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Pregnant Client Taking Retrovir

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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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Drugs - Combivir and Retrovir

Kindly explain to me the treatment that I am about to take - Combivir and Retrovir and their side effects please. I am 33 weeks pregnant and will deliver in 38 weeks through ceaser. I'll be starting to take this treatment Monday next week....
Sharon Lee, M.D.

Response from Sharon Lee, M.D.

University of Kansas Medical Center
I am not sure why you would be given both Combivir (which is a combination pill of Retrovir and Epivir) and also Retrovir (as Retrovir is included in the combination pill). The chemical name for Retrovir is Zidovudine. If that is actually in both of... Read more »

AZT (Retrovir) & Pregnancy How to know if your resistient to AZT

In 1988 I had a child. 3 months later I was informed her father tested positive. So did I. The baby did not. 1990 - 1991 I took AZT (Retrovir) 1 pill 5 x a day. Then stopped taking it. In 1993 I became pregnant again. Started taking AZT again...
John L. Sullivan, M.D.

Response from John L. Sullivan, M.D.

University of Massachusetts, Medical School
The risk of transmitting HIV to your infant is directly linked to your viral load; if your viral load is less than 50 copies/ml your risk is less than 1%; the therapy that reduces your viral load to less than 50 can include many different drugs and... Read more »

TAKING ANTI RETROVIRAL DRUGS

Tested and found HIV positive with a CD4 count of 525. Why are the doctors refusing to place me on treatment? Why do they wait until a CD4 count is less than 200. Why can't they start treatment when they discover that a person is HIV...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
For patients with a stable CD4 count > 500 and no symptoms, the risk to become ill from AIDS over a three year period is close to 0%. In that setting a patient may be more likely to have a side effect from treatment or develop resistance... Read more »

Pregnancy and retrovirals

Hi Dr Youngfor the past 6 months ive been on Duovir and Nevirapin and this was because i told my doctor i was hoping to have a baby. Now my cd4 wh was 198 is now 360 and viral load at 100600 is now less than 25i am now 6 weeks pregnant but here in...
Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

Response from Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

Rocky Mountain CARES
Thanks for your post.The basic principle about HIV treatments during pregnancy is to lower the HIV viral load as low as possible, undetectable- if possible.Since your currently tolerating your medications and have an undetectable viral load,... Read more »
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Acute Retroviral Infection

Posted by DDS, 1 Reply
I was just diagnosed last week. My HIV doctor thinks that I am experiencing, based on my symptoms, and Acute Retrovirial Infection. He and I believe that I am very recently infected (July). He said there are some new treatment paths for people... Read more »

Getting Pregnant

Posted by orange01
I just recently met the man of my dreams. The best part of this all is that we r both Hiv +. We have been talking about having children. I am currently on atripla and he is not taking any meds and doing well. I was just wondering if their were... Read more »

Do thjey screen pregnant woman for hiv?

Posted by Anonymous, 3 Replies
My ex husband girlfriend is pregnant and she does not know that he has hiv. He swore to me he was careful. Will they screen her for HIV in her pregnancy? I am so freaked out. The baby is in danger and I don't want to get involved since he has... Read more »

Getting Pregnant

Posted by orange01, 2 Replies
I am looking for advice. My boyfriend and I are HIV +. We have been talking about the possiblity of having a baby. I am taking atripla and he is not on any meds right now. I know that atripla is not good for the baby so is their anything u can... Read more »