Retrovir (Zidovudine) Customer Reviews


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Zidovudine is utilized in conjunction with other drugs to manage human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection.

Zidovudine is also administered to expectant HIV-positive women to mitigate the likelihood of transmitting the infection to the baby. Classified as a nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitor (NRTI), zidovudine operates by diminishing the quantity of HIV in the bloodstream. While zidovudine doesn’t provide a cure for HIV, it may diminish the probability of developing acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) and HIV-related conditions, including severe infections or cancer.

Uses and Dosage

Administer this medication orally, either with or without food, as instructed by your doctor, typically 2 to 3 times daily. Consume it with a full glass of water (8 ounces/240 milliliters), unless otherwise directed by your doctor. If using the liquid formulation, accurately measure the dose using a specialized measuring device or spoon; avoid household spoons, as they may lead to incorrect dosing.

The prescribed dosage is contingent on your medical condition and your response to the treatment. For children, the dose is also influenced by their weight. Pregnant individuals might need to take this medication up to 5 times daily. Newborns typically receive the liquid form every 6 hours for the first 6 weeks after birth to prevent infection.

Take this medication at least 2 hours before or after taking clarithromycin, as clarithromycin could hinder the full absorption of zidovudine.

For optimal efficacy, maintain consistent intervals between doses. To facilitate recall, adhere to a consistent schedule for taking this medication each day.

Adhering strictly to your doctor’s instructions, continue taking this medication (and other HIV medications). Do not skip doses. Ensure you refill your prescription before it’s depleted.

Do not exceed or reduce the prescribed dose of this drug or discontinue its usage (or other HIV medications), even briefly, without your doctor’s guidance. Skipping doses or altering the regimen without your doctor’s consent may result in increased viral load, heightened difficulty in treating the infection (drug resistance), or intensified side effects.

Side Effects

Some side effects may occur that usually do not need medical attention:

  • stomach pain or cramps
  • heartburn
  • diarrhea (especially in children)
  • constipation
  • headache
  • difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep

Inform your healthcare provider immediately if you experience any serious side effects:

  • rash
  • blistering or peeling of the skin
  • hives
  • itching
  • difficulty breathing or swallowing
  • swelling of the eyes, face, tongue, lips, or throat


Prior to commencing zidovudine, inform your doctor or pharmacist about any known allergies, whether to this medication or other substances. Inactive ingredients present in the product may trigger allergic reactions or other complications.

Before initiating this medication, share your medical history with your doctor or pharmacist, particularly if you have kidney problems, liver issues, a history of alcohol use, or low levels of red/white blood cells.

Be cautious with liquid formulations, as they might contain sugar. If you have diabetes or any condition requiring sugar restriction in your diet, consult your doctor or pharmacist regarding safe usage of this product.

Prior to using this medication, notify your doctor if you are pregnant. Treatment with this medication can mitigate the risk of transmitting HIV infection to your baby. Engage in a thorough discussion with your doctor about the potential risks and benefits.

Since this medication enters breast milk and breast milk can transmit HIV, refrain from breastfeeding while using this medication.

Form and Strength

Retrovir is available in the following forms and strengths:

  • Retrovir capsule:

    • 100mg
  • zidovudine capsule:

    • 100mg
    • 300mg


When should I take Retrovir?

Most people will take Retrovir twice a day. To keep the amount of medication in your body consistent, it’s best to take each dose 12 hours apart from each other.

Who should not use Retrovir?

Due to the potential side effects, Retrovir is not a good option for people who have anemia or other blood-related problems.



Additional information

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100mg, 300mg

Quantities Available:

60, 100, 120

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