Nelfinavir review

Nelfinavir an anti-HIV drug commonly called as protease inhibitors. This drug works by delaying the spread of HIV virus in the body. Nelfinavir is not intended to cure HIV and could not prevent a person in developing HIV, AIDS and other similar diseases.

Nelfinavir is prescribed to patients who have Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS) infection. This drug is usually given together with other anti-HIV medicine. It is being distributed under the trade name Viracept.

Nelfinavir comes in a form of a tablet or powder that can be orally administered. This medicine can be taken 2 to 3 times daily with food or depending on the prescription of your doctor.

The powder variant of the medicine can be mixed with milk, water, and dietary supplements. You must mix the medicine well in order to get the full dose.

You must not stop or increase your dosage with the approval of the doctor. Stopping your medication will only worsen your condition while increasing your dosage may lead to overdose.

Patients under medication with Nelfinavir may experience some side effects. Some patients may experience diarrhea. Anti-diarrhea medicines can be used in order to stop or control the side effect.

Others may experience loss of appetite, nausea, stomach pain, and rash. There are also cases of increase in blood sugar which causes blurred vision, extreme thirst, extreme hunger, weakness, and frequent urination.

There are also cases that patients could develop diabetic ketoacidosis, a life-threating health condition that shows symptoms like vomiting, decreased consciousness, dry mouth, and difficulty in breathing.

If any of the side effects occur, you must seek immediate medical attention.

There are several precautions you should be aware of before undergoing medication with Nelfinavir to avoid serious health problems and complications.

You must make a list of all the drugs you are using including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, nutritional products and herbal medicines. Show the list to your doctor or if you are going to a hospital for treatment.

There are certain drugs that should not be combined with Nelfinavir. Some of these drugs include midazolam (Versed), amiodarone (Cordarone), quinidine (Quinidex), terfenadine (Seldane), triazolam (Halcion), astemizole (Hismanal), cisapride (Propulsid), and drugs called ergot derivatives. Combining these drugs with Nelfinavir may lead to life threatening condition because of interactions.

Nelfinavir is capable of decreasing the effectiveness of birth control drugs. It is best to consult your doctor and ask for the best birth control method you can use to prevent getting pregnant. Patients who are positive with HIV infections and are using Nelfinavir should not breastfeed a baby.

In case you get pregnant while under medication, you should inform your doctor immediately. You must also inform your doctor if you have other health problems like hemophilia, liver problem, and diabetes.

Do not share this drug to anyone. This drug is prescribed only according to the health condition of a patient. You must store it away from children’s reach.

Nelfinavir has the following structural formula:

Chemical structure of nelfinavir

• Molecular formula of nelfinavir is C32H45N3O4S
• Chemical IUPAC Name is 2-[2-hydroxy-3-(3-hydroxy-2-methyl-benzoyl)amino-4-phenylsulfanyl-butyl]- N-tert-butyl-1,2,3,4,4a,5,6,7,8,8a-decahydroisoquinoline-3-carboxamide
• Molecular weight is 567.784 g/mol
Nelfinavir available : 250mg tablets and 625mg tablets

Brand name(s): Viracept

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