More Info on Viracept's Indications

How Does Viracept Work?

Viracept 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.
 
HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) is the virus that causes AIDS. 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 (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.
 
Viracept 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.
 
Viracept is not a cure for HIV or AIDS. It can help stop HIV from infecting uninfected cells in the body, but it does not help cells that have already been infected with the virus.
 

Viracept Use in Children

Viracept is approved for treating HIV or AIDS in children as young as two years old. Talk with your child's healthcare provider about the benefits and risks of using Viracept in children.
 

Off-Label Viracept Uses

On occasion, your healthcare provider may recommend Viracept for treating something other than HIV infection and AIDS. This is called an "off-label" use. At this time, Viracept 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).
 

Viracept Drug Information

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