Epivir (Lamivudine)

Epivir is an oral antiviral medication prescribed to prevent the spread of the HIV virus or Hepatitis B virus in the body.

Epivir-HBV 150 mg (Normal Dosage)

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How it works

Epivir stops the virus from multiplying and growing further in the body.

Guidelines for Usage

Follow the dosage instructions provided by your doctor or as mentioned in the instruction booklet/product label.

Always use only as prescribed. Never exceed the dosage.

Take care that you swallow the tablet whole without breaking, crushing or chewing it unless you have been advised accordingly.

Doctors recommend that you swallow the whole tablet/capsules with a glass of water unless it is specified that it can be broken or chewed.

NOTE: Use only if prescribed to you and intended for your use. Do not share with others.

Missed Dose

It is common for people to forget their dosage times and miss doses.

Do not panic if you have missed a dose.

Instead, skip the missed dose and take your next dose at the scheduled time. Do not double up or take more than what the doctor has prescribed.

How and where do i store Epivir

The medicine label contains detailed instructions regarding safe storage of the medication. Most medicines are best stored at room temperature between 15 and 30 degrees C (59 and 86 degrees F). Some medications may require to be refrigerated. Please check the product label.

Keep it away from the reach of children. Ensure that it is not exposed to direct sunlight or moisture.

Ask your pharmacist about safely disposing off medication that is past expiry date.
Safety Information/ Warning Precautions

Discuss your medical history with your healthcare provider before you start using any new medication.

Ensure that you mention the following:

• Any prior serious ailment, lifestyle disease or surgery
• All the prescription drugs, OTC health supplements, herbal supplements that you are using currently
• Your alcohol intake and whether you smoke or not
• Any history of a known allergic reaction to prescription drugs or food
· You have an infection with HIV, kidney problems, liver problems, blood disorders, pancreas problems, alcohol use, allergies (especially drug allergies).

This will allow your healthcare provider to prescribe the apt dosage of the medication for you.

To be avoided

You must avoid using Epivir if it you are allergic to any ingredient in it or if you have conditions like

Using Alcohol

Epivir drug is known to cause drowsiness or dizziness. Your vision may be blurred and your judgement affected if you consume alcohol with this medication. So, avoid using alcohol while using the drug.

These effects may also get aggravated due to hot weather or fever or severe exercise. So, be cautious when you stand up after a long time from a sitting or lying position. If you feel giddy then lie down immediately and seek medical help

Additional Information

Epivir-HBV in patients with unknown or untreated HIV infection could result in resistant strains of HIV. You must speak to your doctor about this.

Epivir when used with certain other drugs has been known to cause Lactic acid build-up in the blood (lactic acidosis) and severe liver disease, including death. Patients must be counselled before and during therapy.

Epivir does not kill the HIV virus and the virus can still be transmitted to another partner through unsafe sex.

Information for Pregnant Women

The Drug is categorized under FDA pregnancy category C

Epivir is found in breast milk. Discuss the potential risks with your healthcare provider before using the medication. Certain medications may be found in breast milk so speak to your child’s doctor to rule out any possibilities of risk.
Side Effects

Report the following side effects to your doctor only if they become bothersome or do not stop on their own (paste here).

· Cough;
· Headache;
· Mild tired feeling;
· Runny or stuffy nose;
· Mild diarrhea; or
· Changes in the shape or location of body fat (especially in your arms, legs, face, neck, breasts, and trunk).

The following side effects require immediate medical attention. So report these to your doctor immediately. .

· Signs of a new infection such as fever, chills, sore throat, flu symptoms, easy bruising or unusual bleeding, loss of appetite, mouth sores;
· Severe pain in your upper stomach spreading to your back, nausea and vomiting, fast heart rate;
· Nausea, upper stomach pain, itching, loss of appetite, dark urine, clay-colored stools, jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes);
· Increased sweating, tremors in your hands, anxiety, feeling irritable, sleep problems (insomnia);
· Diarrhea, unexplained weight loss, menstrual changes, impotence, loss of interest in sex;
· Swelling in your neck or throat (enlarged thyroid);
· Problems with walking, breathing, speech, swallowing, or eye movement; or
· Severe lower back pain, loss of bladder or bowel control.