Epivir is the trade name of Lamivudine and is used in the treatment of chronic Hepatitis B and HIV/AIDS. This drug works by preventing human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) or hepatitis B from multiplying in the body. Lamivudine belongs to a class of drugs called as nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors-NRTI.
When Epivir is used in treating HIV infection, it helps in decreasing the amount of this virus in the body. This enables the immune system to work better. In addition to that, it also lowers the chance of getting HIV complications like cancer or other infections.
This drug could be effective in treating but it is not a cure. Lamivudine should not be given to children younger than 2 years of age. Frequent blood tests, kidney and liver function tests should be done during the course of therapy.
Epivir should be taken as prescribed by the doctor. Pills can be taken with or without food. If a child is taking this medicine, the drug can be broken in two halves to avoid overdose.
Since the dosage strength for a child is prescribed based on weight, tell the healthcare provider if the child has any change in weight. It is essential to take Epivir pill for the prescribed period of time.
The dosage strength should not be altered without seeking medical advice. Measure the liquid medicine with a dose-measuring spoon each time to ensure that a patient is taking the correct Epivir dosage.
If the patient missed a dose, it can be taken as soon as they remember. When it conflicts with the schedule of the next dose, it is better to skip the missed dose.
Taking Epivir drug may trigger the following side effects
- Muscle pain,
- cold feeling in legs and arms,
- breathing troubles,
- light headed,
- stomach pain,
- abnormal heart rate,
- pancreas problem,
- liver disease,
- stuffy nose,
- sore throat.
Seek medical assistance regarding ill effects as soon as possible. When an individual decides to get prescribed Epivir, it would be easy to know about the dosage strength, side effects as wells as drug properties.
Interactions with other drugs
There are few drugs that interact with Lamivudine. So it wise to consult the doctor regarding all the medications that are currently taken. It includes prescription, over-the-counter medicines, vitamins as well as herbal products.
Atripla, Combivir, Complera, Emtriva and Truvada are a few among the dugs which should not be taken together with Epivir. For the safety of a patient, it is essential to tell the doctor if they have a history of pancreatitis, liver disease, liver implant, or kidney problem.
Consult the doctor regarding the current medications, health condition as well as the appropriate dosage strength before taking the medication.