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Black Box Warning

WARNING: RISK OF HEMATOLOGICAL TOXICITY, MYOPATHY, LACTIC ACIDOSIS
See full prescribing information for complete Boxed Warning.
Hematologic Toxicity:
  • Zidovudine tablets have been associated with hematologic toxicity including neutropenia and severe anemia, particularly in patients with advanced HIV-1 disease.

Myopathy:

  • Prolonged use of zidovudine has been associated with symptomatic myopathy.

Lactic Acidosis and Severe Hepatomegaly:

  • Lactic acidosis and severe hepatomegaly with steatosis, including fatal cases, have been reported with the use of nucleoside analogues alone or in combination, including zidovudine and other antiretrovirals. Suspend treatment if clinical or laboratory findings suggestive of lactic acidosis or pronounced hepatotoxicity occur.

Overview

Zidovudine is an anti-HIV agent, anti-infective agent that is FDA approved for the treatment of HIV-1, prevention of maternal-fetal HIV-1 transmission. There is a Black Box Warning for this drug as shown here. Common adverse reactions include headache, malaise, nausea, anorexia and vomiting, fever, cough, digestive disorders, anemia, and neutropenia.

Adult Indications and Dosage

FDA-Labeled Indications and Dosage (Adult)

Treatment of HIV-1
  • Dosing Information
  • For the treatment of HIV infection in adults, the recommended dose is 1 mg/kg IV infused over 1 hour 5 to 6 times a day. The patient should be switched to oral therapy as soon as possible.
  • 600 mg/day ORALLY in divided doses.
  • HIV infection: 1 mg/kg/dose IV 5 to 6 times a day.
Prevention of Maternal-Fetal HIV-1 Transmission
  • Zidovudine tablets are indicated for the prevention of maternal-fetal HIV-1 transmission. The indication is based on a dosing regimen that included three components:
  • antepartum therapy of HIV-1 infected mothers
  • intrapartum therapy of HIV-1 infected mothers
  • post-partum therapy of HIV-1 exposed neonate
  • Points to consider prior to initiating zidovudine tablets in pregnant women for the prevention of maternal-fetal HIV-1 transmission include:
  • In most cases, zidovudine tablets for prevention of maternal-fetal HIV-1 transmission should be given in combination with other antiretroviral drugs.
  • Prevention of HIV-1 transmission in women who have received zidovudine tablets for a prolonged period before pregnancy has not been evaluated.
  • Because the fetus is most susceptible to the potential teratogenic effects of drugs during the first 10 weeks of gestation and the risks of therapy with zidovudine tablets during that period are not fully known, women in the first trimester of pregnancy who do not require immediate initiation of antiretroviral therapy for their own health may consider delaying use; this indication is based on use after 14 weeks gestation.
  • Dosing Information
  • Maternal Dosing:
  • In HIV-infected women with HIV RNA levels greater than 400 copies/mL (or unknown HIV RNA) near delivery, regardless of antiretroviral therapy, the recommended regimen during labor and delivery (intrapartum) is zidovudine 2 mg/kg IV infused over 1 hour, followed by a continuous infusion of 1 mg/kg/hr until the umbilical cord is clamped. If a cesarean delivery is planned, the zidovudine IV infusion should begin 3 hours prior to scheduled delivery. If IV administration is not feasible, oral administration of zidovudine may be considered. Combination antiretroviral therapy should be initiated and/or continued throughout the antepartum and intrapartum period in the mother; however, oral zidovudine, taken as part of an antiretroviral regimen, should be discontinued during intrapartum IV zidovudine administration. Dose zidovudine per total body weight.
  • During pregnancy (greater than 14 week of pregnancy), 100 mg ORALLY 5 times daily until the start of labor.
  • HIV infection, Perinatal transmission; Prophylaxis: intrapartum dosing, 2 mg/kg (total body weight) IV over 1 hour, followed by 1 mg/kg (total body weight)/hr IV infusion during labor and until umbilical cord clamping.

Off-Label Use and Dosage (Adult)

Guideline-Supported Use

HIV infection, Occupational exposure; Prophylaxis
  • Class of Recommendation: Adult, Class IIa
  • Strength of Evidence: Adult, Category C
  • Dosing Information
  • Important Note:
  • Two combination products, Combivir(R) (lamivudine 150 mg and zidovudine 300 mg) and Trizivir(TM) (abacavir 300 mg, lamivudine 150 mg, and zidovudine 300 mg), are available. Retrovir(R) (zidovudine) should not be used in combination with Combivir(R) or Trizivir(R). See combination drug monographs for specific information on the combination products.
  • Dosage Equivalent:
  • Oral zidovudine 100 mg every 4 hours is approximately equal to 1 mg/kg IV every 4 hours.

Non–Guideline-Supported Use

Adult T-cell leukemia/lymphoma, In combination with interferon alfa
  • Dosing Information
  • For the treatment of human T-cell lymphotropic virus-I-associated adult T-cell leukemia/lymphoma, combination therapy with zidovudine 50 to 200 mg/dose orally 5 times daily plus interferon alfa-2b (Intron® A) 2.5 to 5 million units subQ once daily was studied in a small multicenter, single-arm, open-label trial. Doses were increased to zidovudine 200 mg/dose and interferon alfa 10 million units subQ once daily within 10 days if treatment was tolerated. Treatment was continued for 12 months in patients who achieved a complete or partial response. Granulocyte colony-stimulating factor use was permitted if severe neutropenia occurred (neutrophil count less than 500 cells/mm(3)).
  • For the treatment of human T-cell lymphotropic virus-I-associated acute or lymphomatous adult T-cell leukemia/lymphoma, combination therapy with zidovudine 200 mg orally every 4 hours while awake for a total of 5 doses (1000 mg)/day plus interferon alfa-2b (Intron® A) 5 million units subQ once daily was studied in a small multicenter, single-arm, open-label trial. The interferon alfa dosage was increased to 10 million units subQ once daily after 1 week if treatment was tolerated. Treatment was continued for 4 weeks past a complete response or for up to 1 year.

