Zidovudine is an antiretroviral agent that blocks construction of virus. It is used to decrease the amount of viruses (viral load) to as low as possible, for as long as possible.
Common side effects include:
Inform your doctor if the side effects become severe and bothersome.
Report to the doctor immediately if your child complains of numbness or tingling of fingers, toes or feet.
Zidovudine is usually taken 2 to 3 times daily, with or without food.
It is usually given in combination with at least two other antiretroviral agents but may be given alone, in certain circumstances.
Missing doses make Zidovudine less effective and may also make the virus resistant to Zidovudine and other possible antiretroviral agents.
If you forget to take a dose, don’t worry. You can take your next dose as soon as you remember but not within two hours of your next dose. If you remember within two hours of your next dose, just skip the dose you missed and take your next dose at the usual time. Then continue your treatment as before.
Don’t take a double dose to make up for a missed dose.
If your child vomits within 15 minutes of administration, give another dose as possible.
Some medication may reduce its efficacy, or increase its toxicity. Do not give your child any other medications or herbal products without first consulting your doctor.