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In studies, abdominal pain, vomiting, and nausea were some of the most common side effects reported with Crixivan. Side effects that occurred in 1 to 3 percent of people included fever, cough, and drowsiness. Although Crixivan side effects are minor in most cases, it is possible to develop serious problems that require immediate medical attention, such as high blood sugar, an allergic reaction, or kidney stones.

Crixivan Side Effects: An Introduction

As with any medicine, side effects are possible with Crixivan® (indinavir sulfate); however, not everyone who takes the medication will experience side effects. In fact, most people tolerate it quite well. When side effects do occur, in most cases they are minor and either require no treatment or can easily be treated by you or your healthcare provider.
(This article covers many, but not all, of the possible side effects with Crixivan. Your healthcare provider can discuss a more complete list of Crixivan side effects with you.)

Common Side Effects of Crixivan

Crixivan has been studied thoroughly in clinical trials. In these studies, the side effects that occur in a group of people taking the drug are documented and are then compared to side effects that occur in another group of people not taking the medicine. This way, it is possible to see what side effects occur, how often they appear, and how they compare to the group not taking the medicine.
In these studies, the most common Crixivan side effects included:
  • Abdominal pain (stomach pain) -- in up to 16.6 percent of people
  • Nausea -- up to 11.7 percent
  • Back pain -- up to 8.4 percent
  • Vomiting -- up to 8.4 percent
  • Headaches -- up to 5.4 percent
  • Diarrhea -- up to 3.3 percent
  • Dizziness -- up to 3 percent.
Other common Crixivan side effects (occurring in 1 to 3 percent of people) included:
  • Weakness or fatigue
  • Fever
  • A general ill feeling (malaise)
  • Acid reflux
  • Increased or decreased appetite
  • Indigestion or heartburn
  • Yellow skin (jaundice)
  • Drowsiness
  • Cough
  • Painful urination
  • Taste changes.
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