- Tenofovir Disoproxil Fumarate
- Generic drugs are chemically identical to brand-name drugs in terms of active ingredient(s), intended use, quality, dosage, safety, bioavailability and effectiveness.
- Generic drugs are cheaper than brand-name drugs.
What is Generic for Retrovir* used for?
Generic for Retrovir* (Zidovudine) is an orally administered drug indicated for the treatment of HIV. It was the first approved anti-HIV drug that belongs to a class of drugs called nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors. This drug works by stopping HIV from further infecting uninfected cells in the body; thus, it slows down the progress of HIV. Generic for Retrovir*, which may be combined with other anti-HIV drugs, is also prescribed during pregnancy as it prevents transmission of HIV from mother to baby. This medicine may also be used to treat other conditions as determined by your doctor.
What is the recommended dosage of Generic for Retrovir*?
The dosage of Generic for Retrovir* prescribed to each patient will vary. Always follow your physician’s instructions and/or the directions on the prescription drug label.
Generic for Retrovir* can be taken on an empty stomach.
What if you miss a dose of Generic for Retrovir*?
If your physician has instructed or directed you to take Generic for Retrovir* medication in a regular schedule and you have missed a dose of this medicine, take it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, instead skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not double the doses unless otherwise directed.
It may be noted that missing doses may decrease the effectiveness of a drug. Hence, it is important not to miss doses of Generic for Retrovir*.
What if you overdose on Generic for Retrovir*?
Any medication taken in excess can have serious consequences. If you suspect an overdose, seek medical attention immediately. Some of the overdose symptoms of this drug include tiredness, vomiting, or severe persistent headache.
What other drugs could interact with Generic for Retrovir*?
- Valproic acid
It may be noted that drugs other than those listed above may also interact with Generic for Retrovir*.
Usually drug interactions occur when it is taken with another drug or with food. Before you take a medication for a particular ailment, you should inform the health expert about intake of any other medications including non-prescription medications, over-the-counter medicines that may increase the effect of Generic for Retrovir*, and dietary supplements like vitamins, minerals and herbal, so that the doctor can warn you of any possible drug interactions.
Generic for Retrovir* can interact with certain antibiotic medications.
Do let your doctor know if you smoke, consume alcohol or caffeinated drinks, or use illegal drugs as these may interfere with the action of your medication. Make sure to inform your doctor of any medical conditions you may have, or any family history of medical problems. Do not start or stop using any medicine without consulting your doctor.
What are the side effects of Generic for Retrovir*?
Like other medicines, Generic for Retrovir* can cause some side effects. If they do occur, the side effects of Generic for Retrovir* are most likely to be minor and temporary. However, some may be serious and may require the individual to inform the doctor or visit the nearest hospital immediately.
It is pertinent to note that side effects of Generic for Retrovir* cannot be anticipated. If any side effects of Generic for Retrovir* develop or change in intensity, the doctor should be informed as soon as possible.
Generic for Retrovir* can cause side effects such as skin rash, dizziness, anemia, itching, headache, nervousness, nausea, stomach pain, ear pain, mouth sores, congestion, and confusion. This is not a complete list of all side effects. Do concur with your doctor and follow his directions completely when you are taking Generic for Retrovir*.
What are the questions to ask your doctor before taking Generic for Retrovir*?
Is it possible for me to take Generic for Retrovir* with other drugs?
Should certain beverages, foods and other products be avoided when I take Generic for Retrovir*?
What are the possible drug interactions of Generic for Retrovir*?
How will Generic for Retrovir* work in my body?
How should Generic for Retrovir* be taken?
How to reduce the risk of Generic for Retrovir* drug interactions and side effects?
The health and medical information provided here is intended to supplement and not substitute for the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacists or other health care professional. It should not be understood to indicate that the use of Generic for Retrovir* is safe, appropriate or effective for you. Always consult your health care professional before using this, or any other, drug. Before using Generic for Retrovir*, inform your doctor if you are pregnant or breast-feeding your baby.