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Brand name: Viracept Generic name: nelfinavir, or NFV Class: Protease inhibitor (PI) Manufacturer: ViiV Healthcare, , (877) 844-8872 AWP: $919.44/month for 250 and 625 mg tablets Standard Dose: 1,250 mg taken as either two 625 mg tablets or five 250 mg tablets twice daily with food. Take missed dose as soon as possible, unless it is closer in time to your next dose. Do not double up on your next dose....
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Viracept/Saquinivir ALWAYS better than justViracept?

Dr. Gallant: In a couple of your answers you've said that Viracept (as well as Ritonivir) greatly strengthens the otherwiseweak Saquinivir against HIV in combo therapy with nukes. My boyfriend just got d4T/3TC +Viracept prescribed to him ashis...
Joel Gallant, M.D.

Response from Joel Gallant, M.D.

Johns Hopkins University, School of Medicine
Nelfinavir (Viracept) does not "greatly strengthen" saquinavir (the way ritonavir does), but it does modestly enhance saquinavir levels. While with ritonavir you can take reduced doses of saquinavir, the same is not the case with... Read more »

abacavir,3tc,viracept use throughout pregnancy

I know the textbook answer (treat the woman,class c, etc.,etc.), but I'm looking for other information (even behind the scenes talk) that may ease my mind about using these drugs during first trimester and beyond. Are a lot of Drs continuing...
John L. Sullivan, M.D.

Response from John L. Sullivan, M.D.

University of Massachusetts, Medical School
You present a complex issue; you are right in being concerned about viral load, there is no question that risk of maternal to child transmission is lowest[close to zero] for both in utero and intrapartum[ labor and delivery] forms of transmission... Read more »

About Viracept(Nelfinavir).

Can you please introduce the new protease inhibitor Viracept(Nelfinavir)? I would like to know moreabout it. What is the dosage? What are some of its side effects? How does it affect CD4 cell count andviral load?...
Cal Cohen, M.D., M.S.

Response from Cal Cohen, M.D., M.S.

Harvard Medical School
Nelfinavir (Viracept) is the fourth protease inhibitor to be approved by the FDA. The dose is 750 mg (three 250 mg capsules) three times daily. It should be taken with food, and does not have to be taken exactly every 8 hours. The most common... Read more »

Viracept side effects

I started taking Viracept right after it was approved by the FDA in March. I am also on D4T and 3TC. I switched to Viraceptfrom Crixivan because I was having difficulty with the Crixivan schedule. About a week after I began taking Viracept Istarted...
Cal Cohen, M.D., M.S.

Response from Cal Cohen, M.D., M.S.

Harvard Medical School
I don't know what you mean by an "air born bacteria" causing diarrhea. If it causes diarrhea but is spread through the air, I'd hate to even speculate on the mode of transmission. Do you perhaps mean... Read more »
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