Generic Medicine Info
Indications and Dosage
HIV infection
Adult: Combined with other antiretrovirals: 1.25 g bid or 0.75 g tid.
Child: Combined with other antiretrovirals: 2-<13 yr 45-55 mg/kg bid or 25-35 mg/kg tid; ≥13 yr Same as adult dose.
Hepatic Impairment
Dose reduction may be required.
Should be taken with food.
Hypersensitivity; lactation.
Special Precautions
Pregnancy. Hepatic and renal impairment; haemophilia A or B; diabetes. Monitor for signs of lipodystrophy.
Adverse Reactions
Hyperglycaemia, dyslipidaemia and redistribution of body fat (protease paunch, buffalo hump, facial atrophy and heart engorgement); hypertriglyceridaemia, hypercholesterolaemia. Diarrhoea, rash, nausea, flatulence, decreased lymphocytes, decreased neutrophils, decreased haemoglobin, increased creatine kinase, increased transaminases.
Drug Interactions
Reduced levels/effects with antacids, phenobarbital, carbamazepine, aminoglutethimide, phenytoin, rifampicin, nafcillin, nevirapine, omeprazole, nevirapine. Increased serum levels/effects with azole antifungal agents, cimetidine, efavirenz. Increased serum levels/effects of azithromycin, calcium channel blockers, clarithromycin, corticosteroids (e.g. fluticasone), mirtazapine, nateglinide, nefazodone, ciclosporin, sirolimus, tacrolimus, venlafaxine, eplerinone, fentanyl, atorvastatin, phosphodiesterase-5 (PDE-5) inhibitors, rifabutin, trazodone, TCAs. Reduced serum levels/effects of hormonal contraceptives, methadone, theophylline derivatives.
Potentially Fatal: Increased serum levels/toxicity of amiodarone, cisapride, pimozide, midazolam, triazolam, ergot alkaloids, lovastatin, simvastatin, quinidine.
Food Interaction
Combination with acidic food or juice may produce bitter taste. Plasma concentration time curve (AUC) increased by 2- to 3-fold with food. Reduced serum levels with St John's wort.
Description: Nelfinavir is a selective, competitive, reversible HIV protease inhibitor. It inhibits HIV-1 protease preventing the cleavage of the gag-pol polyprotein resulting in the production of noninfectious virus.
Absorption: Absorbed from the GI tract. Peak plasma levels in 2-4 hr. Absorption increased with food.
Distribution: Extensively bound to plasma proteins (98%). Enters breast milk.
Metabolism: Hepatic via oxidation.
Excretion: Mainly via faeces (as metabolites); via urine (about 1-2%). Terminal half-life: 3.5-5 hr.
Store at 15-30° (59-86°F).
MIMS Class
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