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Generic: zalcitabine
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It is used with other medicines to treat HIV

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What is this medicine?

ZALCITABINE, ddC (zal SITE a been) is an antiretroviral drug. It is used with other medicines to treat HIV. This medicine is not a cure for HIV. It will not stop the spread of HIV to others.

NOTE: This drug is discontinued in the United States.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
  • if you frequently drink alcohol containing drinks
  • kidney disease
  • liver disease
  • pancreatitis
  • tingling or numbness in the hands or feet
  • an unusual or allergic reaction to zalcitabine, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant
  • breast- feeding

How should I use this medicine?

Take this medicine by mouth with a glass of water. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Take this medicine on an empty stomach, at least 1 hour before or 2 hours after food. Do not take with food. Take your medicine at regular intervals. Do not take your medicine more often than directed. For your anti- HIV therapy to work as well as possible, take each dose exactly as prescribed. Do not skip doses or stop your medicine even if you feel better. Skipping doses may make the HIV virus resistant to this medicine and other medicines. Do not stop taking except on your doctor's advice.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. While this drug may be prescribed for children as young as 4 weeks old for selected conditions, precautions do apply.

What if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses.

What may interact with this medicine?

  • amphotericin
  • antacids
  • antibiotics called aminoglycosides
  • chloramphenicol
  • cimetidine
  • cisplatin
  • dapsone
  • disulfiram
  • doxorubicin
  • ethionamide
  • foscarnet
  • glutethimide
  • gold compounds
  • hydralazine
  • iodoquinol
  • isoniazid
  • metoclopramide
  • metronidazole
  • nitrofurantoin
  • other medicines for HIV
  • pentamidine
  • phenytoin
  • probenecid
  • ribavirin
  • vincristine

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