Zidovudine Coupon - Zidovudine 100mg capsule

Generic Retrovir

ZIDOVUDINE, ZDV is an antiretroviral medicine. It is used with other medicines to treat HIV. This medicine is not a cure for HIV. It will not stop the spread of HIV to others. Compare HIV NRTIs.
Zidovudine Coupon - Zidovudine 100mg capsule

Zidovudine Side Effects

What should I watch for?

Visit your doctor or health care professional for regular check ups. Discuss any new symptoms with your doctor. You will need to have important blood work done while on this medicine.

HIV is spread to others through sexual or blood contact. Talk to your doctor about how to stop the spread of HIV.

This medicine can cause blood problems. You may have slow healing and a higher risk of infection while on this medicine. Try to avoid cutting or injuring yourself. Be careful not to damage to your teeth and gums when you brush or floss your teeth.

This medicine may cause a decrease in vitamin B12. You should make sure that you get enough vitamin B12 while you are taking this medicine. Discuss the foods you eat and the vitamins you take with your health care professional.


Common and Rare Side Effects

Along with its needed effects, a medicine may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.

Check with your doctor immediately if any of the following side effects occur:

More common

Black, tarry stools



feeling of fullness


lower back or side pain

painful or difficult urination

pale skin

right upper abdominal pain and fullness

sore throat

stomach pain

swelling or inflammation of the mouth

swollen lymph nodes

ulcers, sores, or white spots in the mouth

unusual bleeding or bruising

unusual tiredness or weakness




fast, shallow breathing

general feeling of discomfort

loss of appetite

mood or mental changes

muscle pain, tenderness, weakness, or cramping




stomach discomfort

Incidence not known

Back or leg pain

bleeding gums

blistering, peeling, or loosening of the skin


blood in the urine

blurred vision or other change in vision

bone pain

burning, crawling, itching, numbness, prickling, "pins and needles", or tingling feelings

clay-colored stools


dark urine

decreased appetite

decreased urine output

difficult or labored breathing

difficulty in moving

difficulty in swallowing

dilated neck veins


extreme tiredness or weakness


fast, irregular, or pounding heartbeat

general body swelling

general tiredness and weakness


high fever

hives, skin rash


increased need to urinate


irregular breathing

irritation or soreness of the mouth

joint or muscle pain

lack of coordination

large, hive-like swelling on the face, eyelids, lips, tongue, throat, hands, legs, feet, or genitals

light-colored stools

muscle pain, cramp, spasm, or stiffness


pains in the stomach, side, or abdomen, possibly radiating to the back

passing urine more often

puffiness or swelling of the eyelids or around the eyes, face, lips, or tongue

red skin lesions, often with a purple center

red, irritated eyes

redness, soreness, or itching skin

runny nose

shakiness in the legs, arms, hands, or feet


sores, welts, or blisters

stabbing pain


swollen joints

swollen or painful glands

tightness in the chest

trouble sleeping

unexplained bleeding or bruising

unpleasant breath odor


vomiting of blood

weight gain

yellow eyes or skin

Some side effects may occur that usually do not need medical attention. These side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine. Also, your health care professional may be able to tell you about ways to prevent or reduce some of these side effects. Check with your health care professional if any of the following side effects continue or are bothersome or if you have any questions about them:

More common

Difficulty having a bowel movement

headache (severe)

lack or loss of strength

muscle soreness

weight loss

Less common

Bluish-brown colored bands on nails

changes in skin color

Incidence not known



stomach cramps

Other side effects not listed may also occur in some patients. If you notice any other effects, check with your healthcare professional.

Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

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