Zidovudine is an anti-retroviral medicine belongs to a group of medicines called nucleoside analogue reverse transcriptase inhibitors (NRTIs). Zidovudine does not get rid of HIV infection but it reduces the amount of virus in the body, and keeps it at a low level. Zidovudine helps to increase the CD4 cell count in the blood, which are useful to body to fight infection. Sometimes this drug is used in combination with other medicines to treat HIV.
Do not take if you:
- if you are allergic to zidovudine or any of the other ingredients
- if you have a very low white blood cell count or a anaemia
Things to Tell Your Doctor. If you:
- have ever had liver disease
- have seriously overweight (especially if you’re a woman)
- have diabetic and using insulin.
Keep in touch with your doctor, and do not stop taking the drug without doctor’s advice.
What to do if you missed a dose?
If you forget to take a dose, don’t worry. You can take your next dose as soon as you remember but not within two hours of your next dose. If you remember within two hours of your next dose, just skip the dose you missed.
Most common side effects?
The most common side effects observed are
- stomach pains
- feeling dizzy
- aching muscles.