Tips for Taking Liquid Ritonavir (Norvir) by Lisa Hirschhorn, MD, DIMOCK Community Health Center, Roxbury, MA
Due to problems in making the ritonavir 100mg capsules, everyone will need to switch to ritonavir in liquid form. The total time needed to fix the problem and produce new capsules is unknown, so you may be on the liquid for next several months.
The ritonavir solution has a minty-bitter tastes that is unpleasant. How bad it is depends on whom you ask and how your own taste buds react.
To help with managing the taste of the liquid, we offer the following suggestions:
Other suggestions are:
It is important to be aware that the liquid Norvir (ritonavir) contains alcohol (400mg is equal to approx. 1/6 of a shot of a whisky). We do not know if this will show up in a tox screen (we are checking). If you are on Antabuse or taking Flagyl (metronidazole), you need to notify your provider before taking liquid retonavir. People who are in recovery should discuss with their provider if they have concerns that liquid retonavir might compromise their sobriety.
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