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Treatment Instructions for Stavudine

When and How to Take Stavudine

Some general considerations for when and how to take stavudine include the following:
  • Stavudine comes in the form of capsules or an oral solution (liquid). It is usually taken by mouth twice a day.
  • It does not matter if you take stavudine with food or on an empty stomach. If stavudine bothers your stomach, try taking it with food.
  • Try to take stavudine at the same times every day to maintain an even level of the medication in your blood.
  • For the medication to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed. It is very important that you closely follow your healthcare provider's instructions for taking stavudine. Missing doses can increase the chance of the virus developing a resistance to stavudine (making it less effective).

Who Makes Stavudine?

Stavudine is made by Bristol-Myers Squibb Company.

Stavudine Strengths

Stavudine comes in the following strengths and forms:
  • Stavudine 15 mg capsules
  • Stavudine 20 mg capsules
  • Stavudine 30 mg capsules
  • Stavudine 40 mg capsules
  • Stavudine 1 mg per mL oral solution.
At one point, a long-acting version (stavudine XR) was available, but this product is no longer being made.

Is There a Generic Version of Stavudine?

This medication is available in generic form (see Generic Zerit).

Stavudine for Treating HIV/AIDS

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