Nelfinavir is used in the treatment of HIV infection.
How it works
Nelfinavir is an antiretroviral medication belonging to the class, protease inhibitors. It works by inhibiting the action of a viral enzyme called protease, which is essential for maturation of the HIV virus resulting in the production of immature, non-infectious virus and reducing the number of HIV causing virus in the body.
Common side effects
Vomiting, Nausea, Kidney stone, Abdominal pain, Acne-like rash, Anxiety, Back pain, Bloody diarrhea, Cardiac disorder, Flatulence, Increased creatine level in blood, Increased blood urea, Loss of appetite, Muscle pain
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- 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
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).