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How Long Does Zidovudine Take To Work

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An Overview of Retrovir (Zidovudine, AZT)

zye-DOE-vyoo-deen Brand Name: Retrovir Other Name(s): AZT, ZDV, azidothymidine Drug Class: Nucleoside Reverse Transcriptase Inhibitors Approved Use: Treatment of HIV Infection; Prevention of Mother-to-Child Transmission of HIV WARNING: Zidovudine can cause serious, life-threatening side effects. These include lactic acidosis (buildup of acid in the blood), liver problems, and blood disorders, including severe anemia. Use...
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Is it safe to take creatine with Lamivudine + Zidovudine and efavirenz?

Hello Mr. Vergel, Im marc from Beirut 29 years old just diagnosed with HIV from 3 month ago and had to start the treatment directly, I am now on Duovir (Lamivudine + Zidovudine) and Effavir (efavirenz).Honestly I used not to skip the gym used to go...
Nelson Vergel, B.S.Ch.E., M.B.A.

Response from Nelson Vergel, B.S.Ch.E., M.B.A.

Program for Wellness Restoration
I am glad you are regaining control of your health after adjusting from the shock of your HIV diagnosis. As you know, we can live long and healthy lives, and many of us become even more motivated to exercise, eat well and take care of ourselves... Read more »

ZIDOVUDINE

I am working in treatment advocacy with HIV patients. Recently one of my patients stated that she was told by a kidney specialist that 300 mg of Zidovudine is to strong for her liver. she is having difficulty having the recommended dose of 100 mg...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
It is somewhat unusual for standard doses of zidovudine to be too strong for the liver . If she is seeing a kidney specialist and has some degree of kidney failure then the dose of lamivudine may be too high for her kidneys and the dose may need to... Read more »

tenofovir then zidovudine?

hi doctor, after prolonged use of atripla as the first line drug can a zidovudine based HAART be used as second line? then what the other 2 drugs should be along with zidovudine in that 2nd line HAART? ...
Joseph McGowan, M.D., F.A.C.P.

Response from Joseph McGowan, M.D., F.A.C.P.

North Shore University Hospital
Yes, Sometimes, if the HIV virus develops resistance to tenofovir it will mutate down a pathway that will preserve the activity of zidovudine (called the K65R mutation). Also, if there is no drug resistance then zidovudine would be able to work.The... Read more »

zidovudine, didanosine, kaletra

Is the above combination suitable for one considered to be resistant to combivir and effavirenz? I have come across these in the internet. My doctor thinks I could be resistant to combivir and effavirenz. I have been on them for 2 years. Due to...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hello,Ideally speaking, if resistance develops to a HAART (highly active antiretroviral therapy) regimen, I recommend getting a resistance test to help guide the choice of the next regimen. If resistance testing is not an option in Zimbabwe and your... Read more »
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