What condition does Fosamprenavir Calcium treat?
Fosamprenavir Calcium is used to help control HIV infection. It helps to lessen the amount of HIV in your body. As a result, it will help your immune system work well. This prescription is used along with another HIV medication. This medication will lower your chance of getting HIV complications. It will also improve your quality of life.
Fosamprenavir Calcium is a prodrug of amprenavir. It is an inhibitor of HIV protease. This drug is supplied as tablets for oral use. In the year 2003, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved this medication.
How does Fosamprenavir Calcium work?
Fosamprenavir Calcium is quickly hydrolyzed to amprenavir via cellular phosphatases in the gut epithelium as it is absorbed. This drug interferes with this process by binding to the active site of HIV-1 protease. It prevents the process of viral Gag and Gag-Pol polyprotein precursors. It results in the formation of immature non-infectious viral particles.
What is the recommended dosage for Fosamprenavir Calcium?
This medication is to be taken by mouth. It is usually taken once or twice a day. You may take it with or without food. The dosage is based on your medical condition and response.
Remember to take it at the same time every day. Take it exactly as it is prescribed. Do not take it longer or more than it is given to you. It may cause the amount of the virus to increase and make the infection more difficult to treat.
This medication controls HIV infection but does not cure it. Continue to take this medicine even if you feel well. Do not stop taking it without talking to your doctor. If you miss doses or stop taking this medicine, your condition may become more difficult to treat.
What are the side effects of Fosamprenavir Calcium?
Common side effects:
- Stomach or abdominal pain
- Numbness or tingling especially around your mouth
- Mood changes
- Changes in the shape or location of body fat especially in your legs, arms, face, or waist
What are the precautions in taking Fosamprenavir Calcium?
- Before taking this drug, tell your doctor if you have any allergies. This may have an inactive ingredient that causes an allergic reaction.
- Tell also your doctor if you have any medical history or current medications/treatments.
- You must know that while you are taking medicines to treat HIV infection, your immune system might get stronger and start to fight other infections that were already in your body. This may cause you to develop symptoms of those infections. If you have new or worsening symptoms at any time during your treatment with this prescription, be sure to tell your doctor.
- This medication may not be recommended for pregnant or breastfeeding women. Discuss the risks and benefit with your doctor before using.
- You should know that your body fat may increase or move to different areas of your body such as your breasts and upper back.
- Keep this at a dry and clean place away from the heat and moisture.