What should I know about nelfinavir mesylate before taking it?

Before you take nelfinavir mesylate, tell your doctor if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding. Also tell your doctor if you have had a past allergic reaction to this or any other medication or food. Nelfinavir mesylate does not cure human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection; it only slows the progression of the disease. You can still transmit HIV while taking this medication, so be sure to take precautions to prevent spreading the disease. Nelfinavir mesylate can bring on or worsen diabetes. It can also make birth control pills less effective, so you will need another method of birth control. The medication can also cause increased bleeding in people with hemophilia. You should not stop taking this drug without consulting your doctor first, as it could result in a rapid progression of your condition. If you have liver disease, you may not be able to take this drug. Nelfinavir mesylate may increase your risk for certain cancers.

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