Zerit® (stavudine)

What is Zerit generic?

Zerit generic is an effective antiviral drug that prevents human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) from multiplying in the body.

Zerit generic is popularly used to treat AIDS caused by HIV. Zerit generic does not act prophylactically neither can it cure HIV or AIDS.

Zerit generic may be used for several other conditions not mentioned above.

Important information

Zerit generic must not be taken with any HIV combination that includes Combivir, Trizivir or retrovir.

Zerit generic may lead to acidosis in some patients, which can be fatal. Symptoms of acidosis may be weakness, muscle aches, cardiac arrhythmias, breathlessness, nausea and vomiting, dizziness, extreme fatigue and numbness of arms and legs. If you experience any of these symptoms, you must seek emergency medical help.

Very severe or even fatal pancreas or liver disorders may result from the usage of this medicine. If you experience symptoms of liver disorder like itching, icterus, upper stomach ache, nausea, loss of appetite, dark color urine, clay colored stools, you must stop intake of Zerit generic and immediately seek emergency medical help.

You must inform your doctor about all your medical conditions before starting Zerit generic therapy. Update your doctor if you have renal disorder, hepatic disorder, history of pancreatitis, history of Zerit generic like drug usage in the past. Inform about the previous usage of emtricitabine, abacavir, didanosine , zidovudine, tenofovir, lamivudine etc.

Before taking this medicine

Zerit generic must not be taken with any HIV combination that includes Combivir, Trizivir or retrovir. You must not take Zerit generic if you are allergic to stavudine.

Zerit generic may lead to acidosis in some patients, which can be fatal. Symptoms of acidosis may be weakness, muscle aches, cardiac arrhythmias, breathlessness, nausea and vomiting, dizziness, extreme fatigue and numbness of arms and legs. If you experience any of these symptoms, you must seek emergency medical help. If you are overweight, a woman, taken HIV/AIDS medications for long time, have liver disorder, you are more prone to developing lactic acidosis.

To ensure safe usage of drug you must update your doctor about your medical conditions like:

  • Renal disorder
  • Diabetes (Zerit generic oral suspension has sucrose)
  • Previous usage of Zerit generic like drugs like Combivir, trizivir, retrovir, didanosine, tenofivir, zalcitabine, zidovudine,emtricitabine

FDA pregnancy category C. adverse effects of Zerit generic on fetus are unknown but infection may be transmitted from mother to developing fetus if not properly treated. Pregnant women may develop lactic acidosis by taking Zerit generic. You must keep your doctor informed about your pregnancy status. HIV positive women must not breast feed to avoid transmission of infection through breast milk.

Zerit generic side effects

Symptoms of Zerit generic allergy may be shortness of breath, muscle weakness, severe numbness, tingling, hives, swelling of face, throat, lips or tongue, fainting or rash.

Zerit generic may lead to acidosis in some patients, which can be fatal. Symptoms of acidosis may be weakness, muscle aches, cardiac arrhythmias, tachycardia,breathlessness, nausea and vomiting, dizziness, extreme fatigue and numbness of arms and legs. If you experience any of these symptoms, you must seek emergency medical help. If you are overweight, a woman, taken HIV/AIDS medications for long time, have liver disorder, you are more prone to developing lactic acidosis. Symptoms may appear gradually and then worsen.

If you develop serious side effects of Zerit generic, you must discontinue the medication and seek emergency medical help. Some of the serious side effects may be:

  • Fever
  • Difficulty in swallowing, pain in throat
  • Sore throat
  • Signs of infection (new) like fever, sore throat, flu symptoms, easy bruising, bleeding, mouth sores, loss of appetite
  • Swollen gums
  • Skin sores
  • Upper stomachache
  • Diarrhea
  • Breathlessness
  • Difficulty in eye movements
  • Sever LBA
  • Loss of bladder, bowel control
  • Menstrual problems
  • Hyper hydration

Less serious side effects of Zerit generic may be:

  • Mild nausea
  • Mild skin rash
  • Body fat changes especially in arms, face, legs, neck, waist and breasts

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Seek doctors advice about side effects. You may inform about side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 FREE.

What happens if I miss a dose?

If you miss any dose you can take it when you remember but if it’s time for the next dose do not take double dose at single time. If you missed just one dose, continue to take the rest of the dosages at regular intervals.

What happens if I overdose?

Contact poison helpline for drug overdose at 1-800-222-1222 FREE.Symptoms of Zerit generic overdose may be pain, numbness itching, loss of appetite, dark color urine, clay color stools, tingling, stomachache, icterus.

What should I avoid?

Alcohol increases the risk of liver damage, so it must not be used with viramune.

Zerit generic does not prevent transmission of HIV so you must not have unsafe sex; do not share your razors or toothbrush with others. Consult your doctor about safe ways of having sex.

How should I take Zerit generic?

You must follow the prescription instructions and take the medicine as prescribed by your doctor. Do not alter the dosage or duration of medication without seeking medical advice.

Zerit generic cannot be taken as the only drug for treating HIV/AIDS. You must always take it in combination with other HIV/AIDS medications to avoid developing resistance against Zerit generic.

Zerit generic may be taken empty stomach and is usually prescribed at the dosage of once in 12 hours. Zerit generic dosage is calculated by your weight, so if you have weight changes, inform your doctor.

Zerit generic oral suspension (liquid) must be shaken well before use and must be taken with food. You must measure the quantity of medicine with the proper device like dose measuring cup or spoon and not with the feeding spoon. If you don’t have the appropriate measuring device, you must buy one from the chemist shop.

To ensure the effectiveness of treatment you must get your blood analysis and liver function tests done regularly during the treatment. Regularly visit your consultant.

Store Zerit generic capsules in a dry, dark place at room temperature. Zerit generic oral suspension must be refrigerated but not freezed. Discard any unused medication after 30 days of opening the bottle.

Dispose Zerit generic in a sealed bag or closed container. You may enquire about the take back disposal program.