Zidovir (Zidovudine 100mg Capsule)

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Zidovir (Zidovudine 100mg Capsule)

Zidovir (Zidovudine 100mg Capsule) contains Zidovudine as an active ingredient. Zidovudine belongs to a class of nucleoside reverse-transcriptase inhibitor (NRTI). It is a blood brain barrier permeable. Zidovudine is an antiretroviral medicine used to treat HIV infection. It is used along with other HIV medications to treat HIV.


What is Zidovir (Zidovudine 100mg Capsule) used for?

Zidovir (Zidovudine 100mg Capsule) is given to patients who suffer from HIV to treat and control their infection, and to reduce the risk of other HIV related illnesses. This drug is a type of nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitor, or NRTI, which works by slowing down the spread of HIV in the body. Apart from the above mentioned uses, this drug is also sometimes given to pregnant women with HIV to prevent it being passed to an unborn baby, or to prevent infection in somebody who has come into contact with the virus.


How to Zidovir (Zidovudine 100mg Capsule)  use

Take Zidovir (Zidovudine 100mg Capsule) by mouth 2 to 3 times a day with or with out food as directed by your doctor. Do not miss the dose as drug should be maintained at constant level for better treatment.


How does Zidovir (Zidovudine 100mg Capsule) work?

Zidovir (Zidovudine 100mg Capsule)Zidovir (Zidovudine 100mg Capsule) works by blocking an HIV enzyme called, HIV reverse transcriptase. By doing this, it prevents HIV from replicating and decreases the amount of HIV in the blood.


Working of the drug:

Zidovudine is a nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors (ntris) drug that works by blocking the enzyme called reverse transcriptase. This enzyme is an essential part of replication mechanism of HIV and thus, the drug reduces the amount of infectious virus in the body.


How should Zidovir (Zidovudine 100mg Capsule) be taken?

  • Zidovir (Zidovudine 100mg Capsule) comes in the form of a capsule. Taking Zidovir (Zidovudine 100mg Capsule), with a glass of water will help you to swallow it.
  • To treat HIV infection in adults: The usual dose of Zidovir (Zidovudine 100mg Capsule) is 600 mg/ day, and it should be taken in divided doses. It is to be taken together with other antiretrovirals agents.
  • To treat HIV in pediatrics who aged 4 -<18 years, the dosage regimen is based upon the body weight. Your doctor will prescribe this medicine according to the weight of your child. Alternatively, treatment with Zidovir (Zidovudine 100mg Capsule) may also be based on body surface area for every child. The usual dose is of Zidovudine is 480mg/m2 in divided doses (240 mg/m2 two times a day or 160 mg/m2 three times a day).
  • For the prevention of mother-to-child  HIV-1 transmission:

Maternal Dosing- The usual dose of Zidovir (Zidovudine 100mg Capsule) is 100 mg five times a day, until the labor start. During labor and delivery, 2mg/kg of the medicine should be administered intravenously over one hour followed by 1 mg/kg/hour until clamping of the navel string.

Neonatal Dosing: The usual dose of Zidovir (Zidovudine 100mg Capsule) is 2 mg/kg every 6 hours starting within twelve hours after the birth of a child, and the treatment should be continued for 6 weeks of age. In neonates, Zidovir (Zidovudine 100mg Capsule) should be administered intravenously at 1.5 mg/kg, infused over 30 minutes every six hours.

  • Do not take more or less amount of capsule than your doctor has prescribed.
  • Do not stop taking the capsules without asking your doctor.
  • Take the medicine continuously as long as your doctor recommends you. Zidovir (Zidovudine 100mg Capsule) is a drug that prevents further damage caused by the HIV, but it does not cure your condition. You should not stop taking the drug and continue taking it, even if you feel better. Because stopping the intake of the drug may reverse your improving condition.
  • Overdose: If you accidently take an extra capsule, call your doctor or hospital casualty department immediately.


Zidovir (Zidovudine 100mg Capsule) Overdose:

If you feel any frightening symptoms, then immediately call the doctor and inform him about the possible side effects of over dosage. If the situation worsens then visit the nearest healthcare center or call the emergency helpline number.


Zidovir (Zidovudine 100mg Capsule) Miss dose:

In case you forget to take the dose, skip the dose and take the next dose on the recommended time period. Do not double up the dose for the missed one.


What are Side effects of Zidovir (Zidovudine 100mg Capsule)?

Like all drugs, Zidovir (Zidovudine 100mg Capsule) can cause side-effects although, not everyone gets them. Contact your doctor, if any of the following symptoms appear:

  • Constipation
  • Nausea
  • Diarrhea
  • Blurred vision
  • Vomiting
  • Constipation
  • Headache

Some side effects of Zidovir (Zidovudine 100mg Capsule) can be serious. Call your doctor immediately, if you experience:

  • Chills
  • Numbness, tingling or burning sensation
  • Liver problems
  • Skin rashes
  • Hives

The side effects that are mentioned above are not the only ones that you may experience due to Zidovir (Zidovudine 100mg Capsule). If you get any serious adverse effects due to Zidovir (Zidovudine 100mg Capsule), call your doctor right away.


What medications interact with Zidovir (Zidovudine 100mg Capsule)?

The following medicines should be avoided, in case doctor recommends you Zidovir (Zidovudine 100mg Capsule) to avoid possible drug interactions.

  • Ganciclovir
  • Rifampicin
  • Doxorubicin
  • Sulfa drugs
  • Lamivudine
  • Sulfa drugs
  • Availability: 10000
  • Model: Zidovir 100
  • Manufacturer: Cipla

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