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Abacavir - Indications, Dosage, Side Effects and Precautions

Written & Compiled by Anushta Chandrapalan, M.Sc  | Medically Reviewed by The Medindia Medical Review Team
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Information about Abacavir

Generic Name : Abacavir
Pronunciation : a-BAK-a-vir
Latest prescription information about Abacavir. Learn how to pronounce the drug's name, its indications, dosage, how to take, when to take, when not to take, special precautions, warnings and its storage instructions . 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 of Abacavir

India : 

International : 


Why is Abacavir Prescribed? (Indications)

Abacavir is an antiviral drug used to treat AIDS/HIV infection by acting on the enzyme called reverse transcriptase.

Abacavir will not cure the HIV infection but reduces the viral load and delays the progression of the disease.  


When should Abacavir not be taken? (Contraindications)

Moderate to severe liver disease
Previous allergic reaction to abacavir

What is the dosage of Abacavir?

Treatment of HIV-1/AIDS along with other medications. Dose in adults is 600 mg daily, as a single dose or divided into two doses.

How should Abacavir be taken?

It comes as a tablet to take with or without food. It is also available in combination with other anti-HIV drugs.

What are the warnings and precautions for Abacavir?

• Caution is advised when used in patients with history of depression or at risk for heart disease

• Avoid use with alcohol.

• Take along with other anti-HIV drugs and not alone, to prevent resistance.

• Continue other precautions to prevent spread of HIV infection.

What are the other precautions for Abacavir?

• Monitor and treat the signs of lactic acidosis such as upset stomach, fluctuations in heartbeat,unexplained muscle pain, and difficulty in breathing.
• Patient's body fat and cardiac parameters should be measured regularly to avoid heart related illness.

What are the storage conditions for Abacavir?

Store at room temperature (20° to 25°C).

Last Updated : Jul 2018

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keralafox, United States

My doctor does not reveal what the drug's name is, probably to sell it for above market price. Is there any way I can get it identified? Could I send it somewhere?

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CopKishore, India

Very good medic encyclopedia .

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ranjith2935, India

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