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Abacavir Sulfate and Lamivudine - Indications, Dosage, Side Effects and Precautions

Last Updated on Apr 25, 2012
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Information about Abacavir Sulfate and Lamivudine

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, 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
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Trade Names/Brand Names of Abacavir Sulfate and Lamivudine

International- Epzicom.
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Why is Abacavir Sulfate and Lamivudine Prescribed? (Indications)

Abacavir and lamivudine is a fixed-dose combination of antiviral drugs used to treat AIDS/HIV infection, particularly in children.

These drugs prevent or slow down the damage caused to the immune system and decrease the risk of developing AIDS.  

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When should Abacavir Sulfate and Lamivudine not be taken? (Contraindications)

Hypersensitivity.

What is the dosage of Abacavir Sulfate and Lamivudine?

The recommended oral dose is one tablet daily.

How should Abacavir Sulfate and Lamivudine be taken?

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

What are the warnings and precautions for Abacavir Sulfate and Lamivudine?

• 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.

What are the side effects of Abacavir Sulfate and Lamivudine?

   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.

What are the other precautions for Abacavir Sulfate and Lamivudine?

Avoid excess dosage.

What are the storage conditions for Abacavir Sulfate and Lamivudine?

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

Last Updated : Jul 2018



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