| Zerit |
This medication is used in patients with human immunodeficiency viral (HIV) infection. This medication is not a cure and you may continue to develop illnesses related to HIV such as infections.
- This medication does not cure HIV infection nor does it reduce the risk of transmission of HIV to others through sexual contact or blood contamination.
- Prior to mixing with water this drug should be stored at room temperature between 59 to 86 degrees F (15 to 30 degrees C).
- Keep away from excessive moisture (do not store in the bathroom).
- Once mixed with water this drug is to be refrigerated between 36 to 46 degrees F (2 to 8 degrees C).
- Discard any unused solution after 30 days.
- Keep out of the reach of children.
- Shake well before using.
- This drug may be taken with or without meals.
- Take this exactly as directed.
- For the best results, space the doses at even intervals throughout the day (and night if directed by your doctor).
- This will help ensure an even level of drug in the body at all times.
- Ask your doctor or pharmacist to help devise a dosing schedule best for you.
- Do not increase your dose or take this more often than directed.
- Your condition will not improve faster but the risk of side effects may be increased.
- The most common side effect of this medication is peripheral neuropathy (nerve disorder).
- Symptoms of peripheral neuropathy are numbness, tingling, burning or pain of the hands or feet.
- Notify your doctor if you develop any of these.
- Headache, diarrhea or nausea or loss of appetite may occur.
- If any of these effects persist or worsen, notify your doctor promptly.
- Notify your doctor if chills, fever, sore throat, itch, rash, muscle aches, trouble sleeping, unusual bleeding or bruising, stomach pain, yellowing of the eyes or skin, dark urine or rapid breathing occur.
- 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 taking this medication tell your doctor of pre-existing kidney or liver diseases, pancreatitis, nerve disease, heart disease, major injury/surgery/infection, alcohol usage and of any allergies.
- This medication should be used only if clearly needed during pregnancy.
- Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor.
- It is not known if this medication appears in human breast milk.
- Avoid breast-feeding in order to protect the newborn from possible HIV transmission.
- Try to take each dose at the scheduled time.
- If you miss a dose, take it as soon as remembered; do not take it if it is near the time for the next dose, instead, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule.
- Do not "double-up" the dose to catch up.
- Tell your doctor of any over-the-counter or prescription medication you may take especially other drugs used to treat HIV disease (e.g., zidovudine, lamivudine).
- Do not start or stop any medicine without doctor or pharmacist approval.