Retrovir Zidovudine and/or alternatives
Retrovir is an antiviral medication, and its active ingredient is Zidovudine. It is given to the patient in the form of an intravenous injection through an IV.
Indications & Dosage of Retrovir
Your doctor will recommend you to buy Retrovir in order to treat an HIV infection that leads to AIDS. The medicine works by preventing HIV cells from multiplying inside a patient’s body. It is also given to pregnant women with HIV in order to prevent passing of the virus to the unborn child. You must know that Retrovir is not a cure for HIV or AIDS, and that it only prevents its spread inside the body and keeps it under control.
Retrovir 1mg/kg is given to the patient intravenously over a period of one hour. You may have to take the drug 5 to 6 times per day, which means that you will receive Retrovir 5 to 6 mg/kg per day.
This injection is given only intravenously, and not intramuscularly. Bolus injection or rapid infusion is also to be avoided.
Side Effects & Interactions of Retrovir
Mild nausea, constipation, vomiting, insomnia, joint or muscle pain, skin rash, tiredness or headache can be commonly experienced by Retrovir patients. Changes in location or shape of body fat can also take place, especially in the arms, face, legs, trunk, breasts and neck. Local area reactions may also surface, identified by swelling, irritation or pain that the site of injection. These are mild side effects of the drug and are supposed to subside on their own within a few days as your body becomes resistant to the medicine. However, you are advised to seek medical help immediately if any of these become intolerable.
In rare cases, Retrovir can lead to liver damage. Inform your doctor at once if you develop dark urine, loss of appetite, low fever, stomach pain, nausea, yellowing of the eyes or skin or clay-colored stools. Lactic acidosis may also take place, identified by cold or numb feeling in the legs and arms, muscle weakness or pain, uneven or fast heart rate, difficulty breathing, or nausea with vomiting.
Seek medical attention at once if you have pale skin, unusual weakness, easy bruising or bleeding, fever, body aches, chills, flu symptoms, signs of a new infection, or sores or white patches inside the mouth or on the lips.
Some of the drugs that may interact adversely with Retrovir include atovaquone, doxorubicin, ganciclovir, fluconazole, methadone, phenytoin, nelfinavir, interferon alfa, probenecid, ribavirin, stavudine or ritonavir.
Warnings & Precautions of Retrovir
Your doctor will not recommend you to buy Retrovir if you have an allergy to Zidovudine, or to any other drugs containing the ingredient, such as Trizivir or Combivir.
Also inform your doctor beforehand if you have a liver or kidney disease or bone marrow suppression. Special dosage adjustments will need to be made if you are suffering from any of these conditions.
Pregnant women and breastfeeding mothers are advised to use Retrovir with extra caution. HIV can get transmitted to the unborn baby or nursing infant through their mother. Even if the child was born without HIV, the virus may get transmitted to the nursing infant through the mother’s breast milk. Therefore, such women are advised not to breastfeed their child.
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