ARV Facts

Facts about Antiretroviral Drugs

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Active substance: Nelfinavir
Manufacturer: Pfizer (USA) / Roche (Switzerland)

Extract from the patient information:

"VIRACEPT is not a cure for HIV infection or AIDS. People taking VIRACEPT may still develop opportunistic infections or other conditions associated with HIV infection. Some of these conditions are pneumonia, herpes virus infections, Mycobacterium avium complex (MAC) infections, and Kaposi’s sarcoma."

Known side effects: more immune deficiency

“The side effects observed in children and adults receiving VIRACEPT are similar. Diarrhea was also the most common side effect seen in children. Some children experienced low white blood cells (leukopenia/neutropenia), which resolved without treatment interruption in most cases.”

Leukopenia = Decrease of all white blood cells
Neutropenia = Decrease of neutrophils, a subtype of white blood cells

The above has been extracted from the Viracept patient information on the Pfizer webpages.