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WHAT IS LAMIVUDINE?
Lamivudine belongs to a class of medication called nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors. It decreases the amount of virus (HIV and hepatitis) in the blood. It also increases the number of infection fighting cells in the body (CD4 cells). It does not cure HIV completely but reduces the chances of getting acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) and HIV related infections or cancer.
Lamivudine is for treating HIV, which causes the acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS). Epivir is not a cure for HIV or AIDS. Lamivudine is for treating hepatitis B. Epivir-HBV should not be used in people who are infected with both hepatitis B and HIV.
POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS:
Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Some people develop lactic acidosis while taking lamivudine. Early symptoms may get worse over time and this condition can be fatal. Get emergency medical help if you have even mild symptoms such as:
muscle pain or weakness; numb or cold feeling in your arms and legs; trouble breathing; feeling dizzy, light-headed, tired, or very weak;
stomach pain, nausea with vomiting; or fast or uneven heart rate.
Call your doctor at once if you have:
pancreas problems--severe pain in your upper stomach spreading to your back, nausea and vomiting, fast heart rate; or
liver problems--nausea, upper stomach pain, itching, tired feeling, loss of appetite, dark urine, clay-colored stools, jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes);
Common side effects may include:
diarrhea; cold symptoms such as stuffy nose, sneezing, sore throat; or abnormal liver function tests.
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.
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