Pediatric Indications and Dosage

FDA-Labeled Indications and Dosage (Pediatric)

HIV infection(4 weeks or older and weighing 4 kg or more)
  • Dosing Information
  • Postpartum, the recommended IV dose in full-term neonates/infants younger than 6 weeks is 3 mg/kg every 12 hours. The recommended dose in preterm neonates (gestational age 30 weeks or greater to less than 35 weeks) 1.5 mg/kg IV every 12 hours advancing to 2.3 mg/kg IV every 12 hours at 15 days of age. If less than 30 weeks gestation at birth, the recommended dose is 1.5 mg/kg IV every 12 hours advancing to 2.3 mg/kg IV every 12 hours after 4 weeks of age.
  • Manufacturer Dosing:
  • The recommended dose in HIV-infected infants and children 4 weeks or older, weighing 4 kg or greater, is listed in the table below. Zidovudine syrup should be used to provide accurate dosage when whole tablets or capsules are not appropriate.
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  • Alternatively, using body surface area, the recommended dose in HIV-infected infants and children 4 weeks or older is 240 mg/m(2) orally twice daily or 160 mg/m(2) orally 3 times daily daily, not to exceed adult dosage of 600 mg/day.
  • Guideline Dosing:
  • The Department of Health and Human Services HIV treatment guidelines recommended doses in HIV-infected infants and children 6 weeks or older are as follows: for infants and children weighing 4 kg to less than 9 kg, the dose is 12 mg/kg twice daily; for children weighing 9 kg to less than 30 kg, the dose is 9 mg/kg twice daily; and for children weighing 30 kg or more, the dose is 300 mg twice daily. Alternatively, body surface area dosing of 180 to 240 mg/m(2) orally twice daily, or 160 mg/m(2) orally every 8 hours, may be used.
  • The recommended oral doses for treating HIV-infected infants younger than 6 weeks are full-term neonates (gestational age 35 weeks or greater) 4 mg/kg every 12 hours; premature neonates (30 weeks or greater to less than 35 weeks gestational age) 2 mg/kg every 12 hours advancing to 3 mg/kg every 12 hours at 15 days of age; and for less than 30 weeks gestational age, the recommended dose is 2 mg/kg every 12 hours advancing to 3 mg/kg every 12 hours after 4 weeks of age.

HIV infection, Perinatal transmission; Prophylaxis

  • Dosing Information
  • Neonatal Manufacturer Dosing:
  • In neonates unable to receive oral dosing, zidovudine 1.5 mg/kg IV, infused over 30 minutes, every 6 hours (6 mg/kg/day) may be used.
  • Neonatal Guideline Dosing:
  • In neonates unable to receive oral dosing, IV zidovudine may be considered. For full-term neonates (gestational age of 35 weeks or greater at birth) the recommended IV dose of zidovudine is 3 mg/kg (infused over 30 minutes) every 12 hours. Preterm neonatal dosing is 1.5 mg/kg IV every 12 hours for infants less than 35 weeks' gestational age. Advance the dose to 2.3 mg/kg IV every 12 hours at 15 days of age for infants 30 weeks to less than 35 weeks gestation at birth; and advance dose at 4 weeks of age for infants less than 30 weeks gestation at birth. Zidovudine therapy should be initiated within 6 to 12 hours of birth and continued through 6 weeks of age. For infants born to HIV-infected women who have NOT received antiretroviral therapy prior to labor, 3 doses of nevirapine should be given in addition to zidovudine during the first week of life (each dose is 8 mg orally for infants 1.5 to 2 kg birthweight and 12 mg orally for infants weighing greater than 2 kg); give first dose at birth within 48 hours of birth, second dose 48 hours after first dose, and third dose 96 hours after second dose.
  • Neonatal Manufacturer Dosing:
  • The neonate should receive zidovudine 2 mg/kg orally every 6 hours (8 mg/kg/day) for 6 weeks; initiate within 12 hours of birth. In neonates unable to receive oral dosing, zidovudine 1.5 mg/kg IV, infused over 30 minutes, every 6 hours (6 mg/kg/day) may be used.
  • Neonatal Guideline Dosing:
  • The full-term neonate (gestational age of 35 weeks or greater) should receive zidovudine 4 mg/kg orally twice daily for 6 weeks; initiate within 6 to 12 hours of birth. Preterm neonatal dosing for infants with a gestational age less than 35 weeks is 2 mg/kg orally every 12 hours. Advance the dose to 3 mg/kg every 12 hours at 15 days of age for infants 30 weeks to less than 35 weeks gestation at birth. Advance the dose to 3 mg/kg every 12 hours at 4 weeks of age for infants less than 30 weeks gestation at birth. Zidovudine therapy should be initiated within 6 to 12 hours of birth and continued through 6 weeks of age. In infants unable to receive oral dosing, appropriate doses of IV zidovudine may be used. For infants born to HIV-infected women who have NOT received antiretroviral therapy prior to labor, 3 doses of nevirapine should be given in addition to zidovudine during the first week of life (each dose is 8 mg orally for infants 1.5 to 2 kg birthweight and 12 mg orally for infants weighing greater than 2 kg); give first dose within 48 hours of birth, second dose 48 hours after first dose, and third dose 96 hours after second dose.

Off-Label Use and Dosage (Pediatric)

Guideline-Supported Use

HIV infection, Occupational exposure; Prophylaxis
  • Class of Recommendation: Pediatric, Class IIa
  • Strength of Evidence: Pediatric, Category C

Non–Guideline-Supported Use

  • There is limited information regarding Off-Label Non–Guideline-Supported Use of Zidovudine in pediatric patients.

Contraindications

  • Zidovudine tablets are contraindicated in patients who have had potentially life threatening allergic reactions (e.g., anaphylaxis, Stevens-Johnson Syndrome) to any of the components of the formulations.

Warnings

WARNING: RISK OF HEMATOLOGICAL TOXICITY, MYOPATHY, LACTIC ACIDOSIS
See full prescribing information for complete Boxed Warning.
Hematologic Toxicity:
  • Zidovudine tablets have been associated with hematologic toxicity including neutropenia and severe anemia, particularly in patients with advanced HIV-1 disease.

Myopathy:

  • Prolonged use of zidovudine has been associated with symptomatic myopathy.

Lactic Acidosis and Severe Hepatomegaly:

  • Lactic acidosis and severe hepatomegaly with steatosis, including fatal cases, have been reported with the use of nucleoside analogues alone or in combination, including zidovudine and other antiretrovirals. Suspend treatment if clinical or laboratory findings suggestive of lactic acidosis or pronounced hepatotoxicity occur.

