Ziagen Uses

Ziagen is used to treat HIV infection and AIDS in adults and children as young as three months old. Healthcare providers occasionally recommend off-label Ziagen uses, such as preventing HIV infection in people exposed to the HIV virus (such as a healthcare worker who comes in contact with a contaminated needle). Ziagen is used in combination with other HIV and AIDS medications to prevent the HIV virus from multiplying.

What Is Ziagen Used For?

Ziagen® (abacavir sulfate) is a prescription medication used to treat HIV and AIDS. It is part of a group of medications known as nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors (NRTIs).
 
Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) was initially reported in the United States in 1981. Since then, it has become a significant, worldwide epidemic. AIDS is caused by the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). Initially, an HIV infection does not typically cause any obvious symptoms (see HIV Symptoms). However, by killing or damaging cells of the body's immune system, HIV will eventually begin to progressively destroy the body's ability to fight infections and certain cancers (see AIDS Symptoms).
 
HIV is commonly spread through sexual contact with an infected partner. HIV transmission also happens through contact with infected blood, which frequently occurs among IV drug users (who share needles or syringes contaminated with blood from someone infected with the virus). Women with HIV can transmit the virus to their babies during pregnancy, birth, or breastfeeding.
 
Ziagen is not intended to be used alone. Instead, it is used as part of an HIV "cocktail." These cocktails usually consist of three or four different HIV medications (technically known as Highly Active Anti-Retroviral Therapy, or HAART). Using combinations of medications helps to prevent the virus from becoming resistant to one or more of the drugs.
 

Ziagen Drug Information

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