Retrovir Dosage

The recommended Retrovir dosage for adults is 200 mg three times daily or 300 mg twice daily. For children 6 weeks to 17 years old who are taking the drug, dosing is determined based on height and weight. Taking a Retrovir dose of 100 mg five times daily can help prevent transmission of HIV from a pregnant woman to her baby.

Retrovir Dosage: An Introduction

The dose of Retrovir® (zidovudine) that your healthcare provider recommends will vary, depending on a number of factors, including:
 
  • Your age
  • Your height and weight (particularly for children)
  • Other medical conditions you have
  • Other medications (especially other HIV medications) you are currently taking.
     
As always, do not adjust your Retrovir dose unless your healthcare provider specifically instructs you to do so.
 

Retrovir Dosage for Adults With HIV or AIDS

The recommended dose of Retrovir when treating adults (age 18 years and older) with HIV or AIDS is 200 mg three times daily or 300 mg twice daily. The twice-daily dose is usually preferred, since it reduces the number of pills you must take daily (known as the HIV "pill burden") and lowers the chance that you will forget to take the medicine. Retrovir should be used in combination with other HIV medications as part of an HIV "cocktail" (this is known as Highly Active Antiretroviral Therapy, or HAART).
 

Retrovir Dosage for Children With HIV or AIDS

The recommended dose of Retrovir when treating HIV or AIDS in children 6 weeks to 17 years old is based on height and weight. Your healthcare provider will calculate your child's body surface area using your child's current height and weight, and will recommend a Retrovir dosage based on this calculation. Alternatively, just your child's weight may be used (instead of using body surface area). The maximum dose for children in this age range is Retrovir 200 mg three times daily (or Retrovir 300 mg twice daily).
 

Retrovir Therapy -- Drug Information

Referring Pages:
Terms of Use
Advertise with Us
Contact Us
About eMedTV
Privacy Policy
Copyright © 2006-2017 Clinaero, Inc.
eMedTV serves only as an informational resource. This site does not dispense medical advice or advice of any kind. Site users seeking medical advice about their specific situation should consult with their own physician. Click Terms of Use for more information.