Hematologic Toxicity/Bone Marrow Suppression

  • Zidovudine should be used with caution in patients who have bone marrow compromise evidenced by granulocyte count < 1,000 cells/mm3 or hemoglobin < 9.5 g/dL. Hematologic toxicities appear to be related to pretreatment bone marrow reserve and to dose and duration of therapy. In patients with advanced symptomatic HIV-1 disease, anemia and neutropenia were the most significant adverse events observed. In patients who experience hematologic toxicity, a reduction in hemoglobin may occur as early as 2 to 4 weeks, and neutropenia usually occurs after 6 to 8 weeks. There have been reports of pancytopenia associated with the use of zidovudine, which was reversible in most instances after discontinuance of the drug. However, significant anemia, in many cases requiring dose adjustment, discontinuation of zidovudine, and/or blood transfusions, has occurred during treatment with zidovudine alone or in combination with other antiretrovirals.
  • Frequent blood counts are strongly recommended to detect severe anemia or neutropenia in patients with poor bone marrow reserve, particularly in patients with advanced HIV-1 disease who are treated with zidovudine. For HIV-1-infected individuals and patients with asymptomatic or early HIV-1 disease, periodic blood counts are recommended. If anemia or neutropenia develops, dosage interruption may be needed.

Myopathy

  • Myopathy and myositis with pathological changes, similar to that produced by HIV-1 disease, have been associated with prolonged use of zidovudine.

Lactic Acidosis/Severe Hepatomegaly with Steatosis

  • Lactic acidosis and severe hepatomegaly with steatosis, including fatal cases, have been reported with the use of nucleoside analogues alone or in combination, including zidovudine and other antiretrovirals. A majority of these cases have been in women. Obesity and prolonged exposure to antiretroviral nucleoside analogues may be risk factors. Particular caution should be exercised when administering zidovudine to any patient with known risk factors for liver disease; however, cases have also been reported in patients with no known risk factors. Treatment with zidovudine should be suspended in any patient who develops clinical or laboratory findings suggestive of lactic acidosis or pronounced hepatotoxicity (which may include hepatomegaly and steatosis even in the absence of marked transaminase elevations).

Use with Interferon- and Ribavirin-based Regimens in HIV-1/HCV Co-infected Patients

  • In vitro studies have shown ribavirin can reduce the phosphorylation of pyrimidine nucleoside analogues such as zidovudine. Although no evidence of a pharmacokinetic or pharmacodynamic interaction (e.g., loss of HIV-1/HCV virologic suppression) was seen when ribavirin was coadministered with zidovudine in HIV-1/HCV co-infected patients, exacerbation of anemia due to ribavirin has been reported when zidovudine is part of the HIV regimen. Coadministration of ribavirin and zidovudine is not advised. Consideration should be given to replacing zidovudine in established combination HIV-1/HCV therapy, especially in patients with a known history of zidovudine-induced anemia.
  • Hepatic decompensation (some fatal) has occurred in HIV-1/HCV co-infected patients receiving combination antiretroviral therapy for HIV-1 and interferon alfa with or without ribavirin. Patients receiving interferon alfa with or without ribavirin and zidovudine should be closely monitored for treatment-associated toxicities, especially hepatic decompensation, neutropenia and anemia.
  • Discontinuation of zidovudine should be considered as medically appropriate. Dose reduction or discontinuation of interferon alfa, ribavirin, or both should also be considered if worsening clinical toxicities are observed, including hepatic decompensation (e.g., Child-Pugh > 6) (see the complete prescribing information for interferon and ribavirin).

Use with Other Zidovudine-containing Products

  • Zidovudine tablets should not be administered with combination products that contain zidovudine as one of their components (e.g., COMBIVIR®* [lamivudine and zidovudine] Tablets or TRIZIVIR®* [[[abacavir sulfate]], lamivudine, and zidovudine] Tablets).

Immune Reconstitution Syndrome

  • Immune reconstitution syndrome has been reported in patients treated with combination antiretroviral therapy, including zidovudine. During the initial phase of combination antiretroviral treatment, patients whose immune systems respond may develop an inflammatory response to indolent or residual opportunistic infections (such as Mycobacterium avium infection, cytomegalovirus, Pneumocystis jirovecii pneumonia [PCP], or tuberculosis), which may necessitate further evaluation and treatment.
  • Autoimmune disorders (such as Graves’ disease, polymyositis and Guillain-Barré syndrome) have also been reported to occur in the setting of immune reconstitution, however, the time to onset is more variable and can occur many months after initiation of treatment.

Fat Redistribution

  • Redistribution/accumulation of body fat, including central obesity, dorsocervical fat enlargement (buffalo hump), peripheral wasting, facial wasting, breast enlargement and “cushingoid appearance”, have been observed in patients receiving antiretroviral therapy. The mechanism and long-term consequences of these events are currently unknown. A causal relationship has not been established.

Adverse Reactions

Clinical Trials Experience

  • The following adverse reactions are discussed in greater detail in other sections of the labeling:

Clinical Trials Experience

  • Because clinical trials are conducted under widely varying conditions, adverse reaction rates observed in the clinical trials of a drug cannot be directly compared to rates in the clinical trials of another drug and may not reflect the rates observed in practice.

Adults

  • The frequency and severity of adverse reactions associated with the use of zidovudine are greater in patients with more advanced infection at the time of initiation of therapy.
  • Table 3 summarizes events reported at a statistically significant greater incidence for patients receiving zidovudine in a monotherapy study.
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  • Selected laboratory abnormalities observed during a clinical study of monotherapy with zidovudine are shown in Table 4.
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  • ULN = Upper limit of normal.

Pediatrics

  • The clinical adverse reactions reported among adult recipients of zidovudine may also occur in pediatric patients.

