It is very important that your doctor check your or your child's progress at regular visits to make sure this medicine is working properly. Blood tests may be needed to check for unwanted effects.
Serious skin and allergic reactions can occur with this medicine. These could be life-threatening and require immediate medical attention. Stop using this medicine and check with your doctor right away if you have a severe rash; blistering, peeling, or loosening of the skin; fever or chills; muscle or joint pain; sores or ulcers on the skin; swelling of the face, lips, tongue, or throat; unusual tiredness or weakness; or yellowing of the eyes or skin while you or your child are using this medicine.
When you start taking HIV medicines, your immune system may get stronger. If you or your child have infections that are hidden in your body, such as pneumonia or tuberculosis, you may notice new symptoms when your body tries to fight them. If this occurs, tell your doctor immediately.
This medicine will not keep you from giving HIV to your partner during sex. Make sure you understand this and practice safe sex, even if your partner also has HIV, by using a latex condom or other barrier method. This medicine will also not keep you from giving HIV to other people if they are exposed to your blood. Do not re-use or share needles with anyone.
Do not take other medicines unless they have been discussed with your doctor. This includes prescription or nonprescription (over-the-counter [OTC]) medicines and herbal or vitamin supplements.