Basic Information on Ziagen

When and How to Take Ziagen

Some general considerations to keep in mind during treatment with Ziagen include the following:
  • Ziagen comes in the form of a tablet and an oral solution (liquid). It is usually taken by mouth once or twice a day.
  • You can take Ziagen with or without food. If the medicine bothers your stomach, try taking it with food.
  • Try to take this medicine at the same time(s) every day to maintain an even level in your blood.
  • For the medication to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed. It is very important that you closely follow your healthcare provider's instructions for taking Ziagen. Missing doses can increase the chance of the virus developing a resistance to Ziagen, making it less effective.

Dosing Information

The dose of Ziagen your healthcare provider recommends will vary, depending on a number of factors, including:
  • Your age
  • Your weight (for children)
  • Other medical conditions you may have
  • Other medications you may be taking.
As always, do not adjust your dose unless your healthcare provider specifically tells you to do so.
(Click Ziagen Dosage for more information.)

Side Effects of Ziagen

As with any medicine, side effects are possible with Ziagen. However, not everyone who takes the drug will experience problems. In fact, most people tolerate it quite well. If side effects do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or can be treated easily by you or your healthcare provider. Serious reactions are less common.
Common side effects seen with Ziagen include but are not limited to:
  • Nausea
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue and a general ill feeling (malaise)
  • Vomiting
  • Sleep disorders.
(Click Ziagen Side Effects to learn more, including potentially serious side effects you should report immediately to your healthcare provider.)

Ziagen Drug Information

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