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Virolans 150 mg/30 mg/200 mg Tablet


Introduction of Lamivudine

Virolans 150 mg/30 mg/200 mg Tablet is a combination of antiretrovirals medicines. It is prescribed to treat HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) infection. It boosts up the immunity to fight against HIV to manage or treat AIDS (acquired immunodeficiency syndrome).

Virolans 150 mg/30 mg/200 mg 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.

Common side effects of this medicine include headache, nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, fatigue, diarrhea, and rash. These are usually not serious but tell your doctor if they bother you or do not go away. Rarely, some people may experience a skin reaction or liver damage. Your doctor will closely monitor you for these in the initial period of treatment.

Before taking it, tell your doctor if you have any skin problems or liver or kidney disease. While using it, you may need regular blood tests to check your blood counts and liver function. Avoid drinking alcohol as it may increase your risk of liver damage. Pregnant or breastfeeding mothers should consult their doctor before using this medicine. Do not have unprotected sex or share personal items like razors or toothbrushes, if you are HIV positive. Talk to your doctor about safe ways like condoms to prevent HIV transmission during sex.

Introduction of Stavudine

Virolans 150 mg/30 mg/200 mg Tablet is a combination of antiretrovirals medicines. It is prescribed to treat HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) infection. It boosts up the immunity to fight against HIV to manage or treat AIDS (acquired immunodeficiency syndrome).

Virolans 150 mg/30 mg/200 mg 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.

Common side effects of this medicine include headache, nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, fatigue, diarrhea, and rash. These are usually not serious but tell your doctor if they bother you or do not go away. Rarely, some people may experience a skin reaction or liver damage. Your doctor will closely monitor you for these in the initial period of treatment.

Before taking it, tell your doctor if you have any skin problems or liver or kidney disease. While using it, you may need regular blood tests to check your blood counts and liver function. Avoid drinking alcohol as it may increase your risk of liver damage. Pregnant or breastfeeding mothers should consult their doctor before using this medicine. Do not have unprotected sex or share personal items like razors or toothbrushes, if you are HIV positive. Talk to your doctor about safe ways like condoms to prevent HIV transmission during sex.

Introduction of Nevirapine

Virolans 150 mg/30 mg/200 mg Tablet is a combination of antiretrovirals medicines. It is prescribed to treat HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) infection. It boosts up the immunity to fight against HIV to manage or treat AIDS (acquired immunodeficiency syndrome).

Virolans 150 mg/30 mg/200 mg Tablet reduces the chances of getting HIV-related complications and improves your lifespan. It can be taken empty stomach or with food and is prescribed in combination with other HIV medicines. 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 to keep taking them regularly until your doctor tells you it is safe to stop.

Common side effects of this medicine include headache, nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, fatigue, diarrhea, and rash. These are usually not serious but tell your doctor if they bother you or do not go away. Consult your doctor urgently if you experience a skin reaction or liver damage.

Before taking it, tell your doctor if you have any skin, liver or kidney problems. While using it, you may need regular blood tests to check your blood cell counts and liver function. Avoid drinking alcohol as it may increase your risk of liver damage. Pregnant or breastfeeding mothers should consult their doctor before using this medicine.

Do not have unprotected sex or share personal items like razors or toothbrushes, if you are HIV positive. Talk to your doctor about safe ways like condoms to prevent HIV transmission during sex.

Uses of Stavudine

Uses of Nevirapine


Side effects of Lamivudine

Most side effects do not require any medical attention and disappear as your body adjusts to the medicine. Consult your doctor if they persist or if you’re worried about them

Common side effects of Virolans

  • Headache
  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Fatigue
  • Joint pain
  • Insomnia (difficulty in sleeping)
  • Gastrointestinal disturbance
  • Rash
  • Hair loss
  • Muscle disorders
  • General discomfort

Side effects of Stavudine

Most side effects do not require any medical attention and disappear as your body adjusts to the medicine. Consult your doctor if they persist or if you’re worried about them

Common side effects of Virolans

  • Fatigue
  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Dizziness

Side effects of Nevirapine

Most side effects do not require any medical attention and disappear as your body adjusts to the medicine. Consult your doctor if they persist or if you’re worried about them

Common side effects of Virolans

  • Rash
  • Headache
  • Agranulocytosis (deficiency of granulocytes in the blood)
  • Vomiting
  • Allergic reaction
  • Nausea
  • Abdominal pain
  • Fatigue
  • Fever
  • Increased liver enzymes
  • Diarrhea

How Lamivudine works

Virolans 150 mg/30 mg/200 mg Tablet is an antiviral medication. It prevents the multiplication of virus in human cells. This stops the virus from producing new viruses and clears up your infection.

