Capsules: 15 milligrams,
Capsules: 20 milligrams,
Capsules: 30 milligrams,
Capsules: 40 milligrams;
Oral solution: 1 milligrams/ milliliters.
Zerit is prescribed for the treatment of HIV infection.
Zerit is one of the drugs prescribed to fight the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)--the deadly cause of AIDS. It is usually prescribed for people who have already been taking the HIV drug Retrovir for an extended period. HIV attacks the immune system, slowly destroying the body's ability to fight off infection. Zerit helps stave off the attack by disrupting the virus's ability to reproduce.
Signs and symptoms of HIV infection include diarrhea, fever, headache, infections, problems with the nervous system, rash, sore throat, and significant weight loss.
The recommended dose for adults is 40 milligrams twice daily for those weighing 60 kg or more and 30 milligrams twice daily if less than 60 kg.
Children weighing less than 30 kg should receive 1 milligrams/kg. Children weighing 30 kg or more should be treated like adults.
Zerit may be administered without regard to meals.
For adults weighing 132 pounds or more, the usual dose is 40 mg every 12 hours. For those under 132 pounds, the dose is 30 mg every 12 hours.
The usual starting dose for children weighing less than 66 pounds is 1 mg per 2.2 pounds of body weight every 12 hours. Children weighing 66 pounds or more should take the adult dose.
Dosage is often reduced for people with kidney problems.
The most severe side effects are:
- Muscle pain (myopathy);
- Metabolic disturbance (lactic acidosis);
- Liver failure;
- A decrease in blood cells;
Zerit damages nerves and can cause:
- A condition in which sensation in the legs and/or arms is altered or lost;
- A severe peripheral neuropathy;
Symptoms of peripheral neuropathy are:
- Numbness and pain in the feet or hands;
Other side effects include:
- Abdominal pain;
- Weight loss;
Zerit side effects that you should report to your health care professional or doctor as soon as possible:
- Pain Or Numbness And Tingling In The Hands And Feet;
- Nervous System Abnormalities;
- Nausea And Vomiting;
- Muscle Pain;
- Loss Of Appetite;
- Liver Damage;
- Allergic Reaction;
- Abdominal Pain;