More Info on Reyataz Indications

How Does Reyataz Work?

Reyataz is part of a group of HIV medications known as protease inhibitors. These medicines work by blocking a process that the HIV virus needs in order to multiply.
 
Like other viruses, HIV must use a person's own cells to reproduce. Once inside an infected cell, the virus uses the cell to make DNA, which enables it to make new HIV viruses that can spread to other cells. The DNA is made in long strands that must be clipped into shorter, usable strands using enzymes called proteases.
 
Reyataz is a protease inhibitor, which means that it stops protease enzymes from clipping DNA into short strands. Since the long, unclipped DNA strands cannot be used to make new viruses, this helps stop the spread of HIV to other uninfected cells.
 
Reyataz is not a cure for HIV or AIDS, however. It can help stop HIV from infecting healthy cells in the body, but it does not help cells that have already been infected with the virus.
 

Reyataz Uses in Children

Reyataz should not be used in infants younger than three months old, due to the risk of severe jaundice (which can cause brain damage). Talk with your child's healthcare provider about the benefits and risks of using Reyataz in children.
 

Off-Label Reyataz Uses

On occasion, your healthcare provider may recommend Reyataz for treating something other than HIV infection and AIDS. This is called an "off-label" use. At this time, the drug is used off-label to prevent HIV infection in people exposed to the HIV virus (such as a healthcare worker who comes in contact with a contaminated needle stick). This is called postexposure prophylaxis (PEP).
 

Reyataz for HIV/AIDS

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