Days Supply/Quantity for Stavudine (Zerit) prescription

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Your pharmacy stocks stavudine in bottles of 30 capsules. How many capsules would you need to dispense for a 90 day supply?

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Days Supply Question for Stavudine
by: David

Stavudine (Zerit) comes in several different strengths: 15mg, 20mg, 30mg, and 40mg. It also comes in an oral liquid formulation.

Stavudine is indicated for the treatment of those infected with HIV-1 (Human Immunodeficiency Virus.)

"The recommended dosage for adults:
-less than 60 kg: 30 mg every 12 hours
-at least 60 kg: 40 mg every 12 hours"-copied from https://aidsinfo.nih.gov/drugs/43/stavudine/0/professional

To answer your question, a 90 days supply would depend on the patient's weight, the patient's age, and what the doctor prescribes. However, as the next two paragraphs explain, the amount of pills is the same in each situation:

For adult patients less than 60kg, 30mg every 12 hours = 2 capsules/day. In this case, a 90-day-supply is 90 X 2 caps/day = 180 = 6 bottles of #30 each.

For adult patients at least 60kg, 40mg every 12 hours = 2 capsules/day. In this case, a 90-day-supply is 90 X 2 caps/day = 180 = 6 bottles of #30 each.

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