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The Norvir switch.




 

J Int Assoc Physicians AIDS Care. 1998 Sep;4(9):64-8. Unique Identifier

Patients on Norvir treatment regimens, who receive counseling from their physicians, may adjust more easily to switching from Norvir capsules to Norvir liquid, and may be more likely to adhere to their prescribed regimen. Physicians may want to try a tiny dose of the liquid form of Norvir to understand how the taste of the liquid may cause adherence problems. Abbott Laboratories, the manufacturer of Norvir, is unsure when the capsule form will return. Suggestions on how to mask the taste are provided, including mixing Norvir with chocolate milk or eating peanut butter before taking it. Recovering alcoholics who are taking Norvir are mildly concerned about the alcohol content of Norvir liquid. Physicians seem to believe that there is little chance that the Norvir liquid can cause recovering alcoholics to relapse. Switching to Norvir liquid should be treated as a change in medication, with the same potential for inciting anxieties and for affecting a patient's adherence.

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Information in this article was accurate in September 30, 1999. The state of the art may have changed since the publication date. This material is designed to support, not replace, the relationship that exists between you and your doctor. Always discuss treatment options with a doctor who specializes in treating HIV.