. Symptoms of an allergic reaction include rash, itching, swelling, dizziness, or trouble breathing. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist.