(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?
Sublingual/buccal formulation strength
Transdermal patch strength
Nasal/oral spray Strength
Available as a licensed liquid or special?
Are specials or imports available?
N/A licensed alternative 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. Current resources suggest that it is likely to be safe to administer via enteral feeding tubes, however this is an unlicensed use of the medication. Clinicians should refer to specialist resources for advice on how to administer this medication via enteral feeding tubes.
Monitor for increased side effects or loss of efficacy (if administering via enteral route).