Ziagen Product Description
Ziagen is an antiviral medication that averts the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) from replicating in your body. Ziagen is a medication that is used to treat HIV, a virus that if not treated, can cause acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS). This medication is for adults and children over the age of three months.
This medication is used in conjunction with other HIV medications to help control HIV infection. It helps your immune system work more efficiently by reducing the amount of HIV in your body. This reduces your chances of developing HIV-related consequences (such as new infections and cancer) while also improving your quality of life.
- A Medication Guide and a Warning Card are included with this medication, including the signs of an adverse reaction. Read this article to find out what symptoms to look out for.
- In children and/or teens, this medication dosage is calculated based on their weight. If your kid gains or loses weight, his or her dosage requirements may alter.
- Ziagen is a supplement that may be taken with or without meals.
- Measuring liquid medicine with care is essential. Use the syringe that comes with the medication or a dose-measuring device from a pharmacy (not a kitchen spoon).
Ziagen Side Effects
This medication has an influence on your immune system, which might lead to unwanted side effects (even weeks or months after you’ve taken it). You should contact your doctor if you experience any of the following symptoms:
- Fever, night sweats, swollen glands, cold sores, cough, wheezing, diarrhea, and weight loss are all indicators of a new infection.
- Difficulty speaking or eating, balance or eye movement issues, weakness or a stinging sensation; or
- Impotence, menstruation changes, and swelling in your neck or throat (enlarged thyroid).
- If you have ever had an adverse response to any Ziagen-containing drug, if you have moderate to severe liver disease, or if you carry the HLA-B*5701 allele, you should not use this medicine.
- If you have any of the following symptoms of an allergic reaction, stop taking this medication and contact your doctor right away: fever; rash; nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, stomach pain; general malaise, excessive weariness, body pains; shortness of breath, cough, sore throat
- Lactic acidosis, a harmful build-up of lactic acid in the blood, may occur. If you have unusual muscular pain, difficulties breathing, stomach discomfort, dizziness, feeling cold, or feeling very weak or exhausted, call your doctor or get immediate medical treatment.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is Ziagen 300 mg?
This is one form of the prescribed dose taken twice a day (daily dosage of 600 mg). Another form of the dose is 600 mg once a day. These are typically taken in combination with other antiretroviral agents.
Can the use of Ziagen cause weight gain?
Weight gain or weight loss are not common in patients using this drug.