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What is Retrovir (Zidovudine)?

Controlling HIV is now made possible by Retrovir, an ART (antiretroviral therapy) with beneficial results to the body. It’s recognized as one of the ARTs that clearly treats the illness while also boosting our immunity against infections. Doctors prescribe this medicine regardless of gender. Its main use is for pregnant women with HIV, as it can help prevent the virus from spreading to their babies. Since HIV is spread through blood, Retrovir ensures this does not happen during pregnancy. Retrovir is the brand name of Zidovudine, also available under the name Zidovir.  Retrovir comes in the form of 100 mg or 300 mg tablets.

How does Retrovir work?

Retrovir is a nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitor (NRTI), and works by inhibiting the virus from replicating itself. The infectious element of HIV is impeded, reducing its capacity to increase its number. Retrovir also helps promote the body’s immune system, allowing it to protect us even more from other infections.

Dosage

Some of the measuring factors for Retrovir dosage are: 
  • Individual age (with HIV) 
  • Bodyweight
  • Ongoing medical concerns of an individual
  • An ongoing medical treatment he/she is having

Adolescents/Adults Dosage

  • Patients weighing 30 kgs
  • 250/300 mg + other ARTs
  • Consume two per day

Children Dosage

  • Patients weighing 9 kgs
  • 9 mg per kilogram
  • Consume two per day

Pregnant Women Dosage

  • 500 mg 
  • Consume 100 mg five times

How to take it?

Retrovir is consumed differently for pregnant women. It is done at least 5 times daily. For other adults, it must be once only for the day.  After being diagnosed with HIV, you will be directed by your doctor on taking ART drugs. Do not forget your daily dosage as it can affect the treatment process. Furthermore, ensure you are communicating with your healthcare specialist if you encounter problems.

Zidovudine Side Effects

We categorized the following adverse reactions based on their level of effects on the body. These include:

Mild Side Effects: 

  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Mild headache
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Stomach pain 
  • Stomach cramps
  • Heartburn
  • Loss of appetite
  • Joint pain

Severe Side Effects: 

  • Swelling or numbness on some parts of the face 
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Itching
  • Hives
  • Blistering or peeling of the skin
  • Rash
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Unexplained muscle aches
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