Study ACTG 300

  • Selected clinical adverse reactions and physical findings with a ≥ 5% frequency during therapy with EPIVIR®* (lamivudine) Oral Suspension 4 mg/kg twice daily plus zidovudine 160 mg/m2 three times daily compared with didanosine in therapy-naive (≤ 56 days of antiretroviral therapy) pediatric patients are listed in Table 5.
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  • Selected laboratory abnormalities experienced by therapy-naive (≤ 56 days of antiretroviral therapy) pediatric patients are listed in Table 6.
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Use for the Prevention of Maternal-Fetal Transmission of HIV-1

  • In a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial in HIV-1-infected women and their neonates conducted to determine the utility of zidovudine for the prevention of maternal-fetal HIV-1 transmission, zidovudine syrup at 2 mg/kg was administered every 6 hours for 6 weeks to neonates beginning within 12 hours following birth. The most commonly reported adverse reactions were anemia (hemoglobin < 9 g/dL) and neutropenia (< 1,000 cells/mm3). Anemia occurred in 22% of the neonates who received zidovudine and in 12% of the neonates who received placebo. The mean difference in hemoglobin values was less than 1 g/dL for neonates receiving zidovudine compared with neonates receiving placebo. No neonates with anemia required transfusion and all hemoglobin values spontaneously returned to normal within 6 weeks after completion of therapy with zidovudine. Neutropenia in neonates was reported with similar frequency in the group that received zidovudine (21%) and in the group that received placebo (27%). The long-term consequences of in utero and infant exposure to zidovudine are unknown.

Postmarketing Experience

  • In addition to adverse reactions reported from clinical trials, the following reactions have been identified during post-marketing use of zidovudine. Because they are reported voluntarily from a population of unknown size, estimates of frequency cannot be made. These reactions have been chosen for inclusion due to a combination of their seriousness, frequency of reporting, or potential causal connection to zidovudine.
  • Body as a Whole: Back pain, chest pain, flu-like syndrome, generalized pain, redistribution/accumulation of body fat.
  • Urogenital: Urinary frequency, urinary hesitancy.

Drug Interactions

Antiretroviral Agents

Stavudine

  • Concomitant use of zidovudine with stavudine should be avoided since an antagonistic relationship has been demonstrated in vitro.

Nucleoside Analogues Affecting DNA Replication

  • Some nucleoside analogues affecting DNA replication, such as ribavirin, antagonize the in vitro antiviral activity of zidovudine against HIV-1; concomitant use of such drugs should be avoided.

Doxorubicin

  • Concomitant use of zidovudine with doxorubicin should be avoided since an antagonistic relationship has been demonstrated in vitro.

Hematologic/Bone Marrow Suppressive/Cytotoxic Agents

Use in Specific Populations

Pregnancy

Pregnancy Category (FDA): C Teratogenic Effects

  • In humans, treatment with zidovudine during pregnancy reduced the rate of maternal-fetal HIV-1 transmission from 24.9% for infants born to placebo-treated mothers to 7.8% for infants born to mothers treated with zidovudine. There were no differences in pregnancy-related adverse events between the treatment groups. Animal reproduction studies in rats and rabbits showed evidence of embryotoxicity and increased fetal malformations.
  • A randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial was conducted in HIV-1-infected pregnant women to determine the utility of zidovudine for the prevention of maternal-fetal HIV-1-transmission. Congenital abnormalities occurred with similar frequency between neonates born to mothers who received zidovudine and neonates born to mothers who received placebo. The observed abnormalities included problems in embryogenesis (prior to 14 weeks) or were recognized on ultrasound before or immediately after initiation of study drug.
  • Increased fetal resorptions occurred in pregnant rats and rabbits treated with doses of zidovudine that produced drug plasma concentrations 66 to 226 times (rats) and 12 to 87 times (rabbits) the mean steady-state peak human plasma concentration following a single 100 mg dose of zidovudine. There were no other reported developmental anomalies. In another developmental toxicity study, pregnant rats received zidovudine up to near-lethal doses that produced peak plasma concentrations 350 times peak human plasma concentrations (300 times the daily exposure [AUC] in humans given 600 mg/day zidovudine). This dose was associated with marked maternal toxicity and an increased incidence of fetal malformations. However, there were no signs of teratogenicity at doses up to one-fifth the lethal dose.

Antiretroviral Pregnancy Registry

  • To monitor maternal-fetal outcomes of pregnant women exposed to zidovudine, an Antiretroviral Pregnancy Registry has been established. Physicians are encouraged to register patients by calling 1-800-258-4263.


Pregnancy Category (AUS):

  • Australian Drug Evaluation Committee (ADEC) Pregnancy Category
  • There is no Australian Drug Evaluation Committee (ADEC) guidance on usage of Zidovudine in women who are pregnant.

Labor and Delivery

  • There is no FDA guidance on use of Zidovudine during labor and delivery.

Nursing Mothers

  • Zidovudine is excreted in human milk. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend that HIV-1-infected mothers in the United States not breast-feed their infants to avoid risking postnatal transmission of HIV-1 infection. Because of both the potential for HIV-1 transmission and the potential for serious adverse reactions in nursing infants, mothers should be instructed not to breast-feed if they are receiving zidovudine.

Pediatric Use

  • Zidovudine has been studied in HIV-1-infected pediatric patients ≥ 6 weeks of age who had HIV-1-related symptoms or who were asymptomatic with abnormal laboratory values indicating significant HIV-1-related immunosuppression. Zidovudine has also been studied in neonates perinatally exposed to HIV-1.

Geriatic Use

  • Clinical studies of zidovudine did not include sufficient numbers of subjects aged 65 and over to determine whether they respond differently from younger subjects. Other reported clinical experience has not identified differences in responses between the elderly and younger patients. In general, dose selection for an elderly patient should be cautious, reflecting the greater frequency of decreased hepatic, renal or cardiac function, and of concomitant disease or other drug therapy.

Gender

  • There is no FDA guidance on the use of Zidovudine with respect to specific gender populations.

Race

  • There is no FDA guidance on the use of Zidovudine with respect to specific racial populations.

Renal Impairment

  • In patients with severely impaired renal function (CrCl < 15 mL/min), dosage reduction is recommended.

Hepatic Impairment

  • Zidovudine is eliminated from the body primarily by renal excretion following metabolism in the liver (glucuronidation). Although the data are limited, zidovudine concentrations appear to be increased in patients with severely impaired hepatic function, which may increase the risk of hematologic toxicity.

Females of Reproductive Potential and Males

  • There is no FDA guidance on the use of Zidovudine in women of reproductive potentials and males.

Immunocompromised Patients

  • There is no FDA guidance one the use of Zidovudine in patients who are immunocompromised.

Administration and Monitoring

Administration

Treatment of HIV-1 Infection

Adults

  • The recommended oral dose of zidovudine tablets is 600 mg/day in divided doses in combination with other antiretroviral agents.

