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Zidovir 100 Capsule

Prescription Required

Overview

Uses of Zidovir Capsule

Zidovir Capsule side effects

Common
  • Fatigue
  • Headache
  • Decreased appetite
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Muscle pain

How to use Zidovir Capsule

Take this medicine in the dose and duration as advised by your doctor. Swallow it as a whole. Do not chew, crush or break it. Zidovir 100 Capsule may be taken with or without food, but it is better to take it at a fixed time.

How Zidovir Capsule works

Zidovir 100 Capsule is an antiviral medication. It prevents the multiplication of virus in human cells. This stops the virus from producing new viruses and clears up your infection.

Zidovir Capsule related warnings

Alcohol
Interaction with alcohol is unknown. Please consult your doctor.
Pregnancy
WEIGH RISKS VS BENEFITS
Zidovir 100 Capsule may be unsafe to use during pregnancy.
Animal studies have shown adverse effects on the fetus, however, there are limited human studies. The benefits from use in pregnant women may be acceptable despite the risk. Please consult your doctor.
Lactation
Zidovir 100 Capsule is probably safe to use during lactation. Limited human data suggests that the drug does not represent a significant risk to the baby.
Driving
Zidovir 100 Capsule may make you feel dizzy, sleepy, tired, or decrease alertness. If this happens, do not drive.
Kidney
Zidovir 100 Capsule should be used with caution in patients with severe kidney disease. Dose adjustment of Zidovir 100 Capsule may be needed. Please consult your doctor.
Liver
CAUTION
Zidovir 100 Capsule should be used with caution in patients with liver disease. Dose adjustment of Zidovir 100 Capsule may be needed. Please consult your doctor.
Use of Zidovir 100 Capsule is not recommended in patients with moderate to severe liver disease.

What if you miss a dose of Zidovir Capsule?

If you miss a dose of Zidovir 100 Capsule, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular schedule. Do not double the dose.

Alternate Brands

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Expert Advice

  • In combination with other medicines, it is used for the treatment of HIV infections.
  • Take it with food, as this increases the absorption of the medicine into the body.
  • Zidovir 100 Capsule may cause dizziness or sleepiness. Do not drive or do anything requiring concentration until you know how it affects you.
  • You may still develop infections or other illnesses associated with viral infection while taking this medication.
  • You can also pass on HIV or HBV to others. Don't share needles or personal items that can have blood or body fluids on them.
  • During treatment and for at least six months after stopping this medicine, regular blood tests are needed to monitor your liver function, level of hepatitis B virus and blood cells in your blood.

Interaction with Drugs

Taking Zidovir with any of the following medicines can modify the effect of either of them and cause some undesirable side effects
Brand(s): Alovir
LIFE-THREATENING
Brand(s): Dizapam
SERIOUS
Brand(s): Bactob
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Brand(s): Eurolam
SERIOUS
Brand(s): Shinosun
SERIOUS
Brand(s): Begenta, Indogenta
SERIOUS
Brand(s): Mikasun, Vizocin, Amricin
SERIOUS
Brand(s): Psycopan
SERIOUS
Brand(s): Tremash, Tropidol, Dolfi
SERIOUS
Brand(s): Stoin
SERIOUS

Patient Concerns

Questions Related to Zidovir

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i have unprotected sex with my friend. Can I take any drugs now to prevent any STD/HIV infection
Dr. Shyam Gupta
Sexologist
Hello PATIENT to 1mg. There is some medicine for prophylactic but you need to see physician for prescription and better you check HIV status of both partner
hello, one of my frnd suffering with hiv infection from last 2yrs her cd4 is more than 470 and viral load is zero undetectable now she is using art medicines i have doubt that can we have to use art medicine in the whole life or can we stop it once we get viral load zero
Dr. Atula Gupta
Skin Specialist
You still need to be on ART even if the viral load is undetectable
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FAQs

Q. Is Zidovir an antibiotic?

No, Zidovir is not an antibiotic; it belongs to a class of drugs called antiretrovirals

Q. Is Zidovir a prodrug?

Yes, Zidovir is a prodrug and must be activated (by phosphorylation in lymphocytes) in the body to exert its antiviral action

Q. Is zidovudine a protease inhibitor?

No, zidovudine is not a protease inhibitor; it is a nucleoside analogue reverse transcriptase inhibitor

Q. How does Zidovir work?

Zidovir belongs to a group of medications called nucleoside analogue reverse transcriptase inhibitors (NRTIs), also known as antiretrovirals. Zidovir does not cure HIV infection; it reduces the amount of viruses in the body by inhibiting the chemical (viral reverse transcriptase) which is essential for the virus to grow. Further, Zidovir also increases some white blood cells (CD4 cells) of the body that are important in fighting infections.

Q. What is Zidovir used for?

Zidovir is used in combination with other antiretroviral medicines for the treatment of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection

Q. How is Zidovir administered?

Zidovir can be administered as tablets, syrups and suspension in combination with other antiretroviral medications

Q. Does Zidovir cause muscle pain?

Yes, muscle pain is a known adverse effect of use Zidovir

Q. Does Zidovir cause lipodystrophy?

There are no known effects of Zidovir on lipid distribution and it is not known to cause lipodystrophy

Q. How does Zidovir cause anemia?

Zidovir is known to cause bone marrow depression and thereby cause anemia (reduction in red blood cell count)

Q. How much does Zidovir cost?

The price of Zidovir may vary depending upon the brand prescribed to you.Please read the instruction on the package for the correct price of the product.

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