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In the US, Zalcitabine is a member of the drug class nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors (NRTIs) and is used to treat HIV Infection.



ATC (Anatomical Therapeutic Chemical Classification)


CAS registry number (Chemical Abstracts Service)


Chemical Formula


Molecular Weight


Therapeutic Categories

Antiviral agent

Nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitor (NRTI)

Treatment of HIV infection

Chemical Name

2', 3'-Dideoxycytidine

Foreign Names

  • Zalcitabinum (Latin)
  • Zalcitabin (German)
  • Zalcitabine (French)
  • Zalcitabina (Spanish)

Generic Names

  • Zalcitabine (OS: BAN, USAN, JAN)
  • ddC (IS)
  • NSC 606170 (IS)
  • Ro 24-2027/000 (IS)
  • Zalcitabine (PH: USP 38)

Brand Names

  • Hivid
    Roche, Bangladesh; Roche, Lithuania; Roche, Tunisia; Roche, Venezuela


BANBritish Approved Name
ISInofficial Synonym
JANJapanese Accepted Name
OSOfficial Synonym
PHPharmacopoeia Name
Rec.INNRecommended International Nonproprietary Name (World Health Organization)
USANUnited States Adopted Name

Further information on drug naming conventions: International Nonproprietary Names.

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