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What should I know about ritonavir before taking it?

You'll take ritonavir with other HIV drugs rather than by itself. Tell your doctor about all of the medications and vitamins you're taking, since many interact adversely with ritonavir. Some may even cause life-threatening side effects. Follow your healthcare provider's instructions regarding doses. You can't take ritonavir if you're allergic to the drug or any of its ingredients. Consult your doctor if you have diabetes, high cholesterol, liver or heart disease, a bleeding disorder, or are pregnant or trying to get pregnant. Ritonavir does not prevent the spread of HIV from person to person, so continue to use protection when engaging in sexual activity.

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