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What Are The Pros And Cons Of Retrovir

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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 called a nucleoside reverse transcriptase
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Your suggestions please on weight loss

I have been on Zerit, Epivir and Sustiva for two years. CD4 has risen from 276 to 639 and Viral load has been undectable for since early treatment. Noticed loss of weight in both upper and lower arrms so Doc put me on 1 percent body gel once aday...
Brian Boyle, M.D., J.D.

Response from Brian Boyle, M.D., J.D.

Cornell University, Weill Medical College
...noticeable by the patient or the doctor. You absolutely right that there are pros and cons to switching therapies. Regarding Retrovir (zidovudine), it has also been associated with fat loss in some studies, and I would not recommend it. Regarding... Read more »

Best first-line regimen with fewest side effects

My T-cells are at 260 my viral load is at 30833 copies.I have been HIV pos for 12 years, tested every six months and now I am facing therapy,my doctor would like to put e on Reyatz, Norvir and Truvada. I am very concerend about facial wasting and...
Gerald Pierone, M.D.

Response from Gerald Pierone, M.D.

AIDS Research and Treatment Center of the Treasure Coast
...that this is the best one currently available. Much of facial wasting side effect is linked to AZT (ingredient in zidovudine, Retrovir, Combivir, and Trizivir) and Zerit (stavudine, d4T) and would not be expected with this regimen. I hope that... Read more »

HIV in Diabetics

My Dad has been a Diabetic for over 16 years. He has been recently detected to be HIV Positive with a viral load of 1,50,000 and CD4 Count of 0.03. He is at present undergoing treatment for tuberculosis. Can he put on Anti-Retroviral Drugs please...
John A. Bartlett, M.D.

Response from John A. Bartlett, M.D.

Duke University Medical Center
...Antiretroviral therapy can be complicated in patients with diabetes and those on antituberculous treatment. Protease inhibitors can rarely Read more »


I was tested recently utilizing the ELISa andWestern Blot. The Elisawas + and the Western Blot indeterminate. So theytested again with the same results. After more lab/bloodwork they started me on aregimen of Crixivan, Retrovir, and Epivir,...
Mark Holodniy, M.D., F.A.C.P., C.I.C.

Response from Mark Holodniy, M.D., F.A.C.P., C.I.C.

Stanford University, School of Medicine
...on both sides whether starting HIV treatment is warranted during very early infection. I would encourage you to discuss the pros and cons with your doctors.MH Read more »
Test Positive Aware Network


... Common Name: zidovudine or AZT Brand Name: Retrovir Class: nucleoside analogs (also called nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors, NRTIs or nukes) Standard dose: Read more »
AIDS InfoNet

Zidovudine (Retrovir, AZT)

...Zidovudine Taken? What Are the Side Effects? How Does Zidovudine React With Other Drugs? What Is Zidovudine? Zidovudine (Retrovir) is a drug used for antiretroviral therapy (ART). It was first manufactured by GlaxoSmithKline. It is... Read more »
AIDS InfoNet

Acute HIV Infection

...harm done in the early stages of HIV infection. They believe that any damage to their immune system will be cured by taking antiretroviral therapy (ART). This is not true! Up to 60% of infection-fighting "memory" CD4 cells (see Fact Sheet 124... Read more »
Test Positive Aware Network


...NRTIs or nukes) Standard dose: One tablet (300 mg Ziagen/ABC/abacavir, 150 mg Epivir/3TC/lamivudine, and 300 mg Retrovir/zidovudine/AZT), twice a day, with or without food, and no food restrictions. Take missed dose as soon as... Read more »
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Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
...poco agresivo, pero este esquema de cuatro agentes se utiliz porque la paciente fuente ha haba ingerido muchos agentes antirretrovirales anteriormente, y por ese motivo poda existir algn tipo de resistencia. Siendo una profesional de la salud,... Read more »

muy interesante

Posted by juanca, 4 Replies
...advierte de la alta frecuencia con que se presentan reacciones no especficas entre los que son considerados posibles antgenos retrovirales y los anticuerpos no relacionados con ellos (12-52-54). Es por lo tanto posible concluir que las llamadas... Read more »

con muchas dudas

Posted by villalba, 2 Replies
Me gustaria q me saquen una duda. los sintomas se presentan todos juntos o uno por vez y cuanto tiempo suelen durar? Read more »

muy interesante

Posted by juanca
...advierte de la alta frecuencia con que se presentan reacciones no especficas entre los que son considerados posibles antgenos retrovirales y los anticuerpos no relacionados con ellos (12-52-54). Es por lo tanto posible concluir que las llamadas... Read more »