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Zerit Medication - Uses & Side Effects

Zerit® is an antiviral drug known as nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitor. It inhibits the reproduction of HIV in the body. You can also used Stavudine in combination with other drugs to treat the HIV virus.

Zerit Dosage

  • For adults, the usual starting dose is 40 milligrams every 12 hours.
  • The usual starting dose for children weighing less than 66 pounds is 1 milligram per 2.2 pounds of body weight every 12 hours.

Uses of Zerit

  • Zerit is used to treat the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), which causes the acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS).
  • It may also be used to treat other medical conditions those are listed in the medication guide.

Side Effects of Zerit

Before taken Zerit medicine, you should discuss the side effects with your doctor.  If any develop or change in intensity, then you should inform your doctor as soon as possible. Because only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking Zerit. Side effects may include:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Sleeplessness
  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Nervous system abnormalities
  • Liver damage

Warnings and precautions before taking Zerit:

  • If you are taking this medicine, then it may cause dangerous side effects of Zerit is known as peripheral neuropathy, a serious condition in which various nerves may be damaged. If you notice numbness, tingling, or pain in your hands or feet, then you should tell your doctor immediately.
  • After taken this medicine, then you may feel dizzy, or drowsiness. So you should not participate in any activities that require alertness such as driving and operate machinery.
  • You should tell your doctor your medical history, especially if you have kidney or liver diseases, pancreatitis, nerve disease, major injury, any allergies.

Drug Interaction :-

If you are taking Zerit with certain other drugs, then the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. So it is especially important to check with your doctor before combining Zerit with the following:

  • Cisplatin
  • Dapsone
  • Nitrofurantoin
  • Phenytoin
  • Vincristine
  • Zalcitabine
Overdose

After taken Zerit if you feel that overdose is suspected, then you should contact with your doctor immediately. Because it may lead to another serious effect. Symptoms of a Zerit overdose include:

  • Liver damage
  • Numbness
  • Tingling


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