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Zidovudine Information

Zidovudine Benefits & Uses

Zidovudine is used to treat the following -

  1. HIV/AIDS Primary

Zidovudine Dosage & How to Take

This is the usual dosage recommended in most common treatment cases. Please remember that every patient and their case is different, so the dosage can be different based on the disease, route of administration, patient's age and medical history.

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Ingredients of Zidovudine


Zidovudine Side Effects

Based on research, the following side effects have been observed when Zidovudine is used -

  1. Fatigue Mild
  2. Headache Mild
  3. Nausea or vomiting
  4. Anemia Moderate
  5. Erythema
  6. Confusion
  7. Depression Moderate
  8. Jaundice Moderate
  9. Chest Pain Moderate
  10. Wheezing Moderate

Zidovudine Related Warnings

Is the use of Zidovudine safe for pregnant women?

Zidovudine can cause unwanted side effects in pregnant women. If you experience any side effects, stop taking Zidovudine right away. Take your doctor's advice before taking it again.


Is the use of Zidovudine safe during breastfeeding?

If you are breastfeeding, you may experience some harmful effects of Zidovudine. In case you experience any of these, discontinue its use until you consult your doctor.


What is the effect of Zidovudine on the Kidneys?

Zidovudine rarely affects the kidneys.


What is the effect of Zidovudine on the Liver?

Zidovudine is rarely harmful for the liver.


What is the effect of Zidovudine on the Heart?

Zidovudine has very mild side effects on the heart.


Severe Interaction of Zidovudine with Other Drugs

Zidovudine should not be taken with following medicines due to severe side effects it may cause to patients -


Zidovudine Contraindications

If you are suffering from any of the following diseases, you should not take Zidovudine unless your doctor advises you to do so -

  1. Kidney Disease
  2. Liver Disease
  3. Graves' Disease
  4. Guillain-Barre Syndrome
  5. Anemia

Frequently asked Questions about Zidovudine

Is this Zidovudine habit forming or addictive?

Zidovudine does not cause addiction.


Is it safe to drive or operate heavy machinery when consuming?

After taking Zidovudine, you should not drive or work on any heavy machine, as Zidovudine can make you drowsy.


Is it safe?

Zidovudine is safe but it is important to consult a doctor before taking it.

Safe, but take only on Doctor's advise

Is it able to treat mental disorders?

No, Zidovudine cannot treat any kind of mental disorder.


Zidovudine Interactions with Food and Alcohol

Interaction between Food and Zidovudine

It is safe to take Zidovudine with food.


Interaction between Alcohol and Zidovudine

Consuming Zidovudine with alcohol can have many serious effects on your body.

This medicine data has been created by -
Dr. Md Saadullah
M.Pharma, Pharmacy
3 Years of Experience
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Dr. Vikas Chauhan
B.Pharma, Pharmacy
2 Years of Experience
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