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What is Nelfinavir used for?

Nelfinavir is an antiviral medication used to treat human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection. This drug belongs to a class of drugs known as protease inhibitors. Nelfinavir is used in combination with other medications for the treatment of HIV infection or AIDS. It prevents HIV cells from multiplying in your body. This medicine may also be used to treat other conditions as determined by your doctor.

What is the recommended dosage of Nelfinavir?

The dosage of Nelfinavir prescribed to each patient will vary. Always follow your physician’s instructions and/or the directions on the prescription drug label.

Nelfinavir can be taken with food.

What if you miss a dose of Nelfinavir?

If your physician has instructed or directed you to take Nelfinavir medication in a regular schedule and you have missed a dose of this medicine, take it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, then skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not double the doses unless otherwise directed.

What if you overdose on Nelfinavir?

Any medication taken in excess can have serious consequences. If you suspect an overdose of Nelfinavir, seek medical attention immediately.

What other drugs could interact with Nelfinavir?

It may be noted that drugs other than those listed above may also interact with Nelfinavir.

Usually drug interactions occur when it is taken with another drug or with food. Before you take a medication for a particular ailment, you should inform the health expert about intake of any other medications including non-prescription medications, over-the-counter medicines that may increase the effect of Nelfinavir, and dietary supplements like vitamins, minerals and herbal, so that the doctor can warn you of any possible drug interactions.

Nelfinavir can interact with antidepressants and calcium channel blockers.

Do let your doctor know if you smoke, consume alcohol or caffeinated drinks, or use illegal drugs as these may interfere with the action of your medication. Make sure to inform your doctor of any medical conditions you may have, or any family history of medical problems. Do not start or stop using any medicine without consulting your doctor.

What are the side effects of Nelfinavir?

Like other medicines, Nelfinavir can cause some side effects. If they do occur, the side effects of Nelfinavir are most likely to be minor and temporary. However, some may be serious and may require the individual to inform the doctor or visit the nearest hospital immediately.

It is pertinent to note that side effects of Nelfinavir cannot be anticipated. If any side effects of Nelfinavir develop or change in intensity, the doctor should be informed as soon as possible.

Nelfinavir can cause side effects such as nausea, vomiting, headache, diarrhea, stomach pain, loss of appetite and changes in mood. This is not a complete list of all side effects. Do concur with your doctor and follow his directions completely when you are taking Nelfinavir.

What are the questions to ask your doctor before taking Nelfinavir?

Is it possible for me to take Nelfinavir with other drugs?
Should certain beverages, foods and other products be avoided when I take Nelfinavir?
What are the possible drug interactions of Nelfinavir?
How will Nelfinavir work in my body?
How should Nelfinavir be taken?
How to reduce the risk of Nelfinavir drug interactions and side effects?

Note

The health and medical information provided here is intended to supplement and not substitute for the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacists or other health care professional. It should not be understood to indicate that the use of Nelfinavir is safe, appropriate or effective for you. Always consult your health care professional before using this, or any other, drug.

 

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