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Viracept Patient Information including How Should I Take
In this Article
- What is nelfinavir (Viracept)?
- What are the possible side effects of nelfinavir (Viracept)?
- What is the most important information I should know about nelfinavir (Viracept)?
- What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking nelfinavir (Viracept)?
- How should I take nelfinavir (Viracept)?
- What happens if I miss a dose (Viracept)?
- What happens if I overdose (Viracept)?
- What should I avoid while taking nelfinavir (Viracept)?
- What other drugs will affect nelfinavir (Viracept)?
- Where can I get more information?
What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking nelfinavir (Viracept)?
You should not take this medication if you are allergic to nelfinavir, or if you have moderate or severe liver disease.
Life-threatening side effects may occur if you take nelfinavir with alfuzosin (Uroxatral), amiodarone (Cordarone, Pacerone), lovastatin (Mevacor, Altoprev, Advicor), midazolam (Versed), quinidine (Quin-G), pimozide (Orap), rifampin (Rifadin, Rimactane, Rifater), sildenafil (Revatio for pulmonary arterial hypertension), simvastatin (Zocor, Simcor, Vytorin, Juvisync), St. John's wort, triazolam (Halcion), or an ergot medicine such as Ergomar, Ergotrate, Cafergot, Wigraine, D.H.E. 45, Migranal, or Methergine.
To make sure you can safely take nelfinavir, tell your doctor if you have any of these other conditions:
- liver disease;
- kidney disease;
- a bleeding disorder such as hemophilia; or
- high cholesterol or triglycerides.
FDA pregnancy category B. This medication is not expected to be harmful to an unborn baby, but HIV can be passed to your baby if you are not properly treated during pregnancy. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant during treatment. Take all of your HIV medicines as directed to control your infection.
If you are pregnant, your name may be listed on a pregnancy registry. This is to track the outcome of the pregnancy and to evaluate any effects of nelfinavir on the baby.
Nelfinavir can make birth control pills less effective. Ask your doctor about using a non-hormone method of birth control (such as a condom or diaphragm with spermicide) to prevent pregnancy while taking nelfinavir.
You should not breast-feed while you are using nelfinavir. Women with HIV or AIDS should not breast-feed at all. Even if your baby is born without HIV, you may still pass the virus to the baby in your breast milk.
Do not give this medication to a child younger than 2 years old.
How should I take nelfinavir (Viracept)?
Take exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Do not take in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended. Follow the directions on your prescription label.
This medication comes with patient instructions for safe and effective use. Follow these directions carefully. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions.
Nelfinavir works best if you take it with food.
Swallow the nelfinavir tablet whole.
If you cannot swallow a whole tablet, dissolve it in a small amount of water. Stir this mixture and drink all of it right away. To make sure you get the entire dose, add a little more water to the same glass, swirl gently and drink right away.
Use nelfinavir regularly to get the most benefit. Get your prescription refilled before you run out of medicine completely.
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.
To be sure this medication is helping your condition, your blood may need to be tested often. Visit your doctor regularly.
Store this medicine in the original container at room temperature away from moisture and heat.
Additional Viracept Information
- Viracept Drug Interactions Center: nelfinavir oral
- Viracept Side Effects Center
- Viracept Overview including Precautions
- Viracept FDA Approved Prescribing Information including Dosage
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