It is not known exactly what to expect from a zidovudine overdose, other than the usual side effects (which might occur more severely). If you happen to overdose on zidovudine, seek immediate medical attention.
(Click Retrovir Overdose for more information.)
Zidovudine should be stored at room temperature, away from moisture and heat. Keep the capsules, tablets, and syrup in an airtight container.
Keep zidovudine and all other medications out of the reach of children.
It is very important that you not miss any zidovudine doses. If you do not take the medication as scheduled, take the missed dose as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and continue with your regular schedule. Be sure to tell your healthcare provider if you are having trouble remembering to take your HIV medications.
Zidovudine comes in the following strengths and forms:
- Zidovudine 100 mg capsules
- Zidovudine 300 mg tablets
- Zidovudine syrup, containing 10 mg of zidovudine per mL (equivalent to 50 mg per teaspoonful)
- Zidovudine injection.
Currently, both brand-name and generic versions of zidovudine are available (see Generic Retrovir).