Generic Name : Abacavir Pronunciation : a-BAK-a-vir Therapeutic Classification : Antiretroviral Agents ICD Code : Y41.5
India- Abamune, Abavir, Abec, Synabac, Virol.
International- Ziagen. Why it is prescribed (Indications) :
This medication is an antiretroviral agent, prescribed for HIV/AIDS along with other medications. It blocks HIV replication and lowers the amount of HIV in the blood. When it is not to be taken (Contraindications):
Contraindicated in patients with severe liver impairment, and hypersensitivity.
Dosage & When it is to be taken :
Adult - The recommended oral dose is 600 mg daily, administered as either 300 mg twice daily or 600 mg once daily. How it should be taken :
It comes as a tablet to take by mouth, with or without food. Warnings and Precautions :
* Caution should be exercised in patients with history of depression, diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol or heart disease. Side Effects :
Abnormal dreams, sleep disorders, hypersensitivity, headache, migraine, nausea, fatigue, malaise, diarrhea, rashes, abdominal pain, stomach inflammation, depression, dizziness, muscle/joint pain, lung inflammation and vomiting.
* Avoid excess dosage. Storage Conditions :
Store it at controlled room temperature (20° to 25°C).
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