Generic Zerit® : STAVUDINE
STAVUDINE is the chemical name of the active ingredient in Zerit®
Zerit® is the registered trademark of Bristol-Myers Squibb Company
Medication Information about Generic Zerit Important information about usage, risks and possible side-effects..
Capsules Chemical Name: STAVUDINE (STAV-yoo-deen)
Possible Uses of Zerit: This medicine is an antiviral used to manage human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection.
Before using Zerit: WARNING: Severe, even fatal, liver and blood acid-base balance problems (lactic acidosis) have occurred infrequently while using this medicine. Fatal lactic acidosis has also occurred during pregnancy when this medicine was used in combination with didanosine and other drugs used to treat HIV. Rare cases of muscle weakness/paralysis have occurred (similar to Guillain-Barre syndrome) especially in those with lactic acidosis. Notify your doctor immediately if you develop dark urine, yellowing of the skin or eyes, abdominal or stomach pain, rapid breathing, drowsiness, or muscle aches or weakness, or trouble breathing (e.g., very shallow breathing). When used in combination with certain medicines, pancreatitis (sometimes fatal) has occurred on rare occasions. Notify your doctor immediately if you develop severe stomach/abdominal pain. INFORM YOUR DOCTOR OR PHARMACIST of all prescription and over-the-counter medicine that you are taking. Inform your doctor of any other medical conditions, allergies, pregnancy, or breast-feeding.
How to take Zerit: Follow the directions for using this medicine provided by your doctor. THIS MEDICINE CAN BE TAKEN with food or on an empty stomach. CONTINUE TO TAKE THIS MEDICINE even if you feel well.
Precautions When Using Zerit: DO NOT EXCEED THE RECOMMENDED DOSE without checking with your doctor. Exceeding the prescribed dose of this medicine may not provide additional benefits, and may increase the risks of side effects. KEEP ALL DOCTOR AND LABORATORY APPOINTMENTS while you are using this medicine. THIS MEDICINE WILL NOT PREVENT YOU FROM SPREADING HIV through sexual or blood contact. If you have any questions concerning how to prevent the spread of HIV, ask your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist. THIS MEDICINE WILL NOT PREVENT OTHER INFECTIONS. If your health changes, check with your doctor. BEFORE YOU BEGIN TAKING ANY NEW MEDICINE, either prescription or over-the-counter, check with your doctor or pharmacist. IF YOU PLAN ON BECOMING PREGNANT, discuss with your doctor the benefits and risks of using this medicine during pregnancy. IT IS UNKNOWN IF THIS DRUG IS EXCRETED in breast milk. DO NOT BREAST-FEED while taking this medicine.
Side Effects of Zerit: SIDE EFFECTS, that may go away during treatment, include headache, muscle or bone pain, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, or constipation. If they continue or are bothersome, check with your doctor. CHECK WITH YOUR DOCTOR AS SOON AS POSSIBLE if you experience numbness, tingling, or pain in feet or hands; changes in body fat; sore throat; fever; or chills. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist.
Drug Interactions of Zerit: Drug interactions can result in unwanted side effects or prevent a medicine from doing its job.Inform your doctor about all the medicines you take with and without a prescription.
Missed dose of Zerit: IF YOU MISS A DOSE OF THIS MEDICINE and you are taking 1 dose daily, take the missed dose if you remember the same day. Skip the missed dose if you do not remember until the next day. do not double the next dose
Storage of Zerit: Store at room temperature away from sunlight and moisture. Keep this and all medications out of the reach of children.
Other Information of Zerit: DO NOT SHARE THIS MEDICINE with others for whom it was not prescribed. DO NOT USE THIS MEDICINE for other health conditions. KEEP THIS MEDICINE out of the reach of children. IF USING THIS MEDICINE FOR AN EXTENDED PERIOD OF TIME, obtain refills before your supply runs out.