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What should I know about stavudine before taking it?

Be sure to take stavudine exactly as your doctor prescribes. You will need to have regular blood tests to make sure this medication is working properly. Tell your doctor if you currently have or have a history of alcohol abuse, gallstones, obesity, liver disease, pancreatitis, nerve disorders, diabetes or kidney disease, because your dose of stavudine may need to be modified.

The effects of stavudine on pregnancy are not known. Women with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) should not breastfeed to avoid passing the virus to the baby through breast milk. Stavudine has been linked to an increased risk for lactic acidosis (a dangerous buildup of lactic acid in the body), pancreatitis and liver problems.
Stavudine does not cure HIV infection and will not prevent the spread of the virus through bodily fluids. Talk with your doctor about how you can prevent spreading HIV to others.

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