Zerit

(Stavudine)

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Works with other medicines to treat HIV infection.

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Our 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.

Quick facts about Zerit
  • Drug class: Infection
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (stavudine)
Prices and discounts
Lowest price for 60 40mg capsules
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Upsides

  • 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.
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Downsides

  • 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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Lowest price for 60 40mg capsules
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$60.94
How it works

stavudine stops the replication of the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) within important cells of the body by preventing the virus from taking over normal functions of the cell for its own purposes.

Quick facts about Zerit
  • Drug class: Infection
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (stavudine)

Used for

  • HIV infection

Dosage forms

  • Pill
  • Liquid
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Side effect rates for Zerit (Stavudine)

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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.

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Common concerns from people taking Zerit (Stavudine)

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Interactions
  • Interacts with many different medications.
Food
  • Take with or without food.
Kidneys and liver
  • 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.
  • May cause serious side effects in your liver, kidneys, and pancreas.