Stavir - 30 mg (Zerit)
US Brand Name Zerit
Strength 30mg
Generic Name Stavudine
Manufacturer Cipla
Pharmaceutical Form Capusles

Stavir - 30mg


This drug has a generic name Stavudine, which is an antiviral drug that prevents the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) virus from spreading in the body. It is used for the treatment of HIV/ AIDs. This medicine however, will not cure the body of HIV. It is sold under various trade names including Zerit and Stavir (made by Cipla).



Important information about Stavudine

You should avoid taking Stavudine if you have any known allergy with this medicine or any of its ingredients. Notify your doctor well in advance if you have following conditions: kidney disease, diabetes, or if you have used a similar medicine (similar to Stavudine) in the past such as abacavir, didanosine, emtricitabine, or others. This is to ensure whether it is safe for you or not. Also, remember that avoid Stavudine if you are already taking a combination HIV medicine which contains zidovudine.


Lactic acidosis has been observed in some people who are taking Stavudine. The initial stage symptoms of lactic acidosis may deteriorate over the time and can prove fatal. You must seek medical care immediately when you encounter the first sign of lactic acidosis such as muscle pain or weakness, breathing trouble, numb or cold feeling in the limbs, stomach pain, or nausea with vomiting. It can also cause severe damage to your liver or pancreas. Get medical attention quickly if you have any of the following conditions of liver damage or pancreas damage: sever pain in upper stomach which advances to the back, nausea and vomiting, fast heartbeats, itching, loss of appetite, dark urine, clay colored stools, or jaundice.

It belongs to FDA pregnancy category C drug. It is not known whether this drug can harm an unborn baby if taken during the pregnancy time. However, HIV can be passed into the baby if mother is not treated safely during pregnancy.



Before taking Stavudine


Before taking Stavudine, take care of all the above mentioned precautions. Discuss all the conditions with your doctor and clear all the doubts pertaining to this drug.



Dosage Information


Take Stavudine HIV/AIDS medication (Zerit, Stavir) exactly as your doctor prescribed. Do not alter the dosage unless your doctor advices you to do so. Also, do not consider this medicine in use after the prescription period is over. All medications comes with a patient leaflet, you should refer the medicine label to get more information about the drug. You may consume this tablet with or without food. This medicine should be taken once every 12 hours. Always maintain a fixed schedule to ensure the proper amount of medicine in your body. It is usually treated with a combination of drugs. Store the medicine in a cool or dry place.


Note: Stavudine dosage depends on lots of factors like age, sex, drug allergies, or seriousness of the condition, your doctor may fix the dosage by examining you properly.  Strictly follow the dosage instruction prescribed by your doctor.  



What if you miss a dose


If you miss a dose of Stavudine, take the dose as soon as you remember. Be aware to skip the dose if the next dose time is almost up. Taking multiple dose can lead to excess medicine in your body which might cause harmful conditions.   



What if you overdose


In case of overdose, get emergency medical help or call your doctor immediately.



Things to avoid


Avoid drinking alcohol because it can increase the chances of liver or pancreas damage. This drug could not safe your body to eliminate HIV. It will prevent the growth of multiplication of virus. Chances of spreading the virus still remain same through infected razors, needles or toothbrush, unprotected sex.



Side Effects


Some common side effects pertaining to this medicine are headache or diarrhea. If these effects persist or deteriorate, seek medical attention or contact your doctor immediately. Increase in fat deposition may occur such as increased fat in deposition in the upper back and stomach areas whereas less fat in arms and legs while taking Stavudine. Some patients may feel deterioration of previous medical condition as they experience the recovery, or develop new condition due to overactive immune system. Inform your doctor if you have any of these conditions. It may also increase the risk of bone loss. 


It can also cause nerve complications in the hands, feet, or legs also termed as peripheral neuropathy. Symptoms to nerve problems are numbness, tingling, muscle weakness or decreased muscle control. Seek medical care if you experience any of the above conditions.



Interaction with other drugs


Many other drugs can interact with Stavudine including didanosine, doxorubicin, hydroxyurea, interferon-alfa, or ribavirin. There may be some other drugs which can interact with Stavudine. Inform your doctor well in advance if you are using any of these medicines. Never start taking a new medicine without your doctor’s advice.


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