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What Is Zerit Used For

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An Overview of Zerit (Stavudine, d4T)

STAV-yoo-deen Brand Name: Zerit Other Name: d4T Drug Class: Nucleoside Reverse Transcriptase Inhibitors Approved Use: Treatment of HIV Infection WARNING: Stavudine can cause serious, life-threatening side effects. These include lactic acidosis (build up of acid in the blood), liver problems, and pancreatitis (inflammation of the pancreas). Contact your health care provider right away if you have any of the...
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Viracept/Epivir/Zerit vs. Sustiva/Epivir/Zerit

I have been positive for 3 years and doing well. Undetectable viral load, t-cells around 600. I started meds with Epivir/Zerit/Viracept and recently dropped the Viracept for Sustiva. I was told that the Viracept was the cause of the fat pad that...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
Switching to Sustiva "saves" the protease class for later use and can be a part of a long-term treatment plan. Your current regimen still can cause fat problems (all 3 meds) and generally the fat pads haven't gotten better on your... Read more »

Zerit and lipodystrophy

Has Zerit on its own been known to cause lipodystrophy or does a PI need to be in the drug mix?...
Brian Boyle, M.D., J.D.

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

Cornell University, Weill Medical College
Zerit on its own appears to be associated with lipoatrophy, but several studies also indicate that combining Zerit with a protease inhibitor increases the likelihood of developing as well as the severity of lipoatrophy. Preliminary data indicate... Read more »

Zerit confusion

Given what we now know about the harmful effects of Zerit, why is it still an approved drug and why is it still being prescribed?Thank you....
David Wohl, M.D.

Response from David Wohl, M.D.

University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
Good question. This drug has been linked closely to fat wasting of the limbs and face as well as abnormal lipids (plus peripheral neuropathy and lactic acidosis). The thing is that outside of the US-Europe-Australia, stavudine (Zerit) is very... Read more »

zerit once a day

my therapu is zerit, sustiva and videx. I wonder if is it safe to take two pill of zerit together (400 mg) in order to assume all my therapy once a dayThank youPedro...
Judith A. Aberg, M.D.

Response from Judith A. Aberg, M.D.

Washington University, St. Louis School of Medicine
The dose of Zerit (stavudine, D4T) is usually 40 mg twice a day. There is a new once daily formulation of zerit which is an extended release tablet coming out soon. I suggest you talk to your doctor about this or see if there is another once a day... Read more »
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ban the drug zerit...

Posted by Anonymous, 5 Replies
I was prescribed the drug Zerit by Bristol Myers Squibb by my physcian
back in June 1998 after being on the drug for 2 months I have developed
a severe side effect called peripheral neuropathy. I ended up in... Read more »

Casting Call for Zerit Ad

Posted by donnalgrossman
I am a New York based Casting Director and am presently casting an ad for the drug Zerit. The casting session will be held in New York on Monday, December 2nd. We are casting for 5 characters. The shoot will take place in New York the first or... Read more »

Report Side effects of Zerit and Videx

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
If you have experienced side effects, especially peripheral neuropathy, from Bristol Myers Squibb's drugs Zerit and Videx please report them to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). This is done by calling the FDA's Medwatch toll free phone number Read more »

Change from Zerit to Atripla ???

Posted by AlexHappy
I am poz now for 10 years with ~550 CD4 and VL undedect. (43y, 230 lbs/ 6.3/ 32w/ man/ cholesterol 230 /sportiv/ top/ healthy looking / with BF since 8y) I am on Zerit/ Viread & Sustiva since about 6 years ( was before on another regimen) I... Read more »