More Details on Lexiva's Indications

How Does Lexiva Work?

Lexiva 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.
 
Lexiva is a protease inhibitor, which means that it stops protease enzymes from clipping DNA into short strands. Since the long, unclipped DNA strands cannot be used to make new viruses, this helps stop the spread of HIV to other uninfected cells. Lexiva is not a cure for HIV or AIDS, however. It can help stop HIV from infecting healthy cells in the body, but it does not help cells that have already been infected with the virus.
 

Lexiva Uses in Children

Lexiva is approved for treating HIV and AIDS in children as young as four weeks old. It has not been adequately studied in newborns younger than this. Talk with your child's healthcare provider about the benefits and risks of using the drug in children.
 

Off-Label Lexiva Uses

On occasion, your healthcare provider may recommend Lexiva for treating something other than HIV infection and AIDS. This is called an "off-label" use. At this time, Lexiva is used off-label to prevent HIV infection in people exposed to the HIV virus (such as a healthcare worker who comes in contact with a contaminated needle stick). This is called postexposure prophylaxis (PEP).
 

Lexiva Drug Information

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