Epivir is the trade name of Lamivudine. This drug is intended for the treatment of chronic Hepatitis B and HIV. It acts by preventing HIV or hepatitis B from reproducing. Lamivudine belongs to the group of medicines called nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors.
Epivir is used for the treatment of HIV/AIDS and prevent the virus cells from replicating in the human body. This allows strengthening the immune system. Moreover, it reduces the possibility of HIV complications, such as cancer or other infectious diseases.
This medicine can be efficient in the treatment but can’t cure HIV. Lamivudine is contraindicated for the children under the age of 2. Patients must do regular blood tests, kidney and liver function tests during the treatment.
Epivir must be taken strictly according to the doctor’s prescriptions, irrespective of the mealtime. When taken by child, the pill can be split into two parts.
As the dosage strength for children depends on the weight, inform the doctor if your child has gained/lost weight. It is important to take Epivir pill for the time prescribed by the doctor.
The dosage can be changed only by your doctor. Measure the liquid drug carefully with a special spoon to avoid exceeding the dosage.
If you skipped the dose, take it as soon as possible. However, if it’s already time for the the next dosage, you should skip the missed dose.
The use of Epivir may cause the following adverse effects:
- Pain in the muscles,
- Cold in extremities,
- breathing difficulty,
- increased heart rate,
- diseases of pancreas,
- liver dysfunction,
- nasal congestion,
- pain in the throat.
If the side effects persist, consult your doctor immediately. If you decide to get treatment with Epivir, you should find out all the information about the dosage, adverse effects and drug properties.
Some medicines can interact with Lamivudine. Therefore, you should inform the doctor about all the drugs you’re taking (including prescription and non-prescription drugs, vitamins and herbal supplements.
Atripla, Combivir, Complera, Emtriva and Truvada are the drugs interacting with Epivir. Patients should inform the doctor if they’re suffering from pancreatitis, liver or kidney dysfunction, etc.
Inform the doctor about the current drugs you’re taking, your medical condition before starting the treatment.