Pediatric Patients (Aged 4 Weeks to <18 Years)

  • Healthcare professionals should pay special attention to accurate calculation of the dose of zidovudine tablets, transcription of the medication order, dispensing information and dosing instructions to minimize risk for medication dosing errors.
  • Prescribers should calculate the appropriate dose of zidovudine tablets for each child based on body weight (kg) and should not exceed the recommended adult dose.
  • Before prescribing zidovudine tablets, children should be assessed for the ability to swallow tablets. If a child is unable to reliably swallow a zidovudine tablet, the zidovudine syrup formulation should be prescribed.
  • The recommended dosage in pediatric patients 4 weeks of age and older and weighing ≥ 4 kg is provided in Table 1. Zidovudine syrup should be used to provide accurate dosage when whole tablets are not appropriate.
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  • Alternatively, dosing for zidovudine tablets can be based on body surface area (BSA) for each child. The recommended oral dose of zidovudine tablets is 480 mg/m2/day in divided doses (240 mg/m2 twice daily or 160 mg/m2 three times daily). In some cases the dose calculated by mg/kg will not be the same as that calculated by BSA.

Prevention of Maternal-Fetal HIV-1 Transmission

  • The recommended dosage regimen for administration to pregnant women (> 14 weeks of pregnancy) and their neonates is:

Maternal Dosing

  • 100 mg orally 5 times per day until the start of labor. During labor and delivery, intravenous zidovudine should be administered at 2 mg/kg (total body weight) over 1 hour followed by a continuous intravenous infusion of 1 mg/kg/hour (total body weight) until clamping of the umbilical cord.

Neonatal Dosing

  • Start neonatal dosing within 12 hours after birth and continue through 6 weeks of age. Neonates unable to receive oral dosing may be administered zidovudine intravenously. See Table 2.
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Patients with Severe Anemia and/or Neutropenia

  • Significant anemia (hemoglobin < 7.5 g/dL or reduction > 25% of baseline) and/or significant neutropenia (granulocyte count < 750 cells/mm3 or reduction > 50% from baseline) may require a dose interruption until evidence of marrow recovery is observed. In patients who develop significant anemia, dose interruption does not necessarily eliminate the need for transfusion. If marrow recovery occurs following dose interruption, resumption in dose may be appropriate using adjunctive measures such as epoetin alfa at recommended doses, depending on hematologic indices such as serum erythropoetin level and patient tolerance.

Patients with Renal Impairment

End-Stage Renal Disease

  • In patients maintained on hemodialysis or peritoneal dialysis, the recommended dosage is 100 mg every 6 to 8 hours.

Patients with Hepatic Impairment

  • There are insufficient data to recommend dose adjustment of zidovudine tablets in patients with mild to moderate impaired hepatic function or liver cirrhosis.

DOSAGE FORMS AND STRENGTHS

Zidovudine Tablets

  • The 300 mg tablets are white to off-white film-coated, round, unscored tablets debossed with M 106 on one side of the tablet and blank on the other side.

Monitoring

  • There is limited information regarding Monitoring of Zidovudine in the drug label.
  • Description

IV Compatibility

  • There is limited information regarding IV Compatibility of Zidovudine in the drug label.

Overdosage

  • Acute overdoses of zidovudine have been reported in pediatric patients and adults. These involved exposures up to 50 grams. No specific symptoms or signs have been identified following acute overdosage with zidovudine apart from those listed as adverse events such as fatigue, headache, vomiting and occasional reports of hematological disturbances. All patients recovered without permanent sequelae. Hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis appear to have a negligible effect on the removal of zidovudine while elimination of its primary metabolite, 3’-azido-3’-deoxy-5’-O-β-D-glucopyranuronosylthymidine (GZDV), is enhanced.

Pharmacology

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Mechanism of Action

  • Zidovudine is an antiviral agent.

Structure

  • Zidovudine (formerly called azidothymidine [AZT]), is a pyrimidine nucleoside analogue active against HIV-1. The chemical name of zidovudine is 3’-Azido-3’-deoxythymidine; it has the following structural formula:
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  • Zidovudine, USP is a white to yellowish powder with a molecular weight of 267.24 and a solubility of 20.1 mg/mL in water at 25°C. The molecular formula is C10H13N5O4.
  • Zidovudine tablets, USP are for oral administration. Each film-coated tablet contains 300 mg of zidovudine, USP and the inactive ingredients hypromellose, magnesium stearate, microcrystalline cellulose, polyethylene glycol, sodium starch glycolate and titanium dioxide.

Pharmacodynamics

  • There is limited information regarding Pharmacodynamics of Zidovudine in the drug label.

Pharmacokinetics

Absorption and Bioavailability

  • In adults, following oral administration, zidovudine is rapidly absorbed and extensively distributed, with peak serum concentrations occurring within 0.5 to 1.5 hours. The AUC was equivalent when zidovudine was administered as zidovudine tablets or syrup compared with zidovudine capsules. The pharmacokinetic properties of zidovudine in fasting adult patients are summarized in Table 7.
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Distribution

  • The apparent volume of distribution of zidovudine, following oral administration, is 1.6 ± 0.6 L/kg; and binding to plasma protein is low, < 38% (Table 7).

Metabolism and Elimination

  • Zidovudine is primarily eliminated by hepatic metabolism. The major metabolite of zidovudine is GZDV. GZDV AUC is about 3-fold greater than the zidovudine AUC. Urinary recovery of zidovudine and GZDV accounts for 14% and 74%, respectively, of the dose following oral administration. A second metabolite, 3’-amino-3’-deoxythymidine (AMT), has been identified in the plasma following single-dose intravenous (IV) administration of zidovudine. The AMT AUC was one-fifth of the zidovudine AUC. Pharmacokinetics of zidovudine were dose independent at oral dosing regimens ranging from 2 mg/kg every 8 hours to 10 mg/kg every 4 hours.

Effect of Food on Absorption

  • Zidovudine may be administered with or without food. The zidovudine AUC was similar when a single dose of zidovudine was administered with food.

Special Populations

Renal Impairment

  • Zidovudine clearance was decreased resulting in increased zidovudine and GZDV half-life and AUC in patients with impaired renal function (n = 14) following a single 200 mg oral dose (Table 8). Plasma concentrations of AMT were not determined. A dose adjustment should not be necessary for patients with creatinine clearance (CrCl) ≥ 15 mL/min.
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Hemodialysis and Peritoneal Dialysis

  • The pharmacokinetics and tolerance of zidovudine were evaluated in a multiple-dose study in patients undergoing hemodialysis (n = 5) or peritoneal dialysis (n = 6) receiving escalating doses up to 200 mg five times daily for 8 weeks. Daily doses of 500 mg or less were well tolerated despite significantly elevated GZDV plasma concentrations. Apparent zidovudine oral clearance was approximately 50% of that reported in patients with normal renal function. Hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis appeared to have a negligible effect on the removal of zidovudine, whereas GZDV elimination was enhanced. A dosage adjustment is recommended for patients undergoing hemodialysis or peritoneal dialysis.

