Abacavir Sulfate and Lamivudine - Drug Information

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Generic Name : Abacavir Sulfate and Lamivudine

Pronunciation : a-BAK-a-vir SUL-fate/la-MIV-ue-deen

Latest prescription information about Abacavir Sulfate and Lamivudine. Learn how to pronounce the drug's name, its indications, dosage, how to take, when to take, when not to take, side effects, special precautions, its storage instructions and warnings if any when taken during pregnancy. Also listed are the International and Indian trade name(s) of the drug and its price list.
ICD Code : Y41.5 | Therapeutic Classification : Antiretroviral Agents

Trade Names/Brand Names : 

International- Epzicom.

Why it is prescribed : 

This combination medication contains antiretroviral agents, prescribed for HIV-1 infection. It blocks and prevents HIV reproduction in the body. 

When it is not to be taken (Contraindications): 

Hypersensitivity.

Pregnancy Category :


A B C D X

Category C :

Animal studies have shown adverse effects on the fetus and there are no appropriate studies in pregnant women, but potential benefits may allow the use of the drug in pregnant women despite the potential for risks.

Dosage & When it is to be taken (Indications): 

The recommended oral dose is one tablet daily.

How it should be taken : 

It comes as a tablet abacavir 600 mg (as sulfate)/lamivudine 300 mg) to take by mouth, with or without food.

Warnings and Precautions : 

• Caution should be exercised in patients with history of liver or kidney impairment, heart disease, diabetes or cholesterol, poor immunity, who are taking other medications, any allergy, elderly, children, during pregnancy and breastfeeding.
• It doesn’t stop the spread of infections to others; avoid sexual contact during the treatment period.

Side Effects : 

•   Most Common : Hypersensitivity, sleeplessness, depression, headache, migraine, fatigue, uneasiness, dizziness, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, rash, fever, abdominal pain, abnormal dreams, anxiety, cough or Inflammation of the pharynx, eye problems, enlarged lymph nodes and swollen ankles.
•   Body as a Whole : Redistribution/accumulation of body fat.
•   Gastrointestinal : Mouth ulcer, sore throat.
•   Metabolic : Blood sugar.
•   General : Weakness.
•   Blood : Anemia.
•   Hypersensitivity : Hives.
•   Musculoskeletal : Muscle weakness, CPK elevation, damaged skeletal muscle.
•   Central Nervous System : Tingling, nerve disease, seizures.
•   Respiratory : Abnormal breath sounds/wheezing.
•   Skin : Hair loss, redness, Stevens-Johnson syndrome.

Other Precautions : 

Avoid excess dosage.

Storage Conditions : 

Store it at controlled room temperature (25°C).


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