What is Viracept used for?
Viracept (active ingredient: nelfinavir) is an antiviral medication. It helps to prevent human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) cells from multiplying within your body.
Viracept is used as a treatment for HIV, the virus that can lead to acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS).
HIV and AIDS are not cured by Viracept.
Frequently Asked Questions About Viracept
Take Viracept exactly as you’re instructed to by your doctor. Follow the directions on your prescription label as well as those contained within the medication guide. Do not take this medication more or less often or in quantities other than what is prescribed to you.
Viracept is most effective when taken with food.
You should swallow the Viracept tablet whole. If you cannot swallow it whole, dissolve the tablet in a small amount of water. Stir the mixture and drink it all immediately. In order to get the entire dose, add a little more water to the same glass, swirling gently, and drink it right away.
If your child uses Viracept, tell your doctor immediately if they have any changes in weight. Viracept dosages in children are based around weight, and significant weight changes may affect the appropriate dose for children.
Use Viracept on a regular basis to get the maximum benefit. Always ensure you refill your prescription before you’ve completely run out of medication.
HIV/AIDS is generally treated using a combination of medications. Use all of the medications in your treatment plan exactly as told by your physician. Always read the patient guide and medication instructions upon each refill. Do not adjust your doses in any way without first consulting with your doctor. Anyone living with HIV or AIDS should be under a doctor’s care.
HIV/AIDS is usually treated with a combination of drugs. Use all medications as directed by your doctor. Read the medication guide or patient instructions provided with each medication. Do not change your doses or medication schedule without your doctor’s advice. Every person with HIV or AIDS should remain under the care of a doctor.
You may need frequent blood tests while using Viracept.
Drug interactions can affect the way your medications work. It may increase your risk of experiencing negative side effects, or interfere with how your medications function. The following drugs interact with Viracept:
This is not an exhaustive list of drugs that interact with Viracept. You should always keep your doctor updated on all the medications you take including prescription and non-prescription drugs as well as any over the counter treatments. If you have further queries about drug interactions you can reach out to our pharmacists for counselling at this number: 1-844-416-4282.
As well as the required effects of Viracept, nelfinavir (the active ingredient) is known to cause undesirable side effects. You are not likely to experience all of these side effects, but some may need medical attention if they do occur.
Check in with your doctor immediately if you notice the following:
- Dry or itchy skin
- Fruity mouth odor
- Increased hunger
- Increased thirst
- Increased urination
- Unusual tiredness or weakness
- Weight loss
Incidence not known
- Abdominal or stomach pain
- Clay-colored stools
- Dark urine
- Difficulty with breathing
- Irregular heartbeat
- Loss of appetite
- Muscle tremors
- Noisy breathing
- Rapid, deep breathing
- Recurrent fainting
- Skin rash
- Stomach cramps
- Tightness in the chest
- Unpleasant breath odor
- Vomiting of blood
- Yellow eyes or skin
Some side effects of Viracept may occur that don’t usually require medical attention. These side effects are most likely to go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medication. Check with your physician if any of the following side effects become bothersome or if you have questions regarding them:
- Intestinal gas
- Redistribution or accumulation of body fat
This is not a complete list of Viracept side effects. If you notice any side effects not present here, reach out to your doctor immediately.
DISCLAIMER: The following information is aimed at consumers of Viracept and is a summary of information regarding this medication. This is not meant to replace professional medical advice. You should always reach out to your doctor if you have any questions about your medications or treatment. This summary does not contain all available information about Viracept and does not guarantee that this is the right medication for you.