stavudine, Zerit

  • Pharmacy Author:
    Omudhome Ogbru, PharmD

    Dr. Ogbru received his Doctorate in Pharmacy from the University of the Pacific School of Pharmacy in 1995. He completed a Pharmacy Practice Residency at the University of Arizona/University Medical Center in 1996. He was a Professor of Pharmacy Practice and a Regional Clerkship Coordinator for the University of the Pacific School of Pharmacy from 1996-99.

  • Medical and Pharmacy Editor: Jay W. Marks, MD
    Jay W. Marks, MD

    Jay W. Marks, MD

    Jay W. Marks, MD, is a board-certified internist and gastroenterologist. He graduated from Yale University School of Medicine and trained in internal medicine and gastroenterology at UCLA/Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.

HIV/AIDS Myths and Facts

SIDE EFFECTS: The most severe side effects are:

Stavudine damages nerves and can cause a severe peripheral neuropathy, a condition in which sensation in the legs and/or arms is altered or lost. Symptoms of peripheral neuropathy are tingling, numbness and pain in the feet or hands.

Other side effects include

GENERIC AVAILABLE: Yes

PRESCRIPTION: Yes

PREPARATIONS: Capsules: 15, 20, 30 and 40 mg. Powder for oral solution, 1 mg/ml.

STORAGE: Capsules should be stored at room temperature, 15 C to 30 C (59 F to 86 F). The dry powder for oral solution should be kept at room temperature and away from moisture. Solutions should be refrigerated.

DOSING: The recommended dose for adults is 40 mg every 12 hours for those weighing 60 kg or more and 30 mg every 12 hours if less than 60 kg.

Newborns up to 13 days of age should receive 0.5 mg/kg every 12 hours and children older than 14 days and weighing less than 30 kg should receive 1 mg/kg.

Children weighing 30 kg or more should be treated as adults.

Stavudine may be administered without regard to meals.

DRUG INTERACTIONS: Zidovudine prevents the conversion of stavudine to its active form (stavudine triphosphate), and this reduces the action of stavudine against the HIV virus. Therefore stavudine should not be combined with zidovudine. There is experimental evidence that doxorubicin and ribavarin can reduce the conversion of stavudine to its active form. Therefore, combining stavudine with doxorubicin or ribavarin should be undertaken with caution.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 7/24/2015

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