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What side effects can REYATAZ cause?
REYATAZ may cause side effects in some people. Some of the side effects caused by REYATAZ can be serious.
Talk to your prescribing physician about any side effect that may be bothering you. Your prescribing physician can work with you to help manage side effects throughout your treatment.
The most common side effects include:
- stomach-area pain
- trouble sleeping
- numbness, tingling, or burning of hands or feet
- muscle pain
The most severe but less common side effects of REYATAZ, and their symptoms, are:
If you develop any of these symptoms call a healthcare provider right away:
- A change in the way your heart beats (Arrhythmia)
Symptoms of heart rhythm change may include: dizziness or light headedness. These could be symptoms of a heart problem
- Skin rash
Skin rashes are common with REYATAZ but can sometimes be severe and may develop with other symptoms which could be serious. If you develop a severe rash or a rash with any of the following symptoms, stop taking REYATAZ and call your healthcare provider or go to the nearest hospital emergency room right away: general feeling of discomfort or “flu-like” symptoms, fever, muscle or joint aches, red or inflamed eyes, blisters, mouth sores, swelling of your face, or a painful, warm, or red lump under your skin.
- Liver problems
Liver problems, such as hepatitis B or C, may get worse. Noticeable symptoms may include: dark (“tea colored”) urine, yellowing of the skin or the white part of your eyes, light-colored stools, nausea, itching, or pain in the stomach area.
- Chronic kidney disease
REYATAZ may affect how well your kidneys work. Your healthcare provider will do blood and urine tests to check your kidneys before you start REYATAZ and during treatment. Drink plenty of fluids during treatment with REYATAZ.
- Kidney stones
Kidney stones have occurred in some people taking REYATAZ and sometimes may lead to hospitalization. Symptoms may include: pain in your low back or low stomach area, blood in your urine, or pain when you urinate.
- Gallbladder stones
Gallbladder problems have occurred in people taking REYATAZ and sometimes may lead to hospitalization. Symptoms may include: pain in the right or middle upper stomach area, fever, nausea and vomiting, or yellowing of the skin or the white part of your eyes.
- Yellowing of the skin or the white part of your eyes
This may occur due to increases in bilirubin levels in your blood (bilirubin is made by the liver). It is common with REYATAZ, and usually not harmful in adults and infants older than 3 months of age, but it could also be a symptom of a serious problem. Tell your healthcare provider right away if your skin or the white part of your eyes turns yellow.
- New or worsening diabetes and high blood sugar
Diabetes and high blood sugar have occurred, or gotten worse, in some people who take protease inhibitor medicines like REYATAZ. Some people may need to start diabetes medicine or change their dose of their diabetes medicine.
- Changes in your immune system (Immune Reconstitution
General inflammatory responses and other autoimmune responses can occur when you start taking HIV-1 drugs. Tell your healthcare provider if you have any new symptoms after starting REYATAZ.
- Changes in body fat
Changes in the amount and distribution of body fat may appear in people taking HIV-1 drugs. The exact cause and long-term health effects are still unknown.
Protease inhibitors, such as REYATAZ, have been known to cause increased bleeding in people with hemophilia.