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Epivir Medication - Uses & Side Effects

Epivir belongs to a class of HIV drugs called nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors. It is also known as nucleoside analogs or nukes. The Epivir/Retrovir combination does not completely eliminate HIV or totally restore the immune system. There is still a danger of serious infections, so you should be sure to see your doctor regularly for monitoring and tests.

Epivir Dosage

  • The recommended oral dose of EPIVIR for adults is 300 mg daily, administered as either 150 mg twice daily or 300 mg once daily.
  • The recommended oral dose of EPIVIR for HIV-infected pediatric patients 3 months up to 16 years of age is 4 mg/kg twice daily, administered in combination with other antiretroviral agents.

Uses of Epivir

  • Epivir is used to treat the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), because it may cause the acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS).
  • It may also be used to treat other medical conditions those are listed in this medication guide.

Side Effects of Epivir

  • The most common side effects are diarrhea, fatigue, weakness, and headache.
  • Other side effects include: nausea, loss of appetite, stomach-area cramping or pain, congestion or "stuffy" nose, sleep problems, dizziness, possible tingling or numbness in the feet and/or hands, depression, skin rash, itching, muscle aches or pains, bone aches or pains, coughing, and anxiety or nervousness.

Warnings and precautions before taking Epivir:

  • This medication should not be taken together with another medication that contains a combination of lamivudine and zidovudine (Combivir).
  • Before taking lamivudine, tell your doctor if you have kidney disease, liver disease, a pancreas disorder, or problems with your muscles.
  • Before using lamivudine-HBV, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: HIV infection, kidney disease, blood disorders, liver disease.
  • This drug may make you dizzy or drowsy; use caution engaging in activities requiring alertness such as driving or using machinery.
  • Avoid alcoholic beverages.

Drug Interaction:-

The possibility of interactions with other drugs administered concurrently should be considered, particularly when their main route of elimination is active renal secretion via the organic cationic transport system.

Overdose

The symptoms of Epivir overdose are unknown at this time. But after taken use it if you feel that overdose is suspected, then you should contact with your doctor immediately.


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