Saquinavir: Protease Inhibitor for HIV Treatment

Saquinavir is a protease inhibitor medication used in the treatment of HIV and AIDS. It works by blocking the action of an enzyme that is essential for the replication of the HIV virus, helping to reduce viral load in the body.
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Drug
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Available with a prescription from infectious disease specialists
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Prepared by Shruti Sahoo, reviewed by Dr. Eugene Smith

Saquinavir FAQ

What is saquinavir used for?

Saquinavir is used in combination with ritonavir (Norvir) and other medications to treat human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection. Saquinavir is in a class of medications called protease inhibitors. It works by decreasing the amount of HIV in the blood.

What are the side effects of saquinavir (Invirase)?

Saquinavir (Invirase) is an oral medication that is used for treating infections with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). Side effects of saquinavir include changes in the shape or location of body fat, feeling tired, nausea, diarrhea, and stomach pain.

Does saquinavir cure HIV or AIDS?

Saquinavir is an antiviral medicine that prevents human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) from multiplying in your body. Saquinavir is used together with ritonavir to treat HIV, the virus that can cause acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS). Neither saquinavir nor ritonavir will cure HIV or AIDS.

How does saquinavir work (mechanism of action)?

How does it work (mechanism of action)? Saquinavir is an oral medication that is used for treating infections with the human immunodeficiency virus ( HIV ). It is in a class of drugs called protease inhibitors which also includes indinavir ( Crixivan ), nelfinavir ( Viracept) and ritonavir ( Norvir ).

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