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Dr. Julie Abbott
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Azidothymidine (Overview)

Azidothymidine is a nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitor which is a kind of drug used for HIV (anti-viral agent, antibiotic and antimicrobial).


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What is the time that resistance will happen to zidovudine?

What is the time that resistance will happen to zidovudine?

Depends: The amount of time for resistance to happen to azt (or zidovudine) depends on how adherent one is in taking their HIV medications. Standard HIV regimen usually includes at least a combination of 3 medications, often called haart (highly active anti-retroviral therapy). If someone is close to 100% adherent to their haart, resistance is very unlikely. However, lesser adherence leads to resistance. ...Read more

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Dr. Julie Abbott
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Azidothymidine (Overview)

Azidothymidine is a nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitor which is a kind of drug used for HIV (anti-viral agent, antibiotic and antimicrobial).


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Can you get high off zidovudine?

Can you get high off zidovudine?

No: No, it is very unlikely to get high off zidovudine at normal or high doses. It may cause more toxicities such as nausea, vomiting, headaches, severe anemia at high doses. ...Read more

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What is the use of zidovudine?

What is the use of zidovudine?

HIV infection: It's used to treat HIV infection, though it's an old drug that isn't widely used anymore in developed countries. ...Read more

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Can you get high off zidovudine?

No: No, it is very unlikely to get high off zidovudine at normal or high doses. It may cause more toxicities such as nausea, vomiting, headaches, severe anemia at high doses. ...Read more

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Are azt (zidovudine) type meds safe?

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. ...Read more

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What does it mean when someone takes azt (zidovudine)?

What does it mean when someone takes azt (zidovudine)?

AZT (zidovudine) treats HIV: Azt or zidovudine is one of several HIV medications used to treat HIV infection. It belongs to a class of HIV medications called nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors (nrtis). ...Read more

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What is the time that resistance will happen to zidovudine?

Depends: The amount of time for resistance to happen to azt (or zidovudine) depends on how adherent one is in taking their HIV medications. Standard HIV regimen usually includes at least a combination of 3 medications, often called haart (highly active anti-retroviral therapy). If someone is close to 100% adherent to their haart, resistance is very unlikely. However, lesser adherence leads to resistance. ...Read more

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What is the time that resistance will happen to azt (zidovudine)?

What is the time that resistance will happen to azt (zidovudine)?

Depends: The amount of time for resistance to happen to azt (or zidovudine) depends on how adherent one is in taking their HIV medications. Standard HIV regimen usually includes at least a combination of 3 medications, often called haart (highly active anti-retroviral therapy). If someone is close to 100% adherent to their haart, resistance is very unlikely. However, lesser adherence leads to resistance. ...Read more

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What is the time that resistance will develop to azt (zidovudine)?

Depends: The amount of time for resistance to happen to azt (or zidovudine) depends on how adherent one is in taking their HIV medications. Standard HIV regimen usually includes at least a combination of 3 medications, often called haart (highly active anti-retroviral therapy). If someone is close to 100% adherent to their haart, resistance is very unlikely. However, lesser adherence leads to resistance. ...Read more

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Was azt (zidovudine) originally developed for cancer?

Although it: Has chemical structure of a nucleoside, and 6-mercaptopurine analog, an agent used to treat leukemia, azt (zidovudine) was inert against human leukemia and solid tumors. It has reverse-transriptase inhibition, rns virus need that enzyme to make dna, which in turn can insert into human dna. It is this use that led to testing against HIV virus. ...Read more

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

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. ...Read more

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How do I find an azt (zidovudine) clinic?

HIV clinic: You don't want an "azt clinic, " you want an "hiv clinic." you can ask your doctor, or a local aids service organization. There are also websites where you can find out about local HIV centers and clinicians in your area, including http://www.Hivma.Org and http://www.Aahivm.Org. ...Read more

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Can you take atripla and zidovudine (azt) together?

Yes: That would generally be done only if you had some degree of nucleoside analog resistance, such as resistance to the Emtricitabine component of atripla. ...Read more

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Can you take atripla and azt (zidovudine) at the same time?

Can you take atripla and azt (zidovudine) at the same time?

Yes, but...: You can, though it's an unusual combination. Azt (zidovudine) is no longer widely used in the U.S. Because of toxicity. Atripla alone is effective treatment against HIV infection in someone without drug resistance. The combination of azt (zidovudine) and Atripla could be used in someone with a modest degree of resistance to the nucleoside analog class of antiretrovirals, but it wouldn't be my first choice. ...Read more

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How does the azt (zidovudine) program work if you have hiv?

We use other drugs: There is no "azt (zidovudine) program." azt (zidovudine) is a drug that is no longer widely used, as it has been replaced by a number of easier, safer, and more effective drugs that, when used in combination, stop the HIV virus from replicating and infecting new cells. These leads to improvement in immune function and a much lower risk of illness and death. ...Read more

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What will happen if my hiv+ friend stops taking azt (zidovudine)?

Just AZT (zidovudine)?: If he's only taking azt (zidovudine), (zidovudine) stopping it may not cause many problems, because azt (zidovudine) alone is an ineffective way to treat hiv. If he's taking azt (zidovudine) in addition to other HIV drugs, then stopping will cause his viral load to go up, his CD4 count to decline, and he will be at greater risk for dying, progressing to aids, or developing other complications. He could also develop drug resistance by stopping. ...Read more

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Just curious student: have new HIV drugs changed much since the days of azt (zidovudine)? Do new drugs like stribild have a chance of being resisted?

Antiretrovirals: The HIV mutates continuously, and this is one of several reasons why combination therapy with several drugs attacking the virus in different stages of its life cycle are necessary. Development of resistance is very common and when this happens, alteration of the therapeutic choices are often made. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: AZT (zidovudine) allergy?

What is the definition or description of: AZT (zidovudine) allergy?

AZT allergy: Zidovudine is an antiviral medication that can be used in the treatment of HIV. For possible adverse effects see: https://www.drugs.com/cdi/zidovudine.html ...Read more

Dr. George Sotos
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Zidovudine (Definition)

Zidovudine is a nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitor which is a kind of drug used for HIV (anti-viral ...Read more