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What are the side effects of AZT drug.
Apr 17, 2000

What is the side effects of the drug AZT

Response from Dr. Henry

Although many persons taking HIV don't have much in the way of side effects many do. Many persons initially have some GI side effects (nausea, stomach ache), headache, or some malaise (just feeling crummy) which often will get better over a month or two and often are less if the AZT is combined with other good HIV drugs. Longer term we see an effect of AZT on the bone marrow (such as anemia) and rarely on the muscles. A major part of what HIV docs and nurses do is to help patients get started on their HIV meds and try to find a regimen that the patient tolerated OK after the initial start-up. Keith Henry, M.D.



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