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What should I know about Retrovir IV before taking it?

Retrovir IV does not cure HIV infection or AIDS. Administered via intravenous infusion, Retrovir IV may be given along with other drugs to fight HIV/AIDS. Your healthcare provider will assess you periodically to make sure you are getting the right dose. Retrovir IV will not stop you from passing the human immunodeficiency virus during sexual contact so you should never have unprotected sex. Retrovir IV also will not prevent a mother from passing the HIV/AIDS to her child while breastfeeding. This drug may cause a potentially fatal condition called lactic acidosis, caused by a buildup of lactic acid in your body. Talk to your doctor about this risk. This drug can also cause serious liver complications. If you have a pre-existing liver condition, kidney disease, bone marrow or blood problems or a muscle disorder, you may not be able to take Retrovir IV.

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