| Retrovir |
This medication is used in the management of HIV infections in symptomatic adults. This is not a cure for HIV infections.
- This medication is usually administered initially in the hospital where your condition can be monitored closely.
- Laboratory tests will be done periodically to be sure the drug is working properly and to monitor for possible side effects.
- Store this medication in the refrigerator as directed.
- Properly discard of any unused medication after the expiration date.
- HOW TO USE THIS MEDICATION: This medication is given by injection by a health care professional.
- It is usually infused slowly into a vein over a period of 1 hour every 4 hours.
- For best results, take each dose at evenly spaced intervals around the clock.
- This will ensure a constant level of medication in your blood.
- This medication may cause nausea, stomach upset, headache, insomnia, sweating, dizziness, altered taste, muscle aches.
- If these symptoms continue or become bothersome, inform your doctor.
- Notify your doctor if you develop a skin rash, fever, flu-like symptoms, chest pain, breathing trouble, swelling of the feet or ankles, unusual bleeding or bruising, yellowing of the eyes or skin or dark urine.
- In the unlikely event you have an allergic reaction to this drug, seek immediate medical attention.
- Symptoms of an allergic reaction include rash, itching, swelling, dizziness or breathing trouble.
- If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.
- Before using this medication, tell your doctor of any illness you may have had such as liver or kidney disease, heart disease, major injury/surgery/infection, alcohol usage, blood or bleeding disorders and of any allergies.
- This medication should be used only if clearly needed during pregnancy.
- Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor.
- This drug is known to be excreted into breast milk.
- Avoid breast-feeding to prevent transmission of HIV to a child that may not be infected.
- It is important to use each dose at the scheduled time.
- If you miss a dose, use the next dose as soon as remembered and skip the missed dose.
- Do not "double-up" the dose to catch up.
- Tell your doctor of any over-the-counter or prescription medication you may take especially ganciclovir, ribavirin, fluconazole, interferon, methadone, valproic acid, probenecid, rifamycins, acetaminophen, aspirin, cimetidine, indomethacin, lorazepam, oxazepam, phenytoin, amphotericin B, co-trimoxazole, dapsone, doxorubicin, flucytosine, pentamidine, atovaquone, vinblastine or vincristine (drugs that suppress the bone marrow).
- Do not start or stop any medicine without doctor or pharmacist approval.