ZIDOVUDINE Side Effects by Likelihood and Severity

COMMON side effects

If experienced, these tend to have a Severe expression i

  • anemia
  • low levels of white blood cells
  • low levels of a type of white blood cell called neutrophils

If experienced, these tend to have a Less Severe expression i

  • muscle pain
  • fever
  • decreased appetite
  • headache
  • cough
  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • a feeling of general discomfort called malaise

INFREQUENT side effects

If experienced, these tend to have a Severe expression i

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    If experienced, these tend to have a Less Severe expression i

    • indigestion
    • constipation
    • discoloration of nail
    • joint pain
    • difficulty sleeping
    • low energy
    • chills
    • stomach cramps
    • generalized weakness
    • pain in the muscles or bones
    • peripheral sensory nerve disorder

    RARE side effects

    If experienced, these tend to have a Severe expression i

    • increased blood acidity due to high levels of lactic acid
    • a type of blood disorder where the red blood cells burst called hemolytic anemia
    • a type of blood disorder with a decrease in all types of blood cells called pancytopenia
    • low blood counts due to bone marrow failure
    • decreased blood platelets
    • manic behavior
    • a toxic effect on the central nervous system, which consists of the brain and spinal cord
    • a disease with shrinking and weaker muscles called myopathy
    • cardiomyopathy, a disease of the heart muscle
    • inflammation of the blood vessels
    • enlarged fatty liver
    • inflammation of the liver called hepatitis
    • a skin disorder with blistering and peeling skin called toxic epidermal necrolysis
    • a skin disorder with blistering and peeling skin called Stevens-Johnson syndrome
    • a condition with muscle tissue breakdown called rhabdomyolysis
    • muscle inflammation
    • seizures
    • a significant type of allergic reaction called anaphylaxis
    • a type of allergic reaction called angioedema
    • a yellowing of the eyes or skin from buildup of bilirubin called jaundice
    • pancreatitis
    • macular edema
    • pure red cell aplasia

    If experienced, these tend to have a Less Severe expression i

    • confusion
    • depression
    • lazy eye
    • visual sensitivity to light
    • a stuffy and runny nose
    • inflammation of the tissue lining the sinuses
    • enlarged breasts
    • itching
    • skin discoloration
    • backache
    • drowsiness
    • fainting
    • sensation of spinning or whirling
    • dizziness
    • flu-like symptoms
    • excessive sweating
    • muscle tremors
    • taste impairment
    • high amount of bilirubin in the blood
    • trouble breathing
    • difficulty swallowing
    • gas
    • an increased need to urinate often
    • a feeling of pins and needles on skin
    • abnormal fat distribution
    • a delay when starting to urinate
    • hyperpigmentation of the inside of the mouth
    • anxious feelings

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