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    Information about Nelfinavir

    Nelfinavir uses

    Nelfinavir is used in the treatment of HIV infection.

    How nelfinavir works

    Nelfinavir is an anti-HIV medication. It works by interfering with an enzyme (protease), which is required by HIV-infected cells to make new viruses. This stops the production of new viruses.

    Common side effects of nelfinavir

    Rash, Headache, Dizziness, Vomiting, Crystals in urine, Nausea, Abdominal pain, Dyspepsia, Paresthesia (tingling or pricking sensation), Throat pain, Increased liver enzymes, Diarrhea, Blood in urine, Peripheral neuropathy (tingling and numbness of feet and hand), Cough, Taste change, Increased cholesterol level in blood, Increased triglyceride level in blood, Protein in urine
    Content Details
    Written By
    Dr. Love Sharma
    PhD (Pharmacology), PGDPRA
    Reviewed By
    Dr. Shilpa Garcha
    MD (Pharmacology), MBBS
    Last updated on:
    27 Dec 2019 | 01:08 PM (IST)
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    Expert advice for Nelfinavir

    • Your blood glucose levels should be monitored regularly as development and worsening of diabetes have been reported during nelfinavir treatment.
    • Tell your doctor if you have liver or kidney functioning problems, bleeding disorder (hemophilia),  phenylketonuria (a serious hereditary disorder) or high blood cholesterol or triglycerides.
    • You should be monitored regularly for signs of any infection or inflammatory reactions indicating changes in immune system.
    • Nelfinavir is not recommended for use in children aged below 3 years.
    • Treatment with nelfinavir along with other anti-HIV medications can cause lipodystrophy (changes in body fat - build up or loss of body fat) usually resulting in increase of fat in breasts, neck, chest, stomach, upper back and loss of fat from legs, arms, and face.
    • You must take necessary precautions (practicing safer sex and making other life-style changes) to avoid spreading of HIV virus to others.
    • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant.

    Frequently asked questions for Nelfinavir


    Q. What is Nelfinavir used for?

    Nelfinavir is a protease inhibitor used for the treatment for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection, along with other medications (other antiretroviral agents).

    Content on this page was last updated on 27 December, 2019, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)