What are the side effects of Retrovir IV?

Over time, Retrovir IV can cause a potentially fatal condition called lactic acidosis in which lactic acid builds up in the body. Tell your healthcare provider if you have signs of this condition, including muscle pain or weakness, nausea, vomiting or difficulty breathing.
Another symptom of lactic acidosis is a loss of feeling in your arms and legs.

Retrovir can also cause liver and kidney failure, which can also be fatal. Report any of these symptoms to your doctor: nausea, vomiting, dark-colored urine, stomach pain, yellowing of the eyes or skin or low grade fever. 

Other serious side effects include: easy bleeding or bruising with pale skin and weakness; white sores or patches in your mouth or on your lips; flu-like symptoms and any sign of a new infection.

Also, seek emergency care if you have an allergic reaction to the drug, marked by facial swelling, hives, rash and difficulty breathing.

Less serious side effects of Retrovir include: insomnia, muscle or joint pain, mild nausea or vomiting, constipation, pain or irritation at the injection site, mild skin rash, headaches, fatigue or changes in the place or shape of body fat.

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