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Zidovudine 100mg
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Drug Information for ZIDOVIR 100mg CAPSULE 10's

What is ZIDOVIR 100mg Capsule used for?

ZIDOVIR 100mg Capsule is used for the treatment of HIV infections. It is also used to prevent the transmission of maternal–foetal HIV transmission.

ZIDOVIR 100mg Capsule may also be prescribed for other conditions as determined by the doctor.

How does ZIDOVIR 100mg Capsule work?

ZIDOVIR 100mg Capsule belongs to the class of drugs called anti-viral agents. This drug acts by inhibiting the action of certain enzymes, which are responsible for the conversion of RNA to DNA. Thus, it minimises the effect of HIV infection in the body.

How to take ZIDOVIR 100mg Capsule?

The dosage and the drug form depend on the age, weight and medical condition of an individual. Take ZIDOVIR 100mg Capsule as prescribed by your doctor.

Swallow the tablet whole. Do not crush or chew the tablet. Take the drug with or without food. However, taking the drug with food prevents stomach upset.

If you miss a dose of ZIDOVIR 100mg Capsule, please take it immediately once you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, then skip the missed dose and continue with your regular dosing schedule. Do not take a double dose to make up for the missed dose.

The overdose symptoms of ZIDOVIR 100mg Capsule may include:

  • Extreme drowsiness
  • Seizures
  • confusion

You must seek immediate medical care if you experience any of the above symptoms.

What are the drugs that interact with ZIDOVIR 100mg Capsule?

Drugs that interact with ZIDOVIR 100mg Capsule include the following:

  • Adalimumab
  • Amphotericin
  • Atovaquone
  • Certolizumab
  • Clarithromycin
  • Clozapine
  • Dapsone
  • Deferiprone
  • Doxorubicin
  • Fluconazole
  • Ganciclovir
  • Golimumab
  • Leflunomide
  • Lomitapide
  • Methadone
  • Natalizumab
  • Probenecid
  • Pyrimethamine
  • Ribavirin
  • Rifampicin
  • Teriflunomide
  • Valproic acid
  • Vinblastine
  • Vincristine
  • ZIDOVIR 100mg Capsule

This is not a comprehensive list of drug interactions. Consult your doctor to know more about other possible drug interactions.

What are the side effects of ZIDOVIR 100mg Capsule?

The following are the most common side effects of ZIDOVIR 100mg Capsule:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Anaemia
  • Anorexia
  • Creatine phosphokinase
  • Diarrhoea
  • Dizziness
  • Headache
  • Lipodystrophy
  • Malaise
  • Mitochondrial dysfunction
  • Myalgia
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting

The following are the severe side effects and you may require immediate medical attention:

  • Aplastic anaemia
  • Convulsions
  • Lactic acidosis
  • Leucopenia
  • Neutropenia
  • Osteonecrosis
  • Pancreatitis
  • Pancytopenia
  • Severe hepatomegaly
  • Thrombocytopenia

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Please consult your doctor to know more about other possible side effects.

What special precautions should be followed while taking ZIDOVIR 100mg Capsule?

  • Avoid taking the medicine if you are allergic to ZIDOVIR 100mg Capsule or similar drugs.
  • Avoid consumption of alcohol as it may alter the absorption of ZIDOVIR 100mg Capsule.
  • Avoid ZIDOVIR 100mg Capsule during pregnancy or breastfeeding because the safe use of the drug is not yet established.
  • Do not exceed the dose more than what is prescribed.
  • Be cautious while taking ZIDOVIR 100mg Capsule if you have any kidney or liver impairment.

You are advised not to take ZIDOVIR 100mg Capsule if

  • it has passed the expiry date of the medicine printed on the pack.
  • the foil or packaging is torn or shows signs of tampering or there is discolouration.

What should you tell your doctor before taking ZIDOVIR 100mg Capsule?

  • Tell your doctor if you have any history of liver and kidney impairment.
  • Inform the doctor if you are taking any other drugs, OTC medications, herbal products or nutritional supplements.
  • Inform the doctor if you have any history of allergic reaction with the usage of ZIDOVIR 100mg Capsule.
  • If you have to undergo any surgery or medical procedure, you must inform the doctor about the usage of ZIDOVIR 100mg Capsule.
  • Notify the doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

Frequently Asked questions about ZIDOVIR 100mg Capsule

  1. Do I need to be monitored for any laboratory parameters while taking ZIDOVIR 100mg Capsule?
  2. Yes, it is advised to monitor your complete blood count, lipid profile and liver function while taking ZIDOVIR 100mg Capsule tablet.

  3. How should ZIDOVIR 100mg Capsule be stored?
  4. ZIDOVIR 100mg Capsule tablet should be stored at a controlled temperature (15 – 25OC). Do not expose the medicine to moisture or radiation.

  5. Is it safe to alter the dose of the ZIDOVIR 100mg Capsule?
  6. Do not alter the dose of ZIDOVIR 100mg Capsule tablet without consulting the doctor, as altering the dose of the medicine may increase the risk of infections.


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