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Zidovudine, AZT, Retrovir


Zidovudine (AZT) is an antiviral, nucleoside analog, that inhibits reverse transcriptase.


antiviral, inhibits reverse transcriptase


adult T-cell leukemia/lymphoma, Citrobacter sp., Enterobacter sp., Epstein-Barr virus, Escherichia coli, Giardia lamblia, Haemophilus influenzae (º-lactamase positive), Haemophilus influenzae (º-lactamase negative), hepatitis B virus, human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), human T-lymphotropic virus type I (HTLV-I), Klebsiella sp., Proteus mirabilis, Proteus vulgaris, Salmonella typhi, Shigella sp., thrombocytopenia, Vibrio cholerae, Yersinia enterocolitica,

Side Effects

abdominal pain, anemia, cardiomyopathy, diarrhea, elevated hepatic enzymes, esophageal ulceration, granulocytopenia, headache, myopathy, nail discoloration, nausea/vomiting, seizures, thrombocytopenia,

Drug-Vitamin-Herb Interactions

Positive interactions:

L-Carnitine may prevent side effect of muscle damage, may enhance immune function.

Zinc, Copper and Vitamin B12
AZT may deplete Zinc, Copper and Vitamin B12.




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