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Retrovir Capsules and Syrup

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Generic Name: Zidovudine
Product Name: Retrovir Capsules and Syrup


Zidovudine (Retrovir Capsules and Syrup) is used in patients for the treatment of HIV infection, including pregnant women to prevent transmission to neonates. It is also used to as a preventative measure protecting patients exposed to HIV.


Retrovir works by preventing HIV replication.

Dose advice

The recommended dose for Retrovir is two 250mg capsules twice daily. Retrovir is also available in liquid formulation.


Schedule 4

Common side effects

Uncommon side effects

  • Taste disturbance (5%)
  • Myalgia (8%)
  • Dyspnoea (5%)
  • Vomiting (6%)
  • Malaise (8%)
  • Sleep disorders (5%)


  1. Australian Medicines Handbook, Adelaide, Pharmaceutical Society of Australia, 2006.
  2. MIMS Online [online]. 2003 [cited 2007 July 10]. Available from: [URL Link]

For further information talk to your doctor.

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Posted On: 22 July, 2003
Modified On: 20 July, 2007


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