What should I know before taking this drug
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Nelfinavir is available at your pharmacy store with the prescription of registered medical practitioner.
Nelfinavir pronounced as: nel FIN a veer
Nelfinavir is an anti infective / anti viral drug.
Nelfinavir is an anti viral drug used in the treatment of HIV (Human immune deficiency virus) infection which causes AIDS (Acquired immune deficiency syndrome).
Take Nelfinavir medication exactly as directed by your doctor. If do not understand these instructions ask your pharmacist, nurse or doctor to explain them to you.
Nelfinavir should be taken with food with one glass of water at regular intervals as prescribed by your doctor.
Do not skip any doses. Continue to take it even when you feel better. You must complete the entire course of medication.
Do not stop nelfinavir medication abruptly without the advice of your doctor.
- Always remember to inform your health expert if you are currently taking any OTC or other prescription drugs like
- other drugs for HIV infection(Didanosine),
- cholesterol lowering drugs( simvastain,lovastatin)
- antiarrhythmics (amiodarone, disopyramide, quinidine)
- Antifungal( itraconazole, ketoconazole)
- Medication for erectile dysfunction( Viagra)
- Anticonvulsants(carbamazapine, phenobarbitone, phenytoin)
- Inform your doctor if you have following medical conditions as Nelfinavir should be used cautiously in the below mentioned conditions
- Liver disease
- High cholesterol or triglyceride levels
- History of bleeding disorder( Haemophilia)
- Nelfinavir decreases the efficacy of birth pills. Discuss other non hormonal methods (condom, diaphragm, spermicical jelly’s) with your doctor to avoid pregnancy.
Do not take nelfinavir if you are hypersensitive to it.
Pregnant woman: Nelfinavir belongs to FDA pregnancy category B. This means that nelfinavir is safe during pregnancy and is not expected to cause any harm to the unborn baby. Always inform your doctor if you are pregnant or are planning for conception.
Lactating women: It is not known whether nelfinavir passes into breast milk or if it could harm the baby. Do not take nelfinavir with out first talking to doctor if you are breast feeding baby.
If you are a diabetic monitor your sugar levels closely as nelfinavir is known to increase blood sugar levels.
Nelfinavir is available in the form of tablet.
Use as directed by your physician, your physician prescribes depending on the severity of disease.
Use the complete course of medication as prescribed by your physician even though you feel better after one or two days of usage of medication.
For detailed dosage information, consult your doctor who will prescribe you depending on the severity of the disease.
If it is almost the time of the next dose, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule. Do not take two doses at same time to cover up the missed dose.
In case of overdose contact your nearest poison control centre or emergency medical centre for immediate care by physician. The overdose symptoms of nelfinavir are not known.
Nelfinavir may causes following side effects like
- Unequal distribution of body fat
Consult your doctor immediately if notice following symptoms.
- Easy bruising or bleeding
- Symptoms of new infection like fever cough, cold etc
Store nelfinavir at room temp (15 – 30 degrees C). Avoid excessive heat, moisture or direct sunlight, never store in the bathroom.
Keep it out of reach of children. Make sure that any leftover portion is disposed off safely.
Nelfinavir decreases the effectiveness of birth control pills. Always discuss with your doctor regarding other non hormonal contraceptive methods.
HIV virus can transmit infection to the newborn baby via breast milk. Hence breast feeding should not be done.
HIV can pass to the unborn baby if the mother is not treated adequately during pregnancy. Therefore consult your doctor regularly and take medication as prescribed to prevent transmission.
Always visit your doctor regularly for thorough check up and laboratory test to monitor your condition and look for possible side effects of medication.
The powder form of nelfinavir may contain phenylalanine. Talk to your doctor before using this form of nelfinavir if you have phenylketonuria (PKU).
It is imp to read manufacturing packaging instruction carefully if available and always do not hesitate to consult pharmacist or physician for any information.
Written by: Healthplus24 team