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What side effects can EVOTAZ cause?
EVOTAZ may cause side effects in some people. Some of the side effects caused by EVOTAZ can be serious.
Talk to your prescribing physician about any side effect that may be bothering you. Your prescribing physician can work with you to manage side effects throughout your treatment.
The common moderate-to-severe side effects of EVOTAZ seen in a clinical study are:
6% or 21 of 344 patients experienced yellowing of the skin
5% or 17 of 344 patients experienced a skin rash
4% or 14 of 344 patients experienced yellowing of the white parts of the eyes
2% or 7 of 344 patients experienced nausea
2% or 7 of 344 patients experienced diarrhea
2% or 7 of 344 patients experienced headache
EVOTAZ can cause serious side effects, including:
If you develop any of these symptoms call a healthcare provider right away:
- A change in the way your heart beats (Arrhythmia)
Symptoms of heart rhythm change may include: dizziness or light headedness.
- Skin rash
Skin rashes are common with EVOTAZ and can be severe. Skin rashes often go away within two weeks without any change in treatment. Severe rash may develop with other symptoms which could be serious. If you develop a severe rash with any of the following symptoms, call your healthcare provider or go to the nearest hospital emergency room right away: general feeling of discomfort or “flu-like” symptoms; fever; muscle or joint aches; red or inflamed eyes; blisters; mouth sores; swelling of your face; or a painful, warm, or red lump under your skin.
- Kidney problems
Taking EVOTAZ with certain drugs can cause kidney problems, including kidney failure, to appear or get worse. Kidney stones have also happened in people taking atazanavir, which is a part of EVOTAZ. Symptoms of kidney problems may include: pain in your low back or low stomach area, blood in your urine, or pain when you urinate.
- Chronic kidney disease
EVOTAZ may affect how well your kidneys work. Your healthcare provider will do blood and urine tests to check your kidneys before you start EVOTAZ and during treatment.
- Gallbladder problems
Gallbladder problems have appeared in people taking atazanavir. Noticeable symptoms may include: Yellowing of the skin or the white part of your eyes, pain in the right or middle upper stomach area, fever, nausea and vomiting.
- Liver problems
Liver problems, such as hepatitis B or C may get worse. Noticeable symptoms may include: Yellowing of the skin or the white part of your eyes, dark (“tea colored”) urine, light colored stools, itching, pain in the stomach area, and nausea.
Your prescribing physician will do blood tests before and during your treatment on EVOTAZ to check liver function.
- Yellowing of the skin or the white part of your eyes
This may happen due to increases in bilirubin levels (a byproduct of the liver).
- Changes in your immune system (Immune Reconstitution
General inflammatory responses and other autoimmune responses can appear when you start taking HIV medicines.
- Diabetes and high blood sugar (hyperglycemia)
Diabetes and high blood sugar have appeared, or gotten worse, in some people who take protease inhibitor drugs like atazanavir in EVOTAZ.
You may need to start using a diabetes drug or change diabetes drugs that you are already on.
- Changes in body fat
Changes in the amount and distribution of body fat may appear in people taking HIV drugs.
The exact cause and long-term health effects are still unknown.
- If you have hemophilia
Protease inhibitors, such as atazanavir in EVOTAZ, have been known to cause increased bleeding in hemophilia patients.