Retrovir (zidovudine, ZDV, formerly called AZT)

What brand names are available for zidovudine?

Retrovir

Is zidovudine available as a generic drug?

GENERIC AVAILABLE: Yes

Do I need a prescription for zidovudine?

Yes

What are the uses for zidovudine?

  • Zidovudine is used for the treatment of HIV and the prevention of HIV transmission from an infected mother to her fetus.

What are the side effects of zidovudine?

The most severe side effects of ziovudine are

  • a decrease in blood cells,
  • muscle pain (myopathy),
  • enlarged liver,
  • (hepatomegaly),
  • and metabolic disturbance (lactic acidosis).

Other side effects are

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