Hepatic Impairment

  • Data describing the effect of hepatic impairment on the pharmacokinetics of zidovudine are limited. However, because zidovudine is eliminated primarily by hepatic metabolism, it is expected that zidovudine clearance would be decreased and plasma concentrations would be increased following administration of the recommended adult doses to patients with hepatic impairment.

Pediatric Patients

  • Zidovudine pharmacokinetics have been evaluated in HIV-1-infected pediatric patients (Table 9).

Patients Aged 3 Months to 12 Years

  • Overall, zidovudine pharmacokinetics in pediatric patients greater than 3 months of age are similar to those in adult patients. Proportional increases in plasma zidovudine concentrations were observed following administration of oral solution from 90 to 240 mg/m2 every 6 hours. Oral bioavailability, terminal half-life and oral clearance were comparable to adult values. As in adult patients, the major route of elimination was by metabolism to GZDV. After intravenous dosing, about 29% of the dose was excreted in the urine unchanged and about 45% of the dose was excreted as GZDV.

Patients Aged Less Than 3 Months

  • Zidovudine pharmacokinetics have been evaluated in pediatric patients from birth to 3 months of life. Zidovudine elimination was determined immediately following birth in eight neonates who were exposed to zidovudine in utero. The half-life was 13 ± 5.8 hours. In neonates ≤ 14 days old, bioavailability was greater, total body clearance was slower and half-life was longer than in pediatric patients > 14 days old. For dose recommendations for neonates.
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Pregnancy

  • Zidovudine pharmacokinetics have been studied in a Phase I study of eight women during the last trimester of pregnancy. Zidovudine pharmacokinetics were similar to those of nonpregnant adults. Consistent with passive transmission of the drug across the placenta, zidovudine concentrations in neonatal plasma at birth were essentially equal to those in maternal plasma at delivery.
  • Although data are limited, methadone maintenance therapy in five pregnant women did not appear to alter zidovudine pharmacokinetics.

Nursing Mothers

  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend that HIV-1-infected mothers not breast-feed their infants to avoid risking postnatal transmission of HIV-1. After administration of a single dose of 200 mg zidovudine to 13 HIV-1-infected women, the mean concentration of zidovudine was similar in human milk and serum.

Geriatric Patients

  • Zidovudine pharmacokinetics have not been studied in patients over 65 years of age.

Gender

  • A pharmacokinetic study in healthy male (n = 12) and female (n = 12) subjects showed no differences in zidovudine AUC when a single dose of zidovudine was administered as the 300 mg zidovudine tablet.

Drug Interactions

  • [See Drug Interactions].
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Phenytoin

  • Phenytoin plasma levels have been reported to be low in some patients receiving zidovudine, while in one case a high level was documented. However, in a pharmacokinetic interaction study in which 12 HIV-1-positive volunteers received a single 300 mg phenytoin dose alone and during steady-state zidovudine conditions (200 mg every 4 hours), no change in phenytoin kinetics was observed. Although not designed to optimally assess the effect of phenytoin on zidovudine kinetics, a 30% decrease in oral zidovudine clearance was observed with phenytoin.

Ribavirin

  • In vitro data indicate ribavirin reduces phosphorylation of lamivudine, stavudine and zidovudine. However, no pharmacokinetic (e.g., plasma concentrations or intracellular triphosphorylated active metabolite concentrations) or pharmacodynamic (e.g., loss of HIV-1/HCV virologic suppression) interaction was observed when ribavirin and lamivudine (n = 18), stavudine (n = 10), or zidovudine (n = 6) were coadministered as part of a multidrug regimen to HIV-1/HCV co-infected patients.

Microbiology

Mechanism of Action

  • Zidovudine is a synthetic nucleoside analogue. Intracellularly, zidovudine is phosphorylated to its active 5’-triphosphate metabolite, zidovudine triphosphate (ZDV-TP). The principal mode of action of ZDV-TP is inhibition of reverse transcriptase (RT) via DNA chain termination after incorporation of the nucleotide analogue. ZDV-TP is a weak inhibitor of the cellular DNA polymerases α and γ and has been reported to be incorporated into the DNA of cells in culture.

Antiviral Activity

  • The antiviral activity of zidovudine against HIV-1 was assessed in a number of cell lines (including monocytes and fresh human peripheral blood lymphocytes). The EC50 and EC90 values for zidovudine were 0.01 to 0.49 µM (1 µM = 0.27 mcg/mL) and 0.1 to 9 µM, respectively. HIV-1 from therapy-naive subjects with no mutations associated with resistance gave median EC50 values of 0.011 µM (range: 0.005 to 0.110 µM) from Virco (n = 92 baseline samples from COL40263) and 0.0017 µM (0.006 to 0.0340 µM) from Monogram Biosciences (n = 135 baseline samples from ESS30009). The EC50 values of zidovudine against different HIV-1 clades (A-G) ranged from 0.00018 to 0.02 µM, and against HIV-2 isolates from 0.00049 to 0.004 µM. In cell culture drug combination studies, zidovudine demonstrates synergistic activity with the nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors abacavir, didanosine and lamivudine; the non-nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors delavirdine and nevirapine; and the protease inhibitors indinavir, nelfinavir, ritonavir, and saquinavir; and additive activity with interferon alfa. Ribavirin has been found to inhibit the phosphorylation of zidovudine in cell culture.

Resistance

  • Genotypic analyses of the isolates selected in cell culture and recovered from zidovudine-treated patients showed mutations in the HIV-1 RT gene resulting in six amino acid substitutions (M41L, D67N, K70R, L210W, T215Y or F, and K219Q) that confer zidovudine resistance. In general, higher levels of resistance were associated with greater number of amino acid substitutions. In some patients harboring zidovudine-resistant virus at baseline, phenotypic sensitivity to zidovudine was restored by 12 weeks of treatment with lamivudine and zidovudine. Combination therapy with lamivudine plus zidovudine delayed the emergence of substitutions conferring resistance to zidovudine.

