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General Information on Nelfinavir

Generic Name : Nelfinavir

Pronunciation : nel fin' a veer

Latest prescription information about Nelfinavir. Learn how to pronounce the drug's name, its indications, dosage, how to take, when to take, when not to take, side effects, special precautions, its storage instructions and warnings if any when taken during pregnancy. Also listed are the International and Indian trade name(s) of the drug and its price list.
ICD Code : Y41.5 | Therapeutic Classification : Antiretroviral Agents

Trade Names/Brand Names of Nelfinavir

India : 

International : 

Viracept

Why is Nelfinavir Prescribed? (Indications)

This medication is an antiretroviral agent, prescribed for HIV/AIDS. It blocks a substance that is needed for the HIV virus to multiply.

When should Nelfinavir not to be taken? (Contraindications)

Contraindicated in patients with hypersensitivity, and Co-administration with HMG-CoA reductase inhibitors, Alfuzosin, Amiodarone, Quinidine, Dihydroergotamine, Ergonovine, Ergotamine, Methylergonovine, Pimozide, Midazolam, Triazolam.

What is the dosage of Nelfinavir?

Adults: PO- The recommended dose is 1250 mg (five 250 mg tablets or two 625 mg tablets) twice daily or 750 mg (three 250 mg tablets) three times daily.

How should Nelfinavir be taken?

It comes as a tablet to take by mouth, with food.

What are the warnings and precautions for Nelfinavir?

Caution should be exercised in patients with history of diabetes, liver disease, blood clot problems, elderly, during pregnancy and breastfeeding.

It may increase/decrease body fat, monitor cholesterol level regularly while taking this medication.

It does not stop the spread of HIV to others; avoid sexual contact, sharing of needles, or injection supplies.

What are the side effects of Nelfinavir?

  Most Common: Diarrhea, nausea, flatulence and rash.
  Body as a Whole: Abdominal pain, accidental injury, allergic reaction, weakness, back pain, fever, headache, malaise, pain and redistribution/accumulation of body fat
  Gastrointestinal: Loss of appetite, indigestion, abdominal pain, gastrointestinal bleeding, liver inflammation, mouth ulceration, inflammation of pancreas and vomiting.
  Blood: Anemia, decrease in white blood cell and platelet counts.
  Metabolic: Increased liver enzyme levels, increase or decrease in cholesterol/sugar/urea in blood, dehydration and abnormal liver function tests.
  Musculoskeletal : Muscle/joint pain, joint inflammation and muscle cramps/pain/weakness.
  Central Nervous System : Anxiety, depression, dizziness, emotional lability, overactive, sleeplessness, migraine, tingling, epilepsy, sleep disorder, drowsiness and suicidal thoughts.
  Respiratory : Difficulty in breathing and inflammation of pharynx/nose/sinus.
  Skin: Skin inflammation/infections, rash, itching, sweating and hives.
  Eye and ENT : Eye inflammation.
  Genitourinary: Kidney stones, sexual dysfunction and urine abnormality.

What are the other precautions for Nelfinavir?

Follow the instructions carefully.

What are the storage conditions for Nelfinavir?

Store it at controlled room temperature (15 to 30C).

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