Maraviroc

What condition does Maraviroc treat?

Maraviroc is used to help control HIV infections. This medicine helps reduce the total of HIV in your body so your immune system can work properly. As a result, Maraviroc lowers your chance of getting HIV complications such as new infections or cancer. This medication may be used in people two years of age and older. A doctor usually recommends taking this medicine along with other HIV medicines.

This drug is in the class of anti-HIV medications called entry inhibitors. Maraviroc helps improve the quality of your life. This medicine is an FDA-approved prescription that comes as a film-coated tablet for oral use.

How does Maraviroc work?

Maraviroc works by blocking HIV from entering human cells. Specifically, Maraviroc is a slowly reversible, selective, minor molecule antagonist of human CCR5 and HIV interaction. It selectively binds to the human chemokine receptor CCR5 present on the membrane of CD4 cells. As a result, it prevents the exchange of HIV-1 and CCR5 necessary for CCR5-tropic HIV-1 to enter cells.

What is the recommended dosage for Maraviroc?

The recommended dosage will depend on your medical condition, age, and response. You must take medicine precisely as given. Please do not take more or less than your doctor gives it.

Maraviroc is to be taken by mouth. You may take each dose with or without a meal. Usually, patients need to take Maraviroc twice a day. The tablet is to take as a whole with a full glass of water. Do not break or chew it. Don’t forget to take it at the same time each day.

What are the side effects of Maraviroc?

  • Cold symptoms
  • Fever
  • Dizziness
  • Constipation
  • Cough
  • Nausea
  • Diarrhea
  • Bloating
  • Indigestion
  • Gas
  • Vomiting

What are the precautions in taking Maraviroc?

  • Please do not share this medication with others even they have the same situation as yours.
  • Tell your doctor if you are allergic to it. If an allergic reaction occurs, call for medical help right away and stop using the medicine. 
  • Do not breastfeed if you are taking Maraviroc.
  • During pregnancy, this medication should use only when needed. Treatment can lower the risk of passing HIV infection to your baby, and Maraviroc may be part of that treatment. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor.
  • If you missed a dose, take it right away when you remember it. If it is almost time for your next dosage, skip the missed one and continue with your regular dosing schedule.
  • Inform your doctor if you have liver problems or kidney disease.
  • Limit alcoholic beverages while having this treatment.
  • Tell your doctor what herbal products you are taking, especially St. John’s wort. It would help if you did not take St. John’s Wort during your treatment with Maraviroc.
  • You should know that your body fat may increase or move to different areas of your body, such as your breasts and upper back, while you are taking this medicine.
  • Inform your doctor if you have or have ever had chest pain, diabetes, low blood pressure, a heart attack, heart or kidney disease, high cholesterol or fats in the blood.