Zerit

(Stavudine)

  • Pill
  • Liquid
  • HIV infection
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Works with other medicines to treat HIV infection.

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Lower-cost generic available

Our pharmacists’ bottom line

Within the Nucleoside Reverse Transcriptase Inhibitor (NRTI) drug class, stavudine can be a difficult drug to take. stavudine has numerous serious side effects and probably won't be your first choice.

  • stavudine is provided as both capsules and an oral solution.
  • Take with or without food.
  • Can be used by patients on dialysis.
  • While stavudine doesn’t cure HIV, it does reduce the number of viral copies being made in your blood, giving your healthy immune cells (CD4 cells) a better chance to do their job.
  • Must take twice a day, every 12 hours.
  • The amount of stavudine you will take is based on your body weight, kidney, and liver function.
  • Interacts with many different medications.
  • May cause serious side effects in your liver, kidneys, and pancreas.
  • Can cause significant tingling in your hands or feet.

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Side effects for Zerit (Stavudine)

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These are side effects of Zerit (Stavudine) reported to the FDA by people taking it, and by doctors and pharmacists.

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What to expect when you take Zerit (Stavudine)

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Tips from our pharmacists
  • Set a timer on your phone to make sure you don't forget to take stavudine at the right time.
  • Talk with your doctor about all other medications you are taking since stavudine interacts with many other drugs.
  • Work with your doctor to get regular blood tests. The goal is to make sure the drug is working well and safely.
  • Keep an eye out for any new symptoms or side effects you may start to feel while taking stavudine and report them to your doctor.

Risks and Warnings for Zerit (Stavudine)

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  • stavudine can cause this rare but life-threatening condition. Symptoms include deep and rapid breathing, nausea, vomiting, and stomach pain. This is a medical emergency and you should get help right away. Baseline blood work for kidney and liver function are helpful to see if you can use stavudine. It may not be a good choice for people with liver problems.

    This is a black box warning. The FDA requires this warning when there is a significant risk of serious or life-threatening effects that anyone taking the drug should consider.

Means that some groups have a high risk of experiencing this side effect

Tips from pharmacists and people taking Zerit (Stavudine)

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The FDA category for this medication is C. It is advised that you: Weigh risks vs. benefits
Pregnancy
Food
  • Upsides and downsides from our pharmacists
  • Take with or without food.
Kidneys & liver
  • Upsides and downsides from our pharmacists
  • The amount of stavudine you will take is based on your body weight, kidney, and liver function.
  • May cause serious side effects in your liver, kidneys, and pancreas.
  • Risks from our pharmacists
  • stavudine can cause this rare but life-threatening condition. Symptoms include deep and rapid breathing, nausea, vomiting, and stomach pain. This is a medical emergency and you should get help right away. Baseline blood work for kidney and liver function are helpful to see if you can use stavudine. It may not be a good choice for people with liver problems.
Weight gain or loss
  • Upsides and downsides from our pharmacists
  • The amount of stavudine you will take is based on your body weight, kidney, and liver function.