PROTEASE INHIBITOR (PI)
Invirase is a prescription drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat HIV-1 infection in combination with other antiretroviral medications. Invirase can be used by people 16 years and older. Invirase is also referred to by its drug name, Saquinavir, and by the abbreviation SQV.
Invirase is an antiviral medication of the protease inhibitor (PI) class. Invirase is believed to work by preventing HIV from replicating in cells.
How do I take it?
Prescribing information states that Invirase is taken twice daily.
Invirase comes in tablet and capsule forms.
The FDA-approved label for Invirase lists common side effects including nausea, diarrhea, stomach pain, weakness, and changes in the shape or location of body fat.
Rare but serious side effects listed for Invirase include chest pain, rapid heart rate, trouble breathing or swallowing, extreme weakness, or signs of a new infection.
For more details about this treatment, visit:
Invirase – RxList
Overview of HIV Treatments – AIDS.gov