Maraviroc (By mouth)
Treats human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection. HIV causes acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS). This medicine does not cure HIV or AIDS, but it may help slow the progress of the disease.
When This Medicine Should Not Be Used
How to Use This Medicine
- Take your medicine as directed.
- Swallow the tablet whole. Do not crush, break, or chew it.
- This medicine works best if you take it at the same time each day and do not miss any doses. Refill your prescription on time so you do not run out of medicine.
- This medicine should come with a Medication Guide. Ask your pharmacist for a copy if you do not have one.
- Missed dose: If you miss a dose or forget to use your medicine, use it as soon as you can. If your next regular dose is less than 6 hours away, wait until then to use the medicine and skip the missed dose.
- Store the medicine in a closed container at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and direct light.
Drugs and Foods to Avoid
Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.
- Some medicines can affect how maraviroc works. Tell your doctor if you are using St John's wort, boceprevir, clarithromycin, itraconazole, ketoconazole, nefazodone, rifampin, telaprevir, or telithromycin.
- Also tell your doctor if you are using medicine to treat seizures (such as carbamazepine, phenobarbital, phenytoin), other medicine to treat HIV or AIDS (such as atazanavir, delavirdine, efavirenz, etravirine, lopinavir/ritonavir, ritonavir), or medicine to lower blood pressure.
Warnings While Using This Medicine
- Tell your doctor if you are pregnant, or if you have kidney disease, liver disease (including hepatitis B or C), heart or blood vessel disease, low blood pressure, or had a heart attack.
- Do not breastfeed. You can spread HIV or AIDS to your baby through your breast milk.
- This medicine may cause the following problems:
- Liver problems
- Serious skin reactions
- Increased risk of infection or cancer
- Your immune system may get stronger when you start taking HIV medicines. Tell your doctor right away if you notice any changes in your health. Sometimes the immune system will start to fight infections that were hidden in your body, such as pneumonia, herpes, or tuberculosis.
- This medicine may make you dizzy or drowsy. Do not drive or do anything else that could be dangerous until you know how this medicine affects you. Stand or sit up slowly if you feel lightheaded or dizzy.
- This medicine will not keep you from giving HIV to others. Always practice safe sex, even if your partner also has HIV. Do not share needles or other items that may have blood or body fluids on them.
- Your doctor will do lab tests at regular visits to check on the effects of this medicine. Keep all appointments.
- Keep all medicine out of the reach of children. Never share your medicine with anyone.
Possible Side Effects While Using This Medicine
Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:
- Allergic reaction: Itching or hives, swelling in your face or hands, swelling or tingling in your mouth or throat, chest tightness, trouble breathing
- Blistering, peeling, or red skin rash
- Chest pain that may spread to your arms, jaw, back, or neck, trouble breathing, unusual sweating
- Dark urine or pale stools, nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, stomach pain, yellow skin or eyes
- Dizziness, lightheadedness, or faintness
- Fever, chills, cough, runny or stuffy nose, sore throat, and body aches
If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:
If you notice other side effects that you think are caused by this medicine, tell your doctor
Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088
- Last reviewed on 8/4/2014
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