Serious Reactions to Ziagen

Ziagen Side Effects to Report

There are a number of side effects with Ziagen that you should report to your healthcare provider. These include, but are not limited to:
 
  • Anemia
  • Frequent infections, which may be a sign of low neutrophil levels in the blood (known medically as neutropenia)
  • Unusual bleeding or bruising, which may be a sign of low blood platelets (known as thrombocytopenia)
  • Symptoms of lactic acidosis (too much lactic acid in the blood), such as:

 

    • Feeling tired or weak
    • Muscle pain
    • Trouble breathing
    • Abdominal pain (stomach pain)
    • Feeling cold
    • Cold or blue hands and feet
    • Dizziness or lightheadedness
    • A slow or irregular heartbeat
    • Persistent nausea, vomiting, and abdominal pain
    • Shortness of breath
    • An enlarged or tender liver
    • Weight loss

 

Ziagen and Allergic Reactions

Ziagen can cause very serious (sometimes life-threatening) allergic reactions. As a matter of fact, these dangerous reactions are fairly common. Some of the symptoms of an allergic reaction to Ziagen are common and may not actually be due to an allergic reaction in all cases. In order to help people know if a serious allergic reaction is occurring, the manufacturer of Ziagen has developed a system involving groups of symptoms. It is recommended that you stop taking Ziagen and call your healthcare provider immediately if you develop symptoms from two or more of the following groups of symptoms:
 
  • Group 1 -- Fever
  • Group 2 -- Rash
  • Group 3 -- Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, or abdominal pain (stomach pain)
  • Group 4 -- Extreme fatigue, a general ill feeling (malaise), or achiness
  • Group 5 -- Shortness of breath, coughing, or a sore throat.
     

Ziagen Drug Information

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