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Are azt (zidovudine) type meds for aids really safe?

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Dr. Joel Gallant
Infectious Disease 36 years experience
New drugs better: Azt (zidovudine) is an old drug with considerable toxicity. It's not widely used in the U.S. Anymore. The many antiretroviral agents that have taken its place can still have side effects, but they are far safer and better tolerated than the older drugs...And far safer and less toxic than HIV infection.

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A 44-year-old member asked:

Are azt (zidovudine) type meds safe?

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Dr. Joel Gallant
Infectious Disease 36 years experience
That depends: Azt (zidovudine) ishas a lot of side effects and toxicity, which is why it's less often used in the U.S. And other resource-rich countries these days. The more commonly used drugs in this class (the nucleoside analog reverse transcriptase inhibitors, or nrtis) are tenofovir, abacavir, lamivudine, and emtricitabine. These drugs are safer, more convenient, and more potent.

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