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What is Lamivir (Lamivudine) used for?
Lamivir (Lamivudine) is an antiviral medication used to treat patients with HIV. It operates by slowing the reproduction of HIV cells to allow the immune system to control the infection more easily. It should be noted that this treatment will not eliminate the infection completely and is only meant to slow its spread. Lower doses of this medication may also be prescribed to treat chronic hepatitis B.
How should I use Lamivir (Lamivudine)?
Lamivir (Lamivudine) should be used according to your physician's directions to get the safest and most effective results from treatment. The normal dosage is one tablet taken once daily, but the correct instructions will depend on the condition being treated, your current health, and the severity of your symptoms. These should be swallowed with a large cup of water and may be taken on an empty stomach. Never change the form of the tablets prior to use to avoid destroying or altering their effects.
What are the side effects of Lamivir (Lamivudine)?
Side effects that may occur while using Lamivir (Lamivudine) include:
Immediately stop using the medication and contact your physician if you experience any serious side effects such as signs of an infection, flu symptoms, severe stomach pain, an irregular heart rate, increased sweating, insomnia, lower back pain, trouble speaking, an enlarged thyroid, darkened urine, discolored stools, or jaundice. These conditions may require lower doses, reduced frequency of administration, or emergency medical attention in more serious cases to prevent further complications from occurring.
Do not begin using Lamivir (Lamivudine) if you are fructose intolerant. Also disclose if you have a severe HIV infection or reduced kidney function as these conditions may cause unexpected health problems requiring special adjustments to your dosage or frequency of administration.
Strictly follow all instructions provided to you by your physician or pharmacist while using Lamivir (Lamivudine). Optimum and safe dosage can differ based on the patient and the condition being treated.
As this medication may be unsafe for certain patients, it is essential you always inform your physician if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, as well as if you have any allergies, other illnesses, or ongoing health conditions, and if you are taking any other form of medication, supplements, or herbal products.
Immediately seek emergency medical care if you have an allergic or hypersensitive reaction. Common signs of a reaction include hives, swelling, skin rashes, chest pains, as well as trouble breathing or swallowing.