What is a Lopikast Tablet?
Lopikast Tablet is an anti-HIV drug. It is used in the treatment of patients with HIV ( human immunodeficiency virus) infection. This medication is also prescribed to relieve the symptoms and severity of AIDS ( acquired immunodeficiency syndrome). It comprises two antiretroviral formulations namely Lopinavir and Ritonavir. It is also available in the form of tablets for oral administration with a fixed strength of 200 mg/50 mg. This medicine works to interfere with the protease and stops the production of new viruses in the body.
What are Lopinavir and Ritonavir drugs used for?
Lopinavir and Ritonavir are sold under the brand name Kaletra. The combination of lopinavir and ritonavir is used with other medications to treat human immunodeficiency virus ( HIV) infection. These medicines are in a class of medications called protease inhibitors. They work to decrease the amount of HIV in the blood. When lopinavir and ritonavir are taken together, ritonavir also helps to increase the amount of lopinavir in the body so that the medication will have a greater effect. These medicines will not cure HIV but may decrease the chances of developing acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) and HIV-related illnesses such as infection or cancer.
What is HIV?
HIV stands for human immunodeficiency virus. It harms your immune system by destroying a type of white blood cell that helps the body to fight infection. This puts you at risk for serious infections and certain cancers.
What is AIDS?
AIDS stands for acquired immunodeficiency syndrome. It is the final stage of infection with HIV. It happens when the body’s immune system is badly damaged because of the virus.
- How does HIV spread?
HIV can spread in different ways:
- Through unprotected sex with a person with HIV.
- By sharing drug needles
- Through contact with the blood of a person with HIV
- From mother to baby during pregnancy, childbirth, or breastfeeding.
- What are the signs and symptoms of HIV?
The first signs of HIV infection may be flu-like symptoms:
- Night sweats
- Muscle aches
- Sore throat
- Swollen lymph nodes
- Mouth ulcers.
Before taking medicine consult your doctor. Dose and duration will be decided by the necessity and need of the patient. It depends on the treatment and may change from time to time. You should take medicine as per your doctor’s advice. This medicine is strictly not recommended for children, pregnant women, and breastfeeding mothers. It takes some weeks and months to get a better result. Do not stop taking medicine before your doctor’s advice.
The most common side effects include nausea, diarrhea, vomiting, dryness in the mouth, headache, skin rash, flu-like symptoms, and fatigue. Most of the symptoms are temporary and usually resolve with time. If these side effects become serious, you should consult with your doctor. The doctor can prevent and get relief from the side effects during the treatment.
Benefits of Lopikast Tablet
- In the treatment of HIV infection
Lopikast tablet is a combination of medicine that provides relief from symptoms of HIV such as runny nose, itchy skin, sneezing, and rash or watery eyes. This will make it easier for you to go about your daily activities. It works to block the release of the chemical substance responsible for producing symptoms. This tablet is a safe medicine that helps treat fever and makes us feel at ease. It reduces redness, rash, pain, or skin reaction. It improves all your symptoms and gets you the full benefits.
Side effects of Lopikast Tablet
There are Some major and minor side effects of this medicine. But not all side effects need doctor attention. If you observe any side effects become serious, You may consult your doctor.
Some of the common side effects of this medicine include
- Unusual sweating
- Skin rash
- Stomach ache
- Taste change
- Blurred vision
- Weight loss
- Mood changes
- Redness of skin
How is Lopikast Tablet taken?
Always take this medicine as per your doctor’s consultation. Take it with or without food by mouth every day. The dose and duration will decide by your doctor. You are not allowed to crush, chew or break the medicine. Swallow it as a whole. Drink plenty of water. Do not miss the dose. If you miss a dose skip the missed dose and follow your schedule regularly on the next day. Do not double the dose. Take medicine every day on time as prescribed by your doctor. Much other medicine can affect this medicine so let your doctor know all medications you are using during the treatment.
How does the Lopikast Tablet work?
Lopikast Tablet is a combination of two medicines. It relieves sneezing and a runny nose. It is an antiallergic that blocks a chemical messenger that is responsible for a runny nose and watery eyes. It reduces inflammation and swelling in the nose and airways and improves symptoms.