What is Zidovudine?

Category: Prescription Drugs

Most popular types: Retrovir

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See also: Abacavir-lamivudine-zidovudine

Zidovudine, also known as AZT, ZDV and azidothymidine, is an antiretroviral agent used for treatment of HIV infection in combination with at least two other antiretroviral agents. As a monotherapy it is used for the prevention of maternal/fetal HIV transmission.

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe
3
Moderate
3
Mild
2
None
3

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Zidovudine

Side effect Patients
Anemia 1
Dizziness 1
Lipodystrophy (lipoatrophy or loss of fatty tissue) 1
Low CD4 count 1
Nausea 1

Why patients stopped taking Zidovudine

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Doctor's advice 12
Side effects too severe 7
Other 4
Did not seem to work 3
Course of treatment ended 1
Personal research 1
See all 21 patients who've stopped taking Zidovudine

Duration

Stopped taking Zidovudine

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 2
1 - 6 months 3
6 months - 1 year 4
1 - 2 years 2
2 - 5 years 4
5 - 10 years 4
10 years or more 2
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 9
Usually 0
Sometimes 1
Never taken as prescribed 1
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 2
Somewhat hard to take 2
A little hard to take 3
Not at all hard to take 4
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 2
$100-199 0
$50-99 0
$25-49 0
< $25 7
Not specified 2

What people switch to and from

Patients stopped taking Zidovudine and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Etravirine (Intelence) 1
Raltegravir (Isentress) 1
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4 patient evaluations for Zidovudine

Oct 19, 2011 (Started Jan 05, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV))
  • Side effects
    Severe (Low CD4 count, low CD4 count)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 300 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Feb 8, 2010 (Started Jul 01, 2006)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV))
  • Side effects
    Moderate (lipodystrophy (lipoatrophy or loss of fatty tissue))
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 600 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: AZT was not as bad as I thought it was be. I would go back on it if I had to. I am stopping because my arms starting really thinning out (veins showing), and AZT may be the culprit.
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: lipodystrophy (lipoatrophy or loss of fatty tissue), lipodystrophy (lipoatrophy or loss of fatty tissue)

May 1, 2009 (Started Jul 01, 2006)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV))
  • Side effects
    Mild (lipodystrophy (lipoatrophy or loss of fatty tissue))
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 600 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Use a weekly or monthly pill box to make it easier to remember to take your pills and also makes it easier to grab all the pills you need rather than one bottle at a time.
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: lipodystrophy (lipoatrophy or loss of fatty tissue), lipodystrophy (lipoatrophy or loss of fatty tissue)

  • 0 helpful marks

Sep 5, 1996 (Started Mar 09, 1993)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV))
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 600 mg Daily

  • 0 helpful marks
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