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Retrovir syrup 50mg/5ml 200ml

Retrovir syrup 50mg/5ml 200ml


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Manufacturer: GlaxoSmithKline UK

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Full instructions, dosage information and potential known side effects are all available in the leaflet that comes with the prescription product. If you require any advice or assistance with placing your order, please don’t hesitate to contact our team.


  • ZIDOVUDINE 50mg/5ml

How do I take/use this medicine?

Take Zidovudine exactly as directed by your doctor. Do not take more or less than instructed by your doctor.

You may take Zidovudine with or without food. Try to take it at the same time each day.

Zidovudine must be taken regularly for it to work well. Do not stop taking it unless instructed by your doctor. Your condition may worsen if Zidovudine is stopped suddenly.

If you have been given Zidovudine capsules or tablets, swallow it whole with a glass of water.

If you have been given Zidovudine syrup, measure out your prescribed dose using the dropper or measuring spoon provided. Swallow the syrup with some water.

Zidovudine is given together with other anti-HIV medicines. It is only one part of a HIV treatment programme and must be taken together with other anti-HIV medicines. Ensure that you take all your medicines exactly as directed by your doctor.

What should I take note of while using/taking this medicine?

Inform your doctor if you have any of these conditions:
- kidney disease
- high cholesterol levels
- diabetes (especially if you are on insulin)
- problems with your weight

Alert your doctor if you are pregnant or planning to have a baby.

Alert your doctor if you are breastfeeding. It is best that you do not breastfeed as HIV passes into the breast milk. Avoid breastfeeding in order to reduce the risk of passing HIV to your baby.

Zidovudine is not a cure for HIV or AIDS. It only helps to slow down the development of HIV infection.

Zidovudine does not reduce your risk of passing the HIV infection to others through sexual contact or through contamination with infected blood. Ensure that you use proper precautions to avoid spreading the HIV infection to others.

Both Zidovudine and HIV may weaken your immune system, leaving you more vulnerable to infections. Avoid crowded places and people who are sick to minimise the risk of catching an infection. While undergoing treatment, you may develop other infections or experience other health problems related to your HIV infection. Always keep your doctor updated on your condition and go for your appointed check-ups.

While being treated with Zidovudine, you will need to have regular blood tests. These blood tests help your doctor to monitor your condition and also to check if your blood counts are normal. Your doctor will advise you about how often you will need to have these blood tests.

If you are going for an operation, including minor operations and dental work, always inform your doctor, surgeon or dentist that you are taking Zidovudine. Do not receive any vaccinations without first checking with your doctor.

When should I not use this medicine?

Alert your doctor if you are allergic to Zidovudine or similar medicines.

Alert your doctor if you have any of these conditions:
- any kind of liver disease, including hepatitis B or C
- anaemia (low red blood cell count)
- neutropenia (low white blood cell count)
- bone marrow disease

Do not take Zidovudine together with these medicines:
- rifampicin (an antibiotic)
- stavudine (an antiviral)
- doxorubicin (a medicine for treating cancer)

If your baby is being treated with Zidovudine, alert the doctor if the baby appears jaundiced. The most obvious signs of jaundice are yellowish skin and yellowish whites of the eyes.

Are there any restrictions on the type of food I can take?

Avoid alcohol.

Why do I need this medicine?

Zidovudine is used together with other anti-viral medications to treat Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) infection. HIV infection can lead to Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS).

Zidovudine is used to treat HIV infection in adults and children.

Zidovudine is also used to prevent HIV-positive mothers from passing HIV to the unborn baby. It is also given to newborn babies of HIV-positive mothers to reduce the risk of the baby developing HIV.

Zidovudine is not a cure for HIV. It only helps to keep the virus in check and can help improve the quality of life. It does not prevent the spread of disease to other people.

What side effects could I experience?

Zidovudine may make you dizzy. If you feel dizzy, do not drive or take part in any activity in which you need to be alert.

Other common side effects of Zidovudine include headache, nausea or vomiting, indigestion, stomach pain, mouth ulcers, constipation, muscle aches, loss of appetite and tiredness. Less common side effects include problems sleeping, mood changes and blue or brown discolouration of the nails.

Inform your doctor if these symptoms are severe or refuse to go away.

Other side effects are not common but may be serious. You may need urgent medical attention. Alert your doctor immediately if you develop any of these side effects:

- lactic acidosis. Symptoms of lactic acidosis include nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, loss of appetite, generally feeling unwell, rapid breathing and muscle weakness affecting your movements. Alert your doctor immediately if you develop symptoms of lactic acidosis.

- chest pain
- fits or seizures
- unusual tiredness, breathing problems, weakness, bluish lips or fast heartbeat (signs of anaemia)
- signs of an infection such as fever, chills, persistent cough, flu-like symptoms, breathlessness or sore throat (signs of neutropenia)
- white patches on your tongue or the inside of your mouth
- joint aches and pains
- joint stiffness and problems moving around
- muscle weakness or pain
- stomach pain with nausea and vomiting, increased heart rate, rapid breathing, giddiness, fever and yellowing of the skin and white of your eyes
- numbness, tingling and pain in the arms or legs
- fat accumulation around the neck, abdomen or chest

Alert your doctor if you experience any other side effects while being treated with Zidovudine.

How should I store this medicine?

Store in a cool, dry place away from the reach of children.

Medicines must not be used past the expiry date.

If you have been given Zidovudine syrup, throw it away 1 month after you open it.

Can I take/use this with other medicines?

Alert your doctor if you are taking any of these medicines. Do not take Zidovudine together with these medicines:
- rifampicin (an antibiotic)
- stavudine (an antiviral)
- doxorubicin (a medicine for treating cancer)

Also alert your doctor if you are taking any of these medicines:
- ribavirin and alpha interferon (medicines used to treat hepatitis C)
- probenecid (a gout medicine)
- phenytoin, divalproex and sodium valproate (medicines used to treat fits or epilepsy)
- anti-infective agents such as pentamidine, atovaquone, dapsone, pyrimethamine, co-trimoxazole, clarithromycin
- anti-fungals such as amphotericin, flucytosine, fluconazole
- other anti-virals such as ganciclovir, acyclovir, valacyclovir
- cancer medicines such as vincristine, vinblastine, doxorubicin
- painkillers such as methadone, aspirin, diclofenac, naproxen

Always inform your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any other medicines, including herbal tonics, supplements and medicines that you buy without a prescription.

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