(℞) Prescription required. Can not be split. Product of UK/EU. Shipped from United Kingdom.
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(stav' yoo deen)Stavudine may cause serious or life-threatening lactic acidosis (build-up of acid in the blood) that will probably need to be treated in the hospital. The risk that you will develop lactic acidosis is higher if you are a woman, if you are overweight, and if you have been treated with medications for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) for a long time. The risk may also be higher if you are pregnant and you are taking stavudine along with didanosine (Videx). Tell your doctor if you have or have ever had liver disease, including hepatitis C virus infection. If you experience any of the following symptoms, call your doctor immediately: nausea; vomiting; loss of appetite; excessive tiredness; weakness; dizziness; lightheadedness; fast or irregular heartbeat; trouble breathing; dark yellow or brown urine; unusual bleeding or bruising; flu-like symptoms; light-colored bowel movements; yellowing of the skin or eyes; pain in the upper right part of your stomach; feeling cold, especially in the arms or legs; or muscle pain that is different than any muscle pain you usually experience. Stavudine may cause serious or life-threatening pancreatitis (swelling of the pancreas). Tell your doctor if you drink or have ever drunk large amounts of alcoholic beverages and if you have or have ever had pancreatitis. Do not drink alcohol while you are taking stavudine. Also tell your doctor if you are taking didanosine (Videx). If you experience any of the following symptoms, call your doctor immediately: stomach pain or swelling, nausea, vomiting, or fever. Keep all appointments with your doctor and the laboratory. Your doctor will order certain tests to check your body's response to stavudine. Talk to your doctor about the risks of taking stavudine.
Before taking stavudine,
- tell your doctor and pharmacist if you are allergic to stavudine, any other medications, or any of the ingredients in stavudine capsules or oral solution. Ask your pharmacist for a list of the ingredients or check the medication guide.
- tell your doctor and pharmacist what prescription and nonprescription medications, vitamins, nutritional supplements and herbal products you are taking. Be sure to mention those listed in the IMPORTANT WARNING section and doxorubicin, hydroxyurea (Droxia, Siklos), ribavirin (Rebetol, Ribasphere), or zidovudine (Retrovir, in Combivir, inTrizivir). Your doctor may need to change the doses of your medications or monitor you more carefully for side effects.
- tell your doctor if you are receiving dialysis treatments or if you have or have ever had kidney disease, diabetes, or peripheral neuropathy (a type of nerve damage that causes tingling, numbness, and pain in the hands and feet).
- tell your doctor if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding. If you become pregnant while taking stavudine, call your doctor. You should not breastfeed if you are infected with HIV or if you are taking stavudine.
- you should know that stavudine may cause side effects that must be treated right away before they become serious. Children who are taking stavudine may not be able to tell you about the side effects they are feeling. If you are giving stavudine to a child, ask the child's doctor how you can tell if the child is having these serious side effects.
- you should know that you may have a loss of body fat from your face, legs, and arms. Talk to your doctor if you notice this change.
- you should know that while you are taking medications to treat HIV infection, your immune system may get stronger and begin to fight other infections that were already in your body. This may cause you to develop symptoms of those infections. If you have new or worsening symptoms after starting treatment with stavudine, be sure to tell your doctor.
- if you have diabetes, you should know that there are 50 mg of sucrose in each teaspoon (5 mL) of stavudine oral solution.
- numbness, tingling, burning or pain in the hands or feet
- difficulty moving your hands and feet