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Hivid Patient Information including If I Miss a Dose
In this Article
- What is zalcitabine (Hivid)?
- What are the possible side effects of zalcitabine (Hivid)?
- What is the most important information I should know about zalcitabine (Hivid)?
- What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking zalcitabine (Hivid)?
- How should I take zalcitabine (Hivid)?
- What happens if I miss a dose (Hivid)?
- What happens if I overdose (Hivid)?
- What should I avoid while taking zalcitabine (Hivid)?
- What other drugs will affect zalcitabine (Hivid)?
- Where can I get more information?
What happens if I miss a dose (Hivid)?
Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and take the medicine at the next regularly scheduled time. Do not take extra medicine to make up the missed dose.
What happens if I overdose (Hivid)?
Seek emergency medical attention if you think you have used too much of this medicine.
Symptoms of a zalcitabine overdose may include nausea or drowsiness.
What should I avoid while taking zalcitabine (Hivid)?
Avoid using antacids without your doctor's advice. Use only the specific type of antacid your doctor recommends. Antacids contain different medicines and some types can make it harder for your body to absorb zalcitabine.
Avoid drinking alcohol while taking zalcitabine. Alcohol may increase the risk of damage to the pancreas and/or liver.
Taking zalcitabine will not prevent you from passing HIV to other people through unprotected sex or sharing of needles. Talk with your doctor about safe methods of preventing HIV transmission during sex, such as using a condom and spermicide. Sharing drug or medicine needles is never safe, even for a healthy person.
What other drugs will affect zalcitabine (Hivid)?
Before taking zalcitabine, tell your doctor if you are using any of the following drugs:
- cimetidine (Tagamet);
- foscarnet (Foscavir);
- nitrofurantoin (Furadantin, Macrobid, Macrodantin);
- probenecid (Benemid);
- amphotericin B (Fungizone, AmBisome, Amphotec, Abelcet);
- an antibiotic such as amikacin (Amikin), gentamicin (Garamycin), kanamycin (Kantrex), neomycin (Mycifradin, Neo-Fradin, Neo-Tab), netilmicin (Netromycin), streptomycin, tobramycin (Nebcin, Tobi); or
- other drugs that can affect the pancreas, such as asparaginase (Elspar), azathioprine (Imuran), estrogens (birth control or hormone replacement), furosemide (Lasix), methyldopa (Aldomet), pentamidine (Nebupent), sulindac, valproic acid (Depakene), diuretics (water pills), sulfa drugs, or tetracycline antibiotics.
If you are using any of these drugs, you may not be able to use zalcitabine, or you may need dosage adjustments or special tests during treatment.
There may be other drugs not listed that can affect zalcitabine. Tell your doctor about all the prescription and over-the-counter medications you use. This includes vitamins, minerals, herbal products, and drugs prescribed by other doctors. Do not start using a new medication without telling your doctor.
Where can I get more information?
Your pharmacist has information about zalcitabine written for health professionals that you may read.
Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed
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