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Nucleoside Reverse Transcriptase Inhibitors (NRTIs) work by being incorporated into the viral DNA, making it ineffective.

Trizivir (AZT, Abacavir & Epivir)


1 tablet twice per day

Instructions: May take with or without food. Take medications the same time each day. Keep appointments for blood draws to monitor blood count. Notify your doctor of all medicines being taken prior to starting Trizivir.

Side effects to report to your doctor

  • Generalized sick flu-like symptoms*
  • Headache
  • Nausea / vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Fatigue or weakness
  • Nasal symptoms (runny nose, cold symptoms)
  • Anemia (low blood count) causing fatigue, tiredness, weakness
  • Abdominal pain
  • Mental confusion (rare)

Drug interactions or incompatibility

  • Zerit will decrease the effectiveness of AZT

*Warning: Hypersensitivity reactions have been associated with abacavir. Contact you physician immediately if you develop fever, rash, fatigue, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or other flu-like symptoms. If you stop taking Trizivir, do not restart the drug without first contacting your physician.

For more information on Trizivir click here.


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