Giving Lexiva to Children and Treatment Tips

Lexiva Dosage for Children

Your child's healthcare provider will calculate the Lexiva dose based on your child's age and weight. Also, depending on your child's age and whether other protease inhibitors have been tried in the past, your healthcare provider may recommend combining Lexiva with Norvir, another HIV medication used to increase the level of Lexiva in the blood to make it more effective.
 
For children ages 4 weeks to 18 years, Lexiva should be taken twice daily, not once a day.
 

General Information on Dosing With Lexiva

Considerations for people taking Lexiva include the following:
 
  • The medication comes in tablet and oral suspension (liquid) form. It is usually taken by mouth once or twice a day.
     
  • You can take Lexiva tablets with or without food. However, adults should take Lexiva suspension without food, while children should take Lexiva suspension with food.
     
  • If you vomit within 30 minutes of taking Lexiva, you should take another dose, as you probably vomited up the medicine.
     
  • Be sure to shake Lexiva suspension well before each dose.
     
  • Try to take Lexiva 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 Lexiva. 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 Lexiva dosage, talk to your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist. Do not stop taking the drug without first discussing it with your healthcare provider.
     

Lexiva Drug Information

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