One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An antiviral drug used in the treatment of AIDS. It slows the growth of HIV infection in the body, but is not curative.
A thymidine derivative; chemical formula: C₁₀H₁₃N₅O₄
- ‘Intestinal absorption of penicillin, captopril, ciprofloxacin, quinidine and zidovudine was reported to be reduced when given with food.’
- ‘A medicine called zidovudine can reduce the rate of passing HIV from mother to baby by two thirds.’
- ‘Aids patients can get a manic syndrome related to the use of ganciclovir, zidovudine, and fluoxetine, which may respond to lithium.’
- ‘The drug is indicated for use in patients unresponsive to or intolerant of zidovudine, zalcitabine, or didanosine.’
- ‘PC scientists previously studied the effects of zidovudine use by the mother during pregnancy or by the newborn.’
1980s; arbitrary alteration of azidothymidine.
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