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How Long Does Viracept Take To Work

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AIDS InfoNet


...cause diarrhea in many people with HIV. The use of combination antiretroviral therapy has greatly reduced the rates of these problems. Antiretroviral Medications: These can cause diarrhea. This is often true with nelfinavir (Viracept), ritonavir (Norvir), Kaletra (lopinavir plus ritonavir), ddI (Videx), foscarnet (Foscavir), tipranavir (Aptivus) and interferon alfa (Roferon or Intron). Other causes: Taking antibiotics can kill off...
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how long meds work

dear dr holodniy,a friend of mine told me that the meds for hiv only work for about 15 years or so. i,m myself hiv positive. i,m on viracept/ combivar, the only side effect i have is the dihrea. my friend tells me he is on viramunne and something...
Mark Holodniy, M.D., F.A.C.P., C.I.C.

Response from Mark Holodniy, M.D., F.A.C.P., C.I.C.

Stanford University, School of Medicine
...successfully when your viral load is undetectable. You probably will have less or no diarrhea with viramune. We don't know how long meds will work, because we are still writing the book on the success of these meds. Triple combination therapy has... Read more »


I was diagnosed HIV+ in 1999 and I started HAART with Viracept+Combivir. It works very well. I am a long time undetectable amd my cd are around 650-780. I am fine, no big problems: work, gym, jogging, travels. No signs od lipodistrophy. The only...
Eric Daar, M.D.

Response from Eric Daar, M.D.

UCLA School of Medicine
...Anytime you change medications that are working there is a risk, both of new side effects and viral rebound. If CombivirTM and ViraceptTM were your first regimen and you have always been undetectable then the risk of changing to another potent... Read more »

Boosted medication

Dear Dr.I am currently taking fortovase 600 mg twice a day, viracept 5 pills twice a day and viread once a day. Since they no long make fortovase I am switching that to invirase boosted with norvir. Since norvir boosts all proteases, how much will...
Gerald Pierone, M.D.

Response from Gerald Pierone, M.D.

AIDS Research and Treatment Center of the Treasure Coast
...There is minimal boosting of Viracept by Norvir making it the one exception in the protease inhibitor class. Since your viral load is detectable it is possible that Read more »

Viracept Diarrhea and Imodium AD

I have been having diarrhea and audible stomach growling ever since I started taking Viracept approximately 8 months ago. The side effects have not gone away or even lessened. The only remedy that works is Imodium AD, but I am not sure if it can...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
...You might want to try taking the Immodium AD an hour before your Viracept dose on a regular basis for several weeks. Then , you can try to decrease the Immodium by dropping one of the Immodium doses Read more »
U.S. Food and Drug Administration

Important Information About Viracept

... Viracept (nelfinavir mesylate) is a protease inhibitor antiretroviral medicine used in combination with other anti-HIV medications to Read more »
The Well Project

HIV Drugs and the HIV Lifecycle

... Norvir (ritonavir) Prezista (darunavir or TMC-114) Reyataz (atazanavir) Viracept (nelfinavir) Fixed-Dose Combinations Although not a separate class, there... Read more »
The Well Project


...but in most cases it doesn't hurt to try. It is thought that calcium carbonate helps the most if your diarrhea is caused by Viracept (nelfinavir) or Kaletra (lopinavir+ritonavir). Probiotics: these are the "good bacteria" normally found in your... Read more »
Project Inform

Systemic Candidiasis

...There are drug interactions that have been observed including with anti-HIV drugs, specifically efavirenz (Sustiva), nelfinavir (Viracept) and nevirapine (Viramune). The recommendation is to increase the daily dose to 70 mg if a person is taking... Read more »
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RE:how long meds work

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
...Hi pals. I was wondering if anyone on the regimen: Viracept+Combivir has any idea how good this regimen is. I want to know what's the average period of time some of you have been on these Read more »

How long should I wait for testing to work?

Posted by Anonymous, 4 Replies
My girlfriend watched a video in school saying that it could take ten years, while testing every five months, to determine if you have AID's. Is there any truth to that? Read more »

How long does it take for meds to work?

Posted by Anonymous, 3 Replies
...of under 20, the viral load is now 325 and cd4 is 35. I've heard it takes 3-6 months to get the viral load undetectable and longer to get the cd4 back over 200. Does anyone have any experience with going from AIDS back to HIV status? Read more »

How are you doing on meds?

Posted by Anonymous, 3 Replies having side effects? Are there any other problems associated with taking them? How are you managing taking the pills at work (if you have to take them at work and if you are still keeping the secret.) Do you have any words of advice? Read more »