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Viracept Medication - Uses & Side Effects

Viracept is one of the drugs used to fight HIV, the human immunodeficiency virus that causes AIDS. It works by interfering with an important step in the virus's reproductive cycle.

Viracept Dosage

  • For adults, the usual starting dose is 1,250 milligrams twice a day or 750 milligrams 3 times a day.
  • The safety and effectiveness of Viracept in children below age 2 have not been established.

Uses of Viracept

  • It is used to treats HIV, the human immunodeficiency virus that causes AIDS.
  • It may also be used to treats other medical conditions those are listed in this medication guide.

Side Effects of Viracept

Before taken Viracept medicine, you should discuss the side effects with your doctor. If any develop or change in intensity, then you should inform your doctor as soon as possible. Because only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking Viracept. Side effects may include:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Gas
  • Loss of strength
  • Nausea
  • Skin rash

Warnings and precautions before taking Viracept:

  • If you are using oral contraceptives, then you may need to take other measures. Because viracept dramatically reduces the effectiveness of the Pill.
  • If you are taking Viracept, then it may trigger diabetes or make existing diabetes worse. If this occurs, you may have to start taking insulin or oral diabetes medication.
  • People with hemophilia type A and B may experience increased bleeding. If this happens, alert your doctor immediately. Make sure, too, that your doctor is aware of any liver problems you may have.

Drug Interaction :-

If you are taking Viracept with certain other drugs, then the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. So it is especially important to check with your doctor before combining Viracept with the following:

  • Atorvastatin (Lipitor)
  • Carbamazepine (Tegretol)
  • Delavirdine
  • Indinavir
  • Methadone
  • Nevirapine (Viramune)
  • Oral contraceptives
  • Phenobarbital
  • Rifabutin (Mycobutin)
  • Saquinavir (Invirase)
  • Tacrolimus (Prograf)

Information on acute overdose with Viracept is limited. But after taken Viracept if you feel that overdose is suspected, then you should contact with your doctor immediately. Because it may lead to another serious effect.

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