Cross-resistance

  • In a study of 167 HIV-1-infected patients, isolates (n = 2) with multidrug resistance to didanosine, lamivudine, stavudine, zalcitabine and zidovudine were recovered from patients treated for ≥ 1 year with zidovudine plus didanosine or zidovudine plus zalcitabine. The pattern of resistance-associated amino acid substitutions with such combination therapies was different (A62V, V75I, F77L, F116Y, Q151M) from the pattern with zidovudine monotherapy, with the Q151M substitution being most commonly associated with multidrug resistance. The substitution at codon 151 in combination with substitutions at 62, 75, 77 and 116 results in a virus with reduced susceptibility to didanosine, lamivudine, stavudine, zalcitabine and zidovudine. Thymidine analogue mutations (TAMs) are selected by zidovudine and confer cross-resistance to abacavir, didanosine, stavudine, tenofovir and zalcitabine.

Nonclinical Toxicology

Carcinogenesis, Mutagenesis, Impairment of Fertility

  • Zidovudine was administered orally at three dosage levels to separate groups of mice and rats (60 females and 60 males in each group). Initial single daily doses were 30, 60 and 120 mg/kg/day in mice and 80, 220 and 600 mg/kg/day in rats. The doses in mice were reduced to 20, 30 and 40 mg/kg/day after day 90 because of treatment-related anemia, whereas in rats only the high dose was reduced to 450 mg/kg/day on day 91 and then to 300 mg/kg/day on day 279.
  • In mice, seven late-appearing (after 19 months) vaginal neoplasms (five nonmetastasizing squamous cell carcinomas, one squamous cell papilloma and one squamous polyp) occurred in animals given the highest dose. One late-appearing squamous cell papilloma occurred in the vagina of a middle-dose animal. No vaginal tumors were found at the lowest dose.
  • In rats, two late-appearing (after 20 months), nonmetastasizing vaginal squamous cell carcinomas occurred in animals given the highest dose. No vaginal tumors occurred at the low or middle dose in rats. No other drug-related tumors were observed in either sex of either species.
  • At doses that produced tumors in mice and rats, the estimated drug exposure (as measured by AUC) was approximately 3 times (mouse) and 24 times (rat) the estimated human exposure at the recommended therapeutic dose of 100 mg every 4 hours.
  • It is not known how predictive the results of rodent carcinogenicity studies may be for humans.
  • Zidovudine was mutagenic in a 5178Y/TK+/- mouse lymphoma assay, positive in an in vitro cell transformation assay, clastogenic in a cytogenetic assay using cultured human lymphocytes, and positive in mouse and rat micronucleus tests after repeated doses. It was negative in a cytogenetic study in rats given a single dose.
  • Zidovudine, administered to male and female rats at doses up to 7 times the usual adult dose based on body surface area, had no effect on fertility judged by conception rates.
  • Two transplacental carcinogenicity studies were conducted in mice. One study administered zidovudine at doses of 20 mg/kg/day or 40 mg/kg/day from gestation day 10 through parturition and lactation with dosing continuing in offspring for 24 months postnatally. The doses of zidovudine administered in this study produced zidovudine exposures approximately 3 times the estimated human exposure at recommended doses. After 24 months, an increase in incidence of vaginal tumors was noted with no increase in tumors in the liver or lung or any other organ in either gender. These findings are consistent with results of the standard oral carcinogenicity study in mice, as described earlier. A second study administered zidovudine at maximum tolerated doses of 12.5 mg/day or 25 mg/day (~1000 mg/kg nonpregnant body weight or ~ 450 mg/kg of term body weight) to pregnant mice from days 12 through 18 of gestation. There was an increase in the number of tumors in the lung, liver and female reproductive tracts in the offspring of mice receiving the higher dose level of zidovudine.

Reproductive and Developmental Toxicology Studies

  • Oral teratology studies in the rat and in the rabbit at doses up to 500 mg/kg/day revealed no evidence of teratogenicity with zidovudine. Zidovudine treatment resulted in embryo/fetal toxicity as evidenced by an increase in the incidence of fetal resorptions in rats given 150 or 450 mg/kg/day and rabbits given 500 mg/kg/day. The doses used in the teratology studies resulted in peak zidovudine plasma concentrations (after one-half of the daily dose) in rats 66 to 226 times, and in rabbits 12 to 87 times, mean steady-state peak human plasma concentrations (after one-sixth of the daily dose) achieved with the recommended daily dose (100 mg every 4 hours). In an in vitro experiment with fertilized mouse oocytes, zidovudine exposure resulted in a dose dependent reduction in blastocyst formation. In an additional teratology study in rats, a dose of 3000 mg/kg/day (very near the oral median lethal dose in rats of 3683 mg/kg) caused marked maternal toxicity and an increase in the incidence of fetal malformations. This dose resulted in peak zidovudine plasma concentrations 350 times peak human plasma concentrations. (Estimated AUC in rats at this dose level was 300 times the daily AUC in humans given 600 mg/day.) No evidence of teratogenicity was seen in this experiment at doses of 600 mg/kg/day or less.

Clinical Studies

  • Therapy with zidovudine has been shown to prolong survival and decrease the incidence of opportunistic infections in patients with advanced HIV-1 disease and to delay disease progression in asymptomatic HIV-1-infected patients.

Adults

Combination Therapy

  • Zidovudine in combination with other antiretroviral agents has been shown to be superior to monotherapy for one or more of the following endpoints: delaying death, delaying development of AIDS, increasing CD4+ cell counts, and decreasing plasma HIV-1 RNA.
  • The clinical efficacy of a combination regimen that includes zidovudine was demonstrated in study ACTG 320. This study was a multi-center, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial that compared zidovudine 600 mg/day plus EPIVIR®* 300 mg/day to zidovudine plus EPIVIR®* plus indinavir 800 mg three times daily. The incidence of AIDS-defining events or death was lower in the triple-drug–containing arm compared with the 2-drug–containing arm (6.1% vs. 10.9%, respectively).

