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Composition for ABAMUNE L

Abacavir(600 mg),Lamivudine(300 mg)

food interaction for ABAMUNE L

alcohol interaction for ABAMUNE L

pregnancy interaction for ABAMUNE L

lactation interaction for ABAMUNE L

There is no data available. Please consult doctor before consuming the drug.
Taking Abacavir with alcohol may cause minor drug interactions which may not be clinically relevant in all patients.
Abamune l 600 mg/300 mg tablet may be unsafe to use during pregnancy.
Either animal studies have shown adverse effect on fetus and there are no human studies or studies in human and animals are not available. It should be given only if potential benefits justifies risk to the fetus. Please consult your doctor.
Abamune l 600 mg/300 mg tablet is probably unsafe to use during breastfeeding. Please consult your doctor.


Abacavir(600 mg)


Abacavir is used to treat HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) infection along with other medications.

How it works

Abacavir belongs to a group of medicines called nucleoside analogue reverse transcriptase inhibitors (NRTIs). Abacavir works by blocking the function of reverse transcriptase, which inhibits replication of HIV thereby decreasing its level in the blood.

Common side effects

Neck swelling, Abdominal pain, Muscle pain, Joint pain, Cough, Eye inflammation, Decreased blood pressure, Diarrhoea, Shortness of breath, Headache, Skin rash, Hypersensitivity reaction, Fever, Lactic acidosis, Loss of appetite, Mouth ulcer, Nausea, Sore throat, Tingling sensation of extremity, Numbness of extremity, Vomiting, Fatigue
Lamivudine(300 mg)


Lamivudine indicated as part of antiretroviral combination therapy for the treatment of Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) infected adults and children and also used in the treatment of Hepatitis B virus infection.

How it works

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.

Common side effects

Neuropathy, Decreased white blood cell count (neutrophils), Pancreatic inflammation, Peripheral neuropathy, Abdominal cramp, Abdominal pain, Acne-like rash, Joint pain, Chills, Cough, Depression, Diarrhoea, Fever, Dizziness, Fatigue, Feeling of discomfort, Headache, Increased creatine phosphokinase level in blood, Increased blood urea, Indigestion, Insomnia, Stomatitis, Loss of appetite, Muscle pain, Redistribution/accumulation of body fat, Reduced blood platelets, Worsening of hepatitis b (viral infection of liver)


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Expert advice for ABAMUNE L

  • Abacavir may cause serious or life-threatening allergic reaction. Stop taking abacavir immediately, if you develop such reaction.
  • Tell your doctor if you have or had kidney/ liver disease (including hepatitis), if you smoke/drink large amounts of alcohol, have high blood pressure or diabetes, as abacavir may increase your risk of having a heart attack.
  • You should not take abacavir tablets with other products containing abacavir.
  • Do not stop taking abacavir even for a short period of time; doing so may worsen your condition. 
  • Do not drive or operate machinery while using abacavir unless you are feeling well. 
  • Abacavir does not prevent the spread of HIV virus to others through blood or sexual contact. Take the required precautions to prevent transmission.
  • Tell your doctor if you are or planning to become pregnant or are breastfeeding.

Frequently asked questions for ABAMUNE L


Q. What is abacavir/ what is abacavir used for/ what is abacavir sulfate/ what is abacavir-lamivudine/ what does abacavir treat?
Abacavir or abacavir sulfate is used to treat HIV infection along with other medications. Abacavir-lamivudine is a combination drug used to treat HIV infection.
Q. How does abacavir work/ how does abacavir interfere with reverse transcriptase?
Abacavir works by blocking the function of reverse transcriptase, which inhibits replication of HIV thereby decreasing its level in the blood.
Q. What is abacavir hypersensitivity reaction/ what is abacavir hypersensitivity?
Abacavir may cause a serious or life-threatening allergic or hypersensitivity reaction. Hypersensitivity reaction symptoms usually includes fever and skin rash, nausea, vomit, diarrhea, abdominal pain, loss of appetite, severe tiredness, headache, joint or muscle pain, swelling of the neck, shortness of breath, sore throat, cough and occasionally inflammation of the eye (conjunctivitis), mouth ulcers, low blood pressure, tingling or numbness of the hands or feet. Consult your doctor immediately if you experience one or more such symptoms and stop taking abacavir immediately.
Q. Is abacavir a protease inhibitor?
Abacavir is not a protease inhibitor. It inhibits the activity of reverse transcriptase.
Q. Is abacavir generic?
Abacavir is a generic name.


Q. Can lamivudine cure hepatitis B?
Lamivudine is used to treat hepatitis B but some patients may be resistant to this drug
Q. Can lamivudine be crushed?
Lamivudine cannot be crushed but it can be broken into two parts to give it to children. Please go by the recommendation of the doctor.
Q. Can lamivudine cause anemia?
Lamivudine may cause anemia as a side effect in some patients. Kindly consult your doctor in case any side effects are observed.


Content on this page was last updated on 29 January, 2015, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)