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Ziagen Medication - Uses & Side Effects

Ziagen helps to halt the inroads of the human immunodeficiency virus. HIV gradually undermines the body's immune system, encouraging other infections to take hold until the body succumbs to full-blown acquired immune deficiency syndrome.

Ziagen Dosage

  • For adults, the usual starting dose is 300 milligrams twice a day in combination with other anti-HIV drugs.
  • The usual starting dose for children and adolescents 3 months to 16 years of age is 8 milligrams per 2.2 pounds of body weight twice a day in combination with other anti-HIV drugs.

Uses of Ziagen

  • It is used to treats human immunodeficiency virus.
  • It may also be used to treats other medical conditions those are listed in this medication guide.

Side Effects of Ziagen

Before taken Ziagen 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 Ziagen. Side effects may include:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Cough
  • Diarrhea
  • Fatigue
  • Headache
  • Joint pain
  • Mouth ulcers

Warnings and precautions before taking Ziagen:

  • If these symptoms appear, stop taking Ziagen and call your doctor immediately.
  • You should avoid Ziagen permanently if there's even a possibility that you've had an allergic reaction.
  • If you are overweight or have been taking HIV drugs similar to Ziagen for a long period of time, you are more likely to develop liver problems. If you develop either of these conditions, you should tell your doctor.
  • Because Ziagen and other HIV medications do not completely eliminate the virus, it remains possible to infect others with HIV through sexual contact or blood contamination. Continue to practice safe sex while using Ziagen.

Drug Interaction :-

If you are taking Ziagen 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 Ziagen with other drugs. If you are taking methadone, there is a slight chance that your dosage of methadone may need to be increased.


After taken Ziagen 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 Ziagen overdose include:

  • Cough
  • Diarrhea
  • Fatigue

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