Monotherapy

  • In controlled studies of treatment-naive patients conducted between 1986 and 1989, monotherapy with zidovudine, as compared with placebo, reduced the risk of HIV-1 disease progression, as assessed using endpoints that included the occurrence of HIV-1-related illnesses, AIDS-defining events, or death. These studies enrolled patients with advanced disease (BW 002), and asymptomatic or mildly symptomatic disease in patients with CD4+ cell counts between 200 and 500 cells/mm3 (ACTG 016 and ACTG 019). A survival benefit for monotherapy with zidovudine was not demonstrated in the latter two studies. Subsequent studies showed that the clinical benefit of monotherapy with zidovudine was time limited.

Pediatric Patients

  • ACTG 300 was a multi-center, randomized, double-blind study that provided for comparison of EPIVIR®* plus zidovudine to didanosine monotherapy. A total of 471 symptomatic, HIV-1-infected therapy-naive pediatric patients were enrolled in these two treatment arms. The median age was 2.7 years (range: 6 weeks to 14 years), the mean baseline CD4+ cell count was 868 cells/mm3, and the mean baseline plasma HIV-1 RNA was 5.0 log10 copies/mL. The median duration that patients remained on study was approximately 10 months. Results are summarized in Table 11.
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Prevention of Maternal-Fetal HIV-1 Transmission

  • The utility of zidovudine for the prevention of maternal-fetal HIV-1 transmission was demonstrated in a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial (ACTG 076) conducted in HIV-1-infected pregnant women with CD4+ cell counts of 200 to 1,818 cells/mm3 (median in the treated group: 560 cells/mm3) who had little or no previous exposure to zidovudine. Oral zidovudine was initiated between 14 and 34 weeks of gestation (median 11 weeks of therapy) followed by IV administration of zidovudine during labor and delivery. Following birth, neonates received oral zidovudine syrup for 6 weeks. The study showed a statistically significant difference in the incidence of HIV-1 infection in the neonates (based on viral culture from peripheral blood) between the group receiving zidovudine and the group receiving placebo. Of 363 neonates evaluated in the study, the estimated risk of HIV-1 infection was 7.8% in the group receiving zidovudine and 24.9% in the placebo group, a relative reduction in transmission risk of 68.7%. Zidovudine was well tolerated by mothers and infants. There was no difference in pregnancy-related adverse events between the treatment groups.

How Supplied

  • Zidovudine Tablets, USP are available containing 300 mg of zidovudine, USP.
  • The 300 mg tablets are white to off-white film-coated, round, unscored tablets debossed with M 106 on one side of the tablet and blank on the other side. They are available as follows:
  • NDC 0378-6106-91
  • bottles of 60 tablets

Storage

  • Store at 20° to 25°C (68° to 77°F). [See USP Controlled Room Temperature.]
  • Protect from moisture.
  • Dispense in a tight, light-resistant container as defined in the USP using a child-resistant closure.

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Patient Counseling Information

Advice for the Patient

Neutropenia and Anemia

  • Patients should be informed that the major toxicities of zidovudine are neutropenia and/or anemia. The frequency and severity of these toxicities are greater in patients with more advanced disease and in those who initiate therapy later in the course of their infection. Patients should be informed that if toxicity develops, they may require transfusions or drug discontinuation. Patients should be informed of the extreme importance of having their blood counts followed closely while on therapy, especially for patients with advanced symptomatic HIV-1 disease.

Myopathy

  • Patients should be informed that myopathy and myositis with pathological changes, similar to that produced by HIV-1 disease, have been associated with prolonged use of zidovudine.

Lactic Acidosis/Hepatomegaly

  • Patients should be informed that some HIV medicines, including zidovudine, can cause a rare, but serious condition called lactic acidosis with liver enlargement (hepatomegaly).

HIV-1/HCV Co-infection

  • Patients with HIV-1/HCV co-infection should be informed that hepatic decompensation (some fatal) has occurred in HIV-1/HCV co-infected patients receiving combination antiretroviral therapy for HIV-1 and interferon alfa with or without ribavirin .

Use with Other Zidovudine-containing Products

  • Zidovudine tablets should not be administered with combination products that contain zidovudine as one of their components (e.g., COMBIVIR®* [lamivudine and zidovudine] Tablets or TRIZIVIR®* [abacavir sulfate, lamivudine and zidovudine] Tablets).

Redistribution/Accumulation of Body Fat

  • Patients should be informed that redistribution or accumulation of body fat may occur in patients receiving antiretroviral therapy and that the cause and long-term health effects of these conditions are not known at this time.

Common Adverse Reactions

  • Patients should be informed that the most commonly reported adverse reactions in adult patients being treated with zidovudine were headache, malaise, nausea, anorexia and vomiting. The most commonly reported adverse reactions in pediatric patients receiving zidovudine were fever, cough and digestive disorders. Patients also should be encouraged to contact their physician if they experience muscle weakness, shortness of breath, symptoms of hepatitis or pancreatitis, or any other unexpected adverse events while being treated with zidovudine.

Drug Interactions

Pregnancy

  • Pregnant women considering the use of zidovudine during pregnancy for prevention of HIV-1 transmission to their infants should be informed that transmission may still occur in some cases despite therapy. The long-term consequences of in utero and infant exposure to zidovudine are unknown, including the possible risk of cancer.
  • HIV-1-infected pregnant women should be informed not to breast-feed to avoid postnatal transmission of HIV to a child who may not yet be infected.

Information About HIV-1 Infection

  • Ziduvine is not a cure for HIV-1 infection and patients may continue to experience illnesses associated with HIV-1 infection, including opportunistic infections. Patients should remain under the care of a physician when using zidovudine tablets.
  • Patients should be advised to avoid doing things that can spread HIV-1 infection to others.
  • Do not share needles or other injection equipment.
  • Do not share personal items that can have blood or body fluids on them, like toothbrushes and razor blades.
  • Do not have any kind of sex without protection. Always practice safe sex by using a latex or polyurethane condom or other barrier method to lower the chance of sexual contact with semen, vaginal secretions or blood.
  • Do not breast-feed. Zidovudine is excreted in human breast milk. Mothers with HIV-1 should not breast-feed because HIV-1 can be passed to the baby in the breast milk.
  • Patients should be informed to take all HIV medications exactly as prescribed.

Precautions with Alcohol

  • Alcohol-Zidovudine interaction has not been established. Talk to your doctor about the effects of taking alcohol with this medication.

Brand Names

Retrovir

Look-Alike Drug Names

There is limited information regarding Zidovudine Look-Alike Drug Names in the drug label.

Drug Shortage Status

Price

References

The contents of this FDA label are provided by the National Library of Medicine.


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