Giving Kaletra to Children and Detailed Guidelines

Kaletra Dosage for Children

Your child's healthcare provider will calculate the Kaletra dose using your child's weight or body surface area (a calculation that takes into account both height and weight). In all cases, for children and adolescents (under the age of 18 years old), Kaletra should be given twice a day (not once a day, as is sometimes done in adults). If your child takes certain other HIV medications, a higher-than-usual dose may be recommended.
 
The oral solution of Kaletra may be especially useful for children, as many children cannot swallow tablets. Also, unlike the tablets, the solution allows for many different doses and can easily be adjusted as your child grows.
 
Kaletra oral solution contains alcohol and propylene glycol, which can be dangerous to infants if too much is given. This is especially important for newborns and premature babies. Your healthcare provider should closely track the total dose of alcohol and propylene glycol your baby has received from all sources (such as from other medications) in order to avoid serious problems.
  

General Information on Dosing With Kaletra

Considerations for people taking Kaletra include the following:
 
  • The medication comes in tablet and oral solution (liquid) form. It is usually taken by mouth once or twice daily.
     
  • You can take Kaletra tablets with or without food. If it bothers your stomach, try taking it with food. Kaletra oral solution must always be taken with food.
     
  • Do not break, chew, or crush Kaletra tablets.
     
  • Try to take Kaletra at the same time(s) every day to maintain an even level in your blood.
     
  • For the medication to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed. It is very important that you closely follow your healthcare provider's instructions about taking Kaletra. Missing doses can increase the chance of the virus developing resistance to the drug, thereby making it less effective.
     
  • If you are unsure about anything related to your Kaletra dosage, please talk to your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist. Do not stop taking the drug without first discussing it with your healthcare provider.
     

Kaletra Medication Information

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