Epivir Oral Solution

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Glaxo SmithKline Pharmaceuticals Ltd

Composition for Epivir 10mg Oral Solution

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1350
240 ml in 1 bottle
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Medicine Overview of Epivir Oral Solution

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Uses of Epivir Oral Solution

Epivir Oral Solution is used in the treatment of HIV infection and chronic hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection.
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Side effects of Epivir Oral Solution

Common

Fatigue, Headache, Nausea, Vomiting, Abdominal pain, Dizziness, Ear infection, Nasal infection, Throat infection, Sore throat, Skin rash, Muscle pain, Fever, Chills, Diarrhoea.

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How to use Epivir Oral Solution

Take this medicine in the dose and duration as advised by your doctor. Check the label for directions before use. Measure it with a measuring cup and take it by mouth. Shake well before use. It can be taken with or without food, but it is better to take Epivir Oral Solution at a fixed time.

How Epivir Oral Solution works

Epivir oral solution prevents the multiplication of HIV virus in human cells. Thus stops the HIV virus from producing new viruses.

In Depth Information on Epivir Oral Solution

Expert advice for Epivir Oral Solution

  • Consult your doctor if you have diabetes and are using insulin.
  • Patients receiving this therapy are always at a risk for infections and hence should report any such cases to the doctor.
  • Consult your doctor if you take any prescription medication; Inform your doctor if you take other medicine for treatment of HIV or hepatitis B infection, hairy cell leukemia [a type of blood cancer], or antibiotics for infection.
  • Lamivudine may rarely cause a serious side effect like lactic acidosis with symptoms such as pain or weakness of muscle, numbness or feeling cold in arms or legs, stomach pain, nausea, vomiting, lack of breath, aberrant heart rate, dizziness, weak or tired feeling; hence, inform the doctor immediately if you experience any of these symptoms.
  • It is possible to pass on HIV when on this medication and hence it is important to take necessary precautions to prevent HIV from spreading.
  • Inform you doctor if you notice signs of change in the distribution of fat (lipodystrophy), erosion of bones (osteronecrosis), or inflammation of pancreas (pancreatitis).
  • If you are on therapy it is important to use effective non hormonal method of contraception or condom so that a pregnancy can be avoided.
  • Use with caution in pediatric patients with a history of pancreatitis or other significant risk factors for pancreatitis.
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Warnings
Special precautions for Epivir Oral Solution
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Alcohol
Interaction with alcohol is unknown. Please consult your doctor.
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Pregnancy
WEIGH RISKS VS BENEFITS
Epivir Oral Solution may be unsafe to use during pregnancy.

Animal studies have shown adverse effects on the foetus, however, there are limited human studies. The benefits from use in pregnant women may be acceptable despite the risk. Please consult your doctor.
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Lactation
Epivir Oral Solution is probably safe to use during lactatio
n. Limited human data suggests that the drug does not represent a significant risk to the baby.
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Driving
SAFE
Epivir Oral Solution does not usually affect your ability to drive.
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Kidney
CAUTION
Epivir Oral Solution should be used with caution in patients
with kidney disease. Dose adjustment of Epivir Oral Solution may be needed. Please consult your doctor.
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Liver
SAFE
Epivir Oral Solution is safe to use in patients with liver d
isease. No dose adjustment of Epivir Oral Solution is recommended.
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Severely interacts with other drugs like
Valgaids 450mg Tablet, Herperax 200mg Tablet, Adamon 100mg Injection, TRANDOL 50MG INJECTION

Missed Dosageuses

If you miss a dose of Lamivudine, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular schedule. Do not double the dose.

Patient Concerns

Frequently asked questions for Epivir 10mg Oral Solution

Frequently asked questions for Lamivudine

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

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