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Nelfinavir is a prescription HIV medication that comes in tablet and powder form. It is a type of protease inhibitor that should be used in combination with other HIV drugs, as part of an HIV "cocktail." While it is not a cure for HIV or AIDS, the medicine can help stop HIV from multiplying in the body. Potential side effects include rash, diarrhea, and nausea.

What Is Nelfinavir?

Nelfinavir mesylate (Viracept®) is a prescription medicine used as a treatment for HIV and AIDS. It is approved for use only in combination with other HIV or AIDS medications.
(Click What Is Nelfinavir Used For? for more information on nelfinavir uses, including possible off-label uses.)

Are There Side Effects?

As with any medicine, side effects are possible with nelfinavir. However, not everyone who takes the drug will experience side effects. In fact, most people tolerate it quite well.
If side effects do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or can be treated easily by you or your healthcare provider. Serious side effects are less common.
Common side effects of nelfinavir include, but are not limited to:
(Click Side Effects of Nelfinavir to learn more, including potentially serious side effects that you should report immediately to your healthcare provider.)
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