Are any warnings given when taking zidovudine?

Zidovudine carries many warnings. It may lower the number of certain white blood cells and may cause anemia and muscle problems.
When used alone or with other antiviral medications, zidovudine may cause serious liver damage as well as a blood condition called lactic acidosis. Call your doctor at once if you have serious symptoms, such as upset stomach, loss of appetite, dark yellow or brown urine, unusual bleeding or bruising, flu-like symptoms, yellow skin or eyes, and pain in the upper right part of your stomach, muscle pain or weakness, lack of strength, shortness of breath, unusual fatigue or weakness and pale skin.
Go to all appointments with your doctor and to the laboratory. Your doctor will request lab tests to help monitor your reaction to zidovudine.

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