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Brand name: Retrovir

Retrovir is a medicine containing the active ingredient(s) zidovudine. On this page you will find out more about Retrovir, including side effects, age restrictions, food interactions and whether the medicine is subsidised by the government on the pharmaceutical benefits scheme (PBS)

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Active ingredient in this medicine: zidovudine

Pack size information

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Retrovir 100 mg capsule, 100

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What this medicine is for

Retrovir is indicated for: . Treatment of adult patients with severe symptomatic human immunodeficiency virus infection (AIDS or advanced AIDS related complex); . Treatment of other HIV-positive adult patients with less than 500 CD4 cells/mm3. Notes: (1) The limited available data currently support the extended use of Retrovir (Indication 2 above). (2) The optimal dosage for these indications has not been established. . Combination therapy in advanced HIV infection. The addition of HIVID (Zalcitabine) may be considered for the management of adult patients with advanced HIV infection and CD4 + cell counts less than or equal to 200/mm3, who have received Retrovir monotherapy for less than 12 months. Retrovir monotherapy is still indicated as initial therapy for adult patients with HIV infection who fulfil the approved indications. NEW INDICATIONS APPROVED 7TH FEBRUARY 1997: Retrovir (zidovudine) is indicated for the treatment of HIV infection, alone and in combination with other antiretroviral therapies. The optimum dosage for this indication has not been established.

Table of characteristics
Table of characteristics
Active ingredient
Visual appearance Opaque white cap and body coded GSYJU
Dosage Form Capsule
Route of administration Oral
Medicine schedule
100 capsules: Prescription Only Medicine, or Prescription Animal Remedy

There is one type of pack available.

Pack type 1
Pack type 1
Type Bottle
Storage temperature Store below 30 degrees Celsius
Storage conditions Protect from Light
Life time 5 Years
This medicine was verified as being available on the PBS (Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme) on 1 November 2017

The PBS provides a list of government subsidised medicines available to be dispensed to patients. Further information can be found on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme website.

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