(Retrovir®, Combivir®(with lamuvidine), Zidovudine)
Available as tablets or capsules.
Available as soluble tablets?
Available as a liquid?
Available as something for placing under your tongue?
Available as something for placing on your gum?
Available as a patch for putting on your skin?
Available as an injection?
Available as nasal/oral spray?
Safe or appropriate to crush
Licensed alternative formulations available and therefore crushing is not recommended. SPC states Combivir tablets may be crushed and added to a small amount of semi-solid food or liquid, all of which should be consumed immediately.
Additional information for Healthcare Professionals+
Usual formulation brand names
Retrovir®, Combivir®(with lamuvidine)
Is tablet/capsule specially coated?
Soluble tablet strength
Sublingual/buccal formulation strength
Transdermal patch strength
Nasal/oral spray Strength
Available as a licensed liquid or special?
Are specials or imports available?
Is the liquid medicine sugar free?
Licensed for administration via enteral tube
Advice on administration via enteral tube
Cuurent resources suggest using the parenteral injection as first line if possible. If not possible additonal resources suggest that it is likely to be safe to administer to administer the oral solution via enteral feeding tubes. Stop the enteral feed before administration. Flush the feeding tube with water before and after administration of the medication. No break in feeding is required after the medication has been administered.
Monitor for increased side effects or loss of efficacy (if administering via enteral route).