Learning More About Agenerase Indications
How Does Agenerase Work?Agenerase is part of a group of HIV medications known as protease inhibitors. These medicines work by blocking a process that the HIV virus needs in order to multiply.
Like other viruses, HIV must use a person's own cells to reproduce. Once inside an infected cell, the HIV virus uses the cell to make DNA, which enables it to make new HIV viruses that can spread to other cells. The DNA is made in long strands that must be clipped into shorter, usable strands using enzymes called proteases.
Agenerase is a protease inhibitor, which means that it stops protease enzymes from clipping DNA into short strands. Because the long, unclipped DNA strands cannot be used to make new viruses, this helps to stop the spread of HIV to uninfected cells. Agenerase is not a cure for HIV or AIDS, however. Although the drug can help prevent the HIV virus from infecting healthy cells in the body, it cannot help cells that have already been infected with the virus.