How Stavudine works

Virolans 150 mg/30 mg/200 mg Tablet is an antiviral medication. It prevents the multiplication of virus in human cells. This stops the virus from producing new viruses and clears up your infection.

How Nevirapine works

Virolans 150 mg/30 mg/200 mg Tablet prevents the multiplication of HIV virus in human cells, thereby stopping the HIV virus from producing new viruses.

Safety advice

Alcohol
CAUTION
Caution is advised when consuming alcohol with Virolans 150 mg/30 mg/200 mg Tablet. Please consult your doctor.
Pregnancy
CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR
Virolans 150 mg/30 mg/200 mg Tablet may be unsafe to use during pregnancy. Although there are limited studies in humans, animal studies have shown harmful effects on the developing baby. Your doctor will weigh the benefits and any potential risks before prescribing it to you. Please consult your doctor.
Breast feeding
SAFE IF PRESCRIBED
Virolans 150 mg/30 mg/200 mg Tablet is probably safe to use during breastfeeding. Limited human data suggests that the drug does not represent any significant risk to the baby.
Driving
UNSAFE
Virolans 150 mg/30 mg/200 mg Tablet may cause side effects which could affect your ability to drive.
You may experience fatigue while taking Virolans 150 mg/30 mg/200 mg Tablet and this may affect your ability to drive.
Kidney
CAUTION
Virolans 150 mg/30 mg/200 mg Tablet should be used with caution in patients with kidney disease. Dose adjustment of Virolans 150 mg/30 mg/200 mg Tablet may be needed. Please consult your doctor.
Liver
SAFE IF PRESCRIBED
Virolans 150 mg/30 mg/200 mg Tablet is probably safe to use in patients with liver disease. Limited data available suggests that dose adjustment of Virolans 150 mg/30 mg/200 mg Tablet may not be needed in these patients. Please consult your doctor.
Inform your doctor if you develop any signs and symptoms of jaundice while taking Virolans 150 mg/30 mg/200 mg Tablet. You may need to stop taking this medicine.

What if you forget to take Virolans Tablet?

If you miss a dose of Virolans 150 mg/30 mg/200 mg Tablet, 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.

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Quick tips

Lamivudine

  • You have been prescribed Lamivudine for the treatment of chronic hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection.
  • In combination with other medicines, it is used for the treatment of HIV infections.
  • Take it with food, as this increases the absorption of the medicine into the body.
  • Lamivudine may cause dizziness or sleepiness. Do not drive or do anything requiring concentration until you know how it affects you.
  • You may still develop infections or other illnesses associated with viral infection while taking this medication.
  • You can also pass on HIV or HBV to others. Don't share needles or personal items that can have blood or body fluids on them.
  • During treatment and for at least six months after stopping this medicine, regular blood tests are needed to monitor your liver function, level of hepatitis B virus and blood cells in your blood.

Stavudine

  • In combination with other medicines, it is used for the treatment of HIV infections.
  • Take it with food, as this increases the absorption of the medicine into the body.
  • Stavudine may cause dizziness or sleepiness. Do not drive or do anything requiring concentration until you know how it affects you.
  • You may still develop infections or other illnesses associated with viral infection while taking this medication.
  • You can also pass on HIV or HBV to others. Don't share needles or personal items that can have blood or body fluids on them.
  • During treatment and for at least six months after stopping this medicine, regular blood tests are needed to monitor your liver function, level of hepatitis B virus and blood cells in your blood.

Nevirapine

  • You have been prescribed Nevirapine for the treatment of HIV (human immunodeficiency virus).
  • Take it as per dose and duration suggested by your doctor.
  • If you miss a dose for more than 7 days, consult your doctor as dose modification may be required. 
  • You might notice skin reactions during the first 2 weeks of treatment. Inform your doctor if you notice a fever, swelling of face, mouth sores, blistering of skin and trouble breathing.
  • Your doctor may check your liver function regularly for a period of 18 weeks. Inform your doctor if you notice yellowing of eyes or skin, dark urine or stomach pain.
  • It makes birth control pills less effective in nature. Ask your doctor about other suitable methods of preventing pregnancy.

