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Side Effects Of Zidovudine

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AIDS InfoNet

Zidovudine (Retrovir, AZT)

...high blood pressure, or a general sense of feeling ill. These side effects usually get better or disappear over time. Some patients taking zidovudine continue to have nausea, vomiting, headaches and fatigue. The most serious side effects of zidovudine are anemia, neutropenia, and myopathy. These side effects are not common. Anemia is a shortage of red blood cells caused by damage to bone marrow. It is most common in newborn infants taking...
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Change in nail colour

I have been on combivir and stocrin for 3 yrs + and have never had any opportunistic infections, but the colour of my nails have changed to pinkish pale colour, i am a black south african aged 35. Is there a need to panic ?
Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

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

Rocky Mountain CARES
...Hello and thanks for your post from RSA.Nail color changes are a generally benign side effect of zidovudine (AZT, part of Combivir). So long as everything else is going ok, there's no need to worry (or panic).Be well, BY Read more »

Bad reactions from meds?!

Hi dr.Ben, lately i've been having these kind of mosquito bites around my hands and my feet, is that some sort of side effects from the meds, i've been on Lamivudine+Zidovudine and Invirase, and Norvir for 2 and half months now ...and if it is!! is...
Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

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

Rocky Mountain CARES
...between bites and HIV medications.If not, then you might be having some sort of skin eruption, perhaps hyperpigmentation (a known side effect of zidovudine -AZT).Either way, I'd discuss your symptoms with your doctor. Skin symptoms are very... Read more »

Combivir side effects

Dear Doctor,I have been on Combivir and Efavirenz for the last 2.5 yrs and 6 yrs respectively. I am burping always - due to small related stressed situations like catching a bus, under time pressure, flying on a plane. I wonder if the gas/ burping...
Brian Conway, M.D.

Response from Brian Conway, M.D.

University of British Columbia
...It may be due to the zidovudine portion of your Combivir. If your viral load is undetectable, you may consider asking your doctor about your switch to another combination pill such as Epzicom/Kivexa or Truvada to see what happens. This Read more »

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Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
...identify the drug that you are taking. This would mean disclosing that you have HIV infection. In my experience the stomach side effects of zidovudine and the brain side effects of efavirenz are the major problems patients experience with... Read more »
AIDS InfoNet

Combivir (Zidovudine + Lamivudine)

...(Epivir). They include headache, upset stomach, and fatigue. See Fact Sheet 551 for more information on fatigue. The most serious side effects of zidovudine are anemia, granulocytopenia, and myopathy. Very few people have these side effects. If... Read more »
AIDS InfoNet

Trizivir (Zidovudine + Lamivudine + Abacavir)

...They include headache, upset stomach, nausea, and fatigue. Fact Sheet 551 has more information on fatigue. The most serious side effects of zidovudine are anemia and muscle problems. Very few people have these side effects. If they occur, your... Read more »

An Overview of Retrovir (Zidovudine, AZT)

...zye-DOE-vyoo-deen Brand Name: Retrovir Other Name(s): AZT, Azidothymidine, ZDV, Zidovudina Drug Class: Nucleoside Reverse Transcriptase Inhibitors Zidovudine, also known as AZT, ZDV, or Retrovir, is a type of medicine... Read more »

An Overview of Combivir (AZT/3TC), zye-DOE-vyoo-deen --> Brand Name: Combivir Other Name(s): Lamivudina/ zidovudina Drug Class: Nucleoside Reverse Transcriptase Inhibitors Combivir, is a combination of the two antiretroviral drugs: lamivudine... Read more »
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get ready, get set.............. go meds

Posted by dealin_wit_it, 3 Replies
...agrees, until my geneo type comes back from the labs. i want to know everyone's opinion about these drugs and what to expect, aside from everything i've already researched. ok, maybe i'm just a little nervous, waiting for 10pm to take them for... Read more »


Posted by contractor, 6 Replies
...medications are a common type of medication that can lead to night sweats. All types of antidepressants can cause night sweats as a side effect, with a range in incidence from 8 to 22% of persons taking antidepressant drugs. Other psychiatric... Read more »

Thanks for your support and any more advice?

Posted by motherinlaw, 3 Replies
I want to thank everyone for their support and help. I posted this in response to my own previous posting and felt it might have gotten lost in the shuffle and so am reposting. I have just spoken to my son again. He was finally able to convince... Read more »

want to have a baby, but worried

Posted by kolo, 1 Reply
...say children need close monitoring and new, safer drugs need to be developed. Combinations, typically including the nucleoside analogue zidovudine (AZT, Retrovir), have reduced the mother-to-child transmission of HIV from around 25% to less... Read more »