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How Does Enfuvirtide Work?

Enfuvirtide belongs to a group of medications known as fusion inhibitors. Because enfuvirtide works on the outside of cells, it is significantly different from most other types of HIV medications, which work on the inside of cells. The drug does not allow the cell membranes (the outer coatings) of the virus and the human cell to fuse together, an important step necessary for HIV to enter the human cell. If HIV cannot enter human cells, it cannot reproduce itself.
 
Enfuvirtide is not a cure for HIV or AIDS, however. Although it can help stop HIV from infecting healthy cells in the body, it does not help cells that have already been infected with the virus.
 

Is Enfuvirtide Used in Children?

Enfuvirtide is approved to treat HIV and AIDS in children as young as six years old. Talk with your child's healthcare provider about the benefits and risks of using the drug in children.
 

Is Enfuvirtide Used for Off-Label Reasons?

On occasion, your healthcare provider may recommend enfuvirtide for treating something other than HIV infection and AIDS. This is called an "off-label" use. At this time, there are no universally accepted off-label enfuvirtide uses.
 
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