Information about Stavudine

Stavudine Uses

Stavudine is used in the treatment of HIV infection.

How Stavudine works

Stavudine 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.

Common side effects of Stavudine

Fatigue, Headache, Nausea, Dizziness
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Available Medicine for Stavudine

StahopeMacleods Pharmaceuticals Pvt Ltd
2371 variant(s)
StadinSain Medicaments Pvt Ltd
45 to ₹512 variant(s)
VirostavSun Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd
38 to ₹432 variant(s)
StavexAurobindo Pharma Ltd
78 to ₹902 variant(s)
StavirCipla Ltd
35 to ₹392 variant(s)
StagGenix Pharma Ltd
35 to ₹392 variant(s)

Expert advice for Stavudine

  • 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.
  • Stavudine 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.

Frequently asked questions for Stavudine

Stavudine

Q. What is Stavudine? What is it used for?

Stavudine belongs to a group of medicines called antiretrovirals. It is used to treat HIV (human immunodeficiency virus), the virus that can cause AIDS (acquired immunodeficiency syndrome). It helps to control HIV infection so your immune system can work better.

Q. How does Stavudine work?

Stavudine prevents the multiplication of the virus in human cells. This stops the virus from producing new viruses and clears up your infection.

Q. Is Stavudine safe?

Stavudine is safe if used in the dose and duration advised by your doctor. Take it exactly as directed and do not skip any dose. Follow your doctor's instructions carefully and let your doctor know if any of the side effects bother you.

Q. How should I take Stavudine?

Stavudine should be taken in the dose and duration advised by the doctor. This medicine is to be taken on an empty stomach to get maximum benefit. It is better to take Stavudine at a fixed time of the day to avoid the chances of missing a dose.

Q. Is Stavudine effective?

Stavudine is effective if used in the dose and duration advised by your doctor. Do not stop taking it even if you see improvement in your condition. If you stop using Stavudine too early, the symptoms may return or worsen.

Q. What if I forget to take a dose of Stavudine?

If you forget a dose of Stavudine, take it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and take the next scheduled dose in the prescribed time. Do not double the dose to make up for the missed one as this may increase the chances of developing side effects.

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