No pharmaceutical opinion available for this interaction.
Atazanavir / ritonavir may possibly inhibit the metabolism (CYP 3A4) and consequently increase the plasma concentration of Lovastatin.
3A4, P-gp/3A4 > 2D6, P-gp
Ritonavir: 1A2, 2C9, 2C19, UGT, 2B6, 3A4 (auto-induction)
3A4, UGT1A1, P-gp E et 2C8/3A4 > 2D6 > 2A6, 2E1, P-gp, MRP2
3A4 (major); P-gp
2C9 and 2D6, 3A4 (weak); P-gp
Possible increased risk of HMG CoA inhibitor toxicity.
Contraindicated. Use alternative.
See atorvastatin, rosuvastatin and pravastatin.
Symptoms of toxicity associated with hypolipidemic agents : gastrointestinal effects, fatigue and muscular weaknesses, myalgias, muscular cramps, myopathies, rhabdomyolysis and myoglobinuria leading to renal insufficiency.
Due to the significant first-pass effect of lovastatin and simvastatin in the liver via CYP3A4, coadministration of these drugs with PIs is contraindicated. Cases of rhabdomyolysis have been reported.
A pharmacokinetic study with simvastatin 40 mg QD and saquinavir/ritonavir 400/400 mg BID demonstrated a 30-fold increase in simvastatin AUC.