What is Zidovir (Zidovudine) used for?
Zidovir (Zidovudine) is given to patients who suffer from HIV to treat and control their infection, and to reduce the risk of other HIV related illnesses. This drug is a type of nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitor, or NRTI, which works by slowing down the spread of HIV in the body. Apart from the above mentioned uses, this drug is also sometimes given to pregnant women with HIV to prevent it being passed to an unborn baby, or to prevent infection in somebody who has come into contact with the virus.
How should I use Zidovir (Zidovudine)?
Zidovir (Zidovudine) may come in capsules or tablets. Both the capsules and tablets should be swallowed whole. It is sometimes taken 3 to 4 times per day. However some patients may be directed to take it 5 times per day. Follow the instructions provided to you by your physician. You should continue taking this drug if it has been prescribed to you unless told otherwise by your physician.
What are the side effects of Zidovir (Zidovudine)?
Zidovir (Zidovudine) may cause side effects, such as:
Consult your physician immediately if any of these side effects persist or worsen.
Strictly follow all instructions provided to you by your physician or pharmacist while using Zidovir (Zidovudine). Optimum and safe dosage can differ based on the patient and the condition being treated.
As this medication may be unsafe for certain patients, it is essential you always inform your physician if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, as well as if you have any allergies, other illnesses, or ongoing health conditions, and if you are taking any other form of medication, supplements, or herbal products.
Immediately seek emergency medical care if you have any allergic or hypersensitive reaction. Common signs of a reaction include hives, swelling, skin rashes, chest pains, as well as trouble breathing or swallowing.