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What are protease inhibitors?

For the treatment of HIV multiple antiretroviral drugs are effective and offer the best remedy. Protease inhibitors one of an effective medication or drug that stops the activity or spread of HIV inside the body. It is not a cure for HIV but the best treatment to stop the spread and helps to fight against the possible complications.

It is an effective drug act as the blocker for the enzyme called HIV protease that is responsible for its multiplication inside the human body. Health consultant recommends the treatment with different combinations and protease inhibitors is one of them.

How do protease inhibitors work?

HIV attack the healthy cells of the body and the virus stay there and start multiplying itself for survival. The virus DNA attack the immune system cells CD4 that help the body to fight against the virus or other infections. Due to the virus attack directly over the CD4, it fails to perfume its function properly, and with time it badly affects the immune system.

A person with HIV has a poor immune system that fails to protect from the disease attack and leads to serious complications.

The use of protease inhibitor acts as the blocker for the HIV protease and stop the replication process. It breaks the virus protein structure and it will not able to transfer in other cells to create damage. Moreover, it helps a person with HIV to live a risk-free life without the fear to transmit the disease to others.

Protease inhibitor drug names

The use of protease inhibitors is common but only prescribed by the health care consultants. The doctor will recommend the protease inhibitor with other HIV medicines in combination with effective working. Some protease inhibitor drugs are as follow:

  • Ritonavir
  • Atazanavir
  • Darunavir
  • Fosamprenavir
  • Saquinavir
  • Tipranavir

Side effects

Protease inhibitor is a strong treatment for HIV suggested by the doctors, the patient will experience some side effects like:

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Lightheadedness
  • Dizziness
  • Diabetes
  • Painful urination
  • Changes in body fats
  • Skin rashes
  • Abdomen pain and other issues

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