Viracept - Prescription Medication for HIV

Viracept is a prescription medication used in the treatment of HIV infection. It falls under the class of drugs known as protease inhibitors. Viracept works by inhibiting the activity of the HIV protease enzyme, thus reducing viral replication.
Where to get
Obtainable with a prescription at pharmacies
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Prepared by Shruti Sahoo, reviewed by Dr. Eugene Smith

Viracept FAQ

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What is Viracept used for?

VIRACEPT is a prescription anti-HIV medicine used with other anti-HIV medicines to treat human immunodeficiency virus (HIV-1) infection. VIRACEPT is a type of anti-HIV medicine called a protease inhibitor. HIV-1 is the virus that causes AIDS ( Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome).

What is Viracept (nelfinavir)?

Viracept (nelfinavir) is a protease inhibitor. Protease cuts viral proteins into smaller pieces so the HIV virus can infect your cells. When protease is stopped by the medication, the HIV virus cannot make copies of itself and infect healthy cells. What is Viracept (nelfinavir) used for?

What are the side effects of Viracept?

The most frequent adverse event associated with VIRACEPT is diarrhea, which can usually be controlled with non-prescription drugs, such as loperamide, which slow gastrointestinal motility. VIRACEPT is not a cure for HIV-1 infection and patients may continue to experience illnesses associated with HIV-1 infection, including opportunistic infections.

Does Viracept cure HIV infection or AIDS?

VIRACEPT does not cure HIV infection or AIDS, and you may continue to experience illnesses associated with HIV-1 infection, including opportunistic infections. You should remain under the care of a doctor when using VIRACEPT. Patients must stay on continuous HIV therapy to control infection and decrease HIV-related illness

What is the efficacy of Viracept?

The efficacy of VIRACEPT is based on analyses of multiple clinical studies in HIV-1 infected antiretroviral treatment-naïve and experienced adult patients.

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