Brand Names : Zerit, d4T
Stavudine (STAV-yoo-deen) (also known as d4T) is used in the treatment of the
infection caused by the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). HIV is the virus
responsible for acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS).
Stavudine (d4T) will not cure or prevent HIV infection or AIDS; however, it
helps to keep HIV from reproducing and appears to slow down the destruction
of the immune system. This may help delay the development of problems usually
related to AIDS or HIV disease. Stavudine will not keep you from spreading HIV
to other people. People who receive this medicine may continue to have the problems
usually related to AIDS or HIV disease.
Stavudine may cause some serious side effects, including peripheral neuropathy.
Symptoms of peripheral neuropathy include tingling, burning, numbness, and pain
in the hands or feet. Check with your doctor if any new health problems or
symptoms occur while you are taking stavudine .
Stavudine is available only with your doctor's prescription, in the following
- Capsules (U.S. and Canada)
- Oral solution (U.S.)
Some commonly used brand names are:
In the U.S. -
In Canada -
Another commonly used name is d4T .