ARV Facts

Facts about Antiretroviral Drugs

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Active substance: Ritonavir
Manufacturer: Abbott Laboratories (USA)

Extract from the prescribing information:

"Patients should be informed that NORVIR is not a cure for HIV infection and that they may continue to acquire illnesses associated with advanced HIV infection, including opportunistic infections. Patients should be told that the long-term effects of NORVIR are unknown at this time."

Known side effects: more immune deficiency

“Hemic and Lymphatic System: Acute myeloblastic leukaemia, anemia, ecchymosis, leukopenia, lymphadenopathy, lymphocytosis, myeloproliferative disorder, and thrombocytopenia.”

Leukopenia = Decrease of all white blood cells
Thrombocytopenia = Low levels of platelets (blood cells required for coagulation) due to toxic effects of ARVs on blood cell formation in the bone marrow

The above has been extracted from the Norvir prescribing information on the Abbott Laboratories webpages.