What is Lamivudine Tablet (Epivir Generic)?
Lamivudine will not cure or prevent HIV infection or AIDS. It helps keep HIV from reproducing and appears to slow down the destruction of the immune system. This may help delay the development of serious health problems usually related to AIDS or HIV disease from occurring. Lamivudine will not keep you from spreading HIV to other people. People who receive this medicine may continue to have other problems usually related to AIDS or HIV disease.
Lamivir® Tablet is used in the treatment of HIV infection and chronic hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection. It prevents the multiplication of viruses in human cells. This stops the virus from producing new viruses and clears up your infection.
Lamivir® Tablet is not a cure for HIV or AIDS and only helps to decrease the amount of HIV in your body. This helps to lower your risk of getting HIV-related complications and improves your lifespan. It is prescribed in combination with other HIV medicines. Your doctor will recommend the best medicines for you and will decide the doses that you need. Follow carefully the instructions for all the medicines that you are given. It can be taken with or without food. Taking all these medicines regularly at the right times greatly increases their effectiveness and reduces the chances of HIV becoming resistant to them. It is important not to miss doses and to keep taking them until your doctor tells you it is safe to stop.
Lamivudine is used in combination with other medicines for the treatment of the infection caused by the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). HIV is the virus that causes acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS). Lamivudine is also used to treat chronic (long-term) hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection.
How to use Lamivudine tablet (Generic Epivir)?
Do not forget to read the patient information sheet you receive with the packing. It contains all the information you need to know in a simple form. After reading the entire leaflet, still, you have any doubts, clarify the issues by discussing them with the physician or the pharmacist.
Lamivir tablets are taken orally with a glass of water. Try to consume water to mask the side effects of any medication. Normally the physician may prescribe Lamivir tablets daily. You can consume Lamivir tablets with food or without any food.
Consume the Lamivir tablets regularly and make sure to swallow the tablet simultaneously each day. Therefore it helps in maintaining a constant plasma Lamivudine level. Try to avoid skipping the doses. Remember to take the dose as prescribed. However, if you miss a dose, never double the dose next time.
Take medical advice if you need to stop medication usage. Never stop Lamivudine consumption as it may Couse various problems. Abrupt stoppage of the medications may lead to worsening the condition and building resistance to the medication. So it becomes difficult to control the condition as your body becomes unresponsive to the action of Lamivudine.
Side effects of Lamivir Tablet
Any medication can result in side effects and may be due to its active pharmaceutical ingredients or the excipients in it. Most of the side effects are common, and the body gets used to them with time. But in rare cases, the side effects get worse with time. So you are requested to take medical advice in such instances.
Nausea, vomiting, loose stools, feeling dizzy, tiredness, and headache are a few common side effects experienced by Lamivir consumption.
There is a chance of developing fatal liver problems due to Lamivir tablet usage. The lactic acids may accumulate inside the blood resulting in lactic acidosis. Such side effects are more common among weighted women. Meet the physician immediately when you experience any side effects related to liver problems such as abdominal pain, nausea, loss of appetite, yellowing of eyes, skin, and dark urine.
Some may experience psychological alterations such as mood changes. If you experience mood changes, it’s time to meet the physician again.
The neurological effects such as numbness in extremities and tingling sensations may experience rarely.
It is infrequent to experience allergic reactions to Lamivir. If you have any medication allergies, tell the physician initially.
- Be cautious if you have any medication or food allergy, so you risk developing hypersensitive reactions against Lamivudine or other excipients in it.
- Discuss your medical history with the physician, and disclose all the information to the physician regarding previous medical conditions such as kidney diseases, blood disorders, liver disease, and pancreatitis.
- After consuming Lamivudine, you will become dizzy. Therefore avoid the consumption of alcohol or cannabis, which make you feel dizzier. Avoid driving and machine operation after drug consumption.
- If you are a pregnant woman, discuss the details with the physician. So the physician will evaluate the benefits and the risk associated with the medication.
- Lamivudine can get transported to the baby via breast milk resulting in health issues within the baby. Therefore breastfeeding is contraindicated when you are under a lamivudine regime.