Zalcitabine (Hivid, DDC or 2',3'-dideoxycytidine)

Photograph of Zalcitabine (Hivid, DDC or 2',3'-dideoxycytidine) under the microscope.

Zalcitabine is used in the treatment of AIDS, usually in combination with AZT and/or other drugs. Although these drugs will not lead to a cure of this deadly malady, they do help slow down the destruction of the immune system by the AIDS virus. The drug is marketed in the United States and Canada under the trade name Hivid or ddC. Side effects include abdominal pain, nausea, tingling, burning, and numbness.

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