Definitions for "Protease inhibitors"
Drugs that suppress HIV replication by interfering with an HIV enzyme called protease
Drugs that prevent HIV from multiplying by stopping a tool (the protease enzyme) that the virus needs to reproduce itself.
Antiviral drugs that act by inhibiting the virus protease enzyme, thereby preventing viral replication. Specifically, these drugs block the protease enzyme from breaking apart long strands of viral proteins to make the smaller, active HIV proteins that comprise the virion. If the larger HIV proteins are not broken apart, they cannot assemble themselves into new functional HIV particles. FDA has approved the following protease inhibitors as drugs to treat HIV disease: Saquinavir (Invirase, Fortovase), Indinavir (Crixivan), Nelfinavir (Viracept), Ritonavir (Norvir), and Amprenavir (Agenerase).
A new group of medications used in the treatment of AIDS. Unfortunately, some tend to form stones.