Information about Zidovudine

Zidovudine Uses

Zidovudine is used in the treatment of HIV infection.

How Zidovudine works

Zidovudine 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 Zidovudine

Fatigue, Headache, Decreased appetite, Nausea, Vomiting, Muscle pain
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Available Medicine for Zidovudine

ZidovirCipla Ltd
62 to ₹1353 variant(s)
ZidineEmcure Pharmaceuticals Ltd
9321 variant(s)
Viro ZSun Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd
45 to ₹902 variant(s)
ZidohopeMacleods Pharmaceuticals Pvt Ltd
596 to ₹9962 variant(s)
ZilionCadila Pharmaceuticals Ltd
2151 variant(s)
Zidovex L Plus EVeritaz Healthcare Ltd
1041 variant(s)
ZivudinSynmedic Laboratories
210 to ₹4302 variant(s)
ZidovexVeritaz Healthcare Ltd
90 to ₹2592 variant(s)
ZidomaxAlkem Laboratories Ltd
60 to ₹1532 variant(s)
Zido HGenix Pharma Ltd
801 variant(s)

Expert advice for Zidovudine

  • 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.
  • Zidovudine 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 Zidovudine


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

Zidovudine 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. Is Zidovudine safe?

Zidovudine 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 does Zidovudine work?

Zidovudine works by blocking the function of an enzyme, called reverse transcriptase, which is responsible for the HIV replication process. This helps to reduce the level of HIV in the blood.

Q. How should I take Zidovudine?

Zidovudine should be taken in the dose and duration advised by the doctor. This medicine may be taken with or without food but it is better to be taken at a fixed time of the day to avoid the chances of missing a dose.

Q. Is Zidovudine effective?

Zidovudine 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 Zidovudine too early, the symptoms may return or worsen.

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

If you forget a dose of Zidovudine, 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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