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WHAT IS STAVUDINE ?
Stavudine belongs to a group of drugs called as nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors (NRTIs). It works by inhibiting multiplication of viruses thus decreasing their levels in the infected patient. Stavudine is an antiviral medication that prevents human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) cells from multiplying in your body.
Stavudine is used in combination with other anti-viral drugs in the treatment of Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) infection. It does not cure the infection, but prevents the spread of HIV and HIV-related illnesses such as suppression of immunity, cancer and other infections.
POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS:
Stop using stavudine and get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
muscle pain or weakness; numb or cold feeling in your arms and legs; trouble breathing;
feeling dizzy, light-headed, tired, or very weak; stomach pain, nausea with vomiting; or fast or uneven heart rate.
Stop using stavudine and call your doctor at once if you have a serious side effect such as:
signs of a new infection such as fever, chills, sore throat, flu symptoms, easy bruising or unusual bleeding, loss of appetite, mouth sores;
severe pain in your upper stomach spreading to your back, nausea and vomiting, fast heart rate;
upper stomach pain, itching, loss of appetite, dark urine, clay-colored stools, jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes);
increased sweating, tremors in your hands, anxiety, feeling irritable, sleep problems (insomnia);
diarrhea, unexplained weight loss, menstrual changes, impotence, loss of interest in sex;
swelling in your neck or throat (enlarged thyroid);
weakness, numbness, pain, or prickly feeling in your hands or feet;
problems with walking, breathing, speech, swallowing, or eye movement; or
severe lower back pain, loss of bladder or bowel control.
Less serious side effects may include:
headache; mild nausea; mild skin rash; or changes in the shape or location of body fat (especially in your arms, legs, face, neck, breasts, and trunk).
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.
Store at 20° to 25°C (68° to 77°F). Dispense in a tight, light-resistant container .