Zidovudine is an antiviral medication that prevents human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) cells from multiplying in your body. Zidovudine is used to treat HIV, which causes the acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS). Zidovudine is also given during pregnancy to prevent an HIV-infected woman from passing the virus to her baby. Zidovudine is not a cure for HIV or AIDS. Zidovudine may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.
Zidovudine (Retrovir) is an antiviral prescription drug, which is used for the treatment of HIV infection in adults and children 4 weeks of age and older. Zidovudine is a nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitor that decreases the amount of HIV in the body so that the body's immune system could work better. Zidovudine is not a cure for HIV infection, but it slows down the damage to the body's immune system.