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What is nelfinavir?

Nelfinavir is a prescription antiretroviral medication that belongs to a group of medications called human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) protease inhibitors. The medication interferes with the activity of a viral enzyme required for the HIV virus to replicate. This medication may also allow the immune system to recover, which will delay problems associated with the virus. Nelfinavir is used in combination with other antiretroviral medications as a drug cocktail to treat infections caused by the HIV virus. However, nelfinavir is not a cure for HIV or AIDS (acquired immunodeficiency syndrome); it does not prevent the transmission of the virus to an uninfected person, and it will not prevent the onset of other HIV-associated problems. It is available as a tablet or a powder that can be mixed in a liquid. The brand name is Viracept.

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