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FAQs

Lamivudine

Q. How should I take Lamivudine?

Lamivudine should be taken in the dose and duration advised by the doctor. This medicine can be taken with or without food. However, it is better to take it at a fixed time of the day to avoid the chances of missing a dose.

Q. Is Lamivudine effective?

Lamivudine is effective if used in the dose and duration advised by your doctor. Do not stop taking it even if you see improvement in your condition. If you stop using Lamivudine too early, the symptoms may return or worsen.

Q. What is drug resistance? Can I develop drug resistance with Lamivudine?

Drug resistance is a state where the medicine which was once effective in treating an infection becomes ineffective. This mainly happens due to the ability acquired by the virus or bacteria to get modified inside the body which affects the overall working of the medicine. Hence, the medicine is no longer able to fight against the virus or bacteria. Generally, drug resistance with Lamivudine is more likely to happen if you take less dose than what is recommended.

Q. How long should I take Lamivudine?

Do not stop taking entecavir without consulting your doctor. Stopping entecavir before treatment may worsen your hepatitis. This can happen during the first several months after you stop taking entecavir. Take the medicine strictly as advised and do not miss any dose.

Q. What if I forget to take a dose of Lamivudine?

If you forget a dose of Lamivudine, take it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and take the next scheduled dose in the prescribed time. Do not double the dose to make up for the missed one as this may increase the chances of developing side effects.

Q. What if HIV infection co-exists with HBV infection? Will this affect treatment with Lamivudine?

In HBV patients who are diagnosed with HIV, Lamivudine is not recommended until and unless these patients start taking medicines for HIV management. Starting Lamivudine in such patients may cause resistance to the prescribed HIV medicines. Therefore, doctors recommend tests for HIV in patients diagnosed with HBV infection before starting treatment with Lamivudine.

Q. Can Lamivudine cure hepatitis B?

No, Lamivudine does not cure hepatitis B but may improve the condition of the liver. It may decrease the amount of hepatitis B virus (HBV) present in the body. This is done by limiting the ability of HBV to multiply and further infect new liver cells.

Q. Is Lamivudine safe?

Lamivudine is safe if used in the dose and duration advised by your doctor. Take it exactly as directed and do not skip any dose. Follow your doctor's instructions carefully and let your doctor know if any of the side effects bother you.
Stavudine

Q. What is Stavudine? What is it used for?

Stavudine belongs to a group of medicines called antiretrovirals. It is used to treat HIV (human immunodeficiency virus), the virus that can cause AIDS (acquired immunodeficiency syndrome). It helps to control HIV infection so your immune system can work better.

Q. How does Stavudine work?

Stavudine prevents the multiplication of the virus in human cells. This stops the virus from producing new viruses and clears up your infection.

Q. Is Stavudine safe?

Stavudine is safe if used in the dose and duration advised by your doctor. Take it exactly as directed and do not skip any dose. Follow your doctor's instructions carefully and let your doctor know if any of the side effects bother you.

Q. How should I take Stavudine?

Stavudine should be taken in the dose and duration advised by the doctor. This medicine is to be taken on an empty stomach to get maximum benefit. It is better to take Stavudine at a fixed time of the day to avoid the chances of missing a dose.

Q. Is Stavudine effective?

Stavudine is effective if used in the dose and duration advised by your doctor. Do not stop taking it even if you see improvement in your condition. If you stop using Stavudine too early, the symptoms may return or worsen.

Q. What if I forget to take a dose of Stavudine?

If you forget a dose of Stavudine, take it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and take the next scheduled dose in the prescribed time. Do not double the dose to make up for the missed one as this may increase the chances of developing side effects.
Nevirapine

Q. What is Nevirapine? What is it used for?

Nevirapine belongs to a group of medicines called antiretrovirals. It is used to treat human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), which if not controlled can cause AIDS (acquired immunodeficiency syndrome). It helps to control HIV infection so your immune system can work better.

Q. Is Nevirapine safe?

Nevirapine is safe if used in the dose and duration advised by your doctor. Take it exactly as directed and do not skip any dose. Follow your doctor's instructions carefully and let your doctor know if any of the side effects bother you.

Q. How does Nevirapine work?

Nevirapine works by blocking the function of an enzyme, called reverse transcriptase, which is responsible for the HIV replication process. This helps to reduce the level of HIV in the blood.

Q. How should I take Nevirapine?

Nevirapine should be taken in the dose and duration advised by the doctor. This medicine may be taken with or without food but it is better to be taken at a fixed time of the day to avoid the chances of missing a dose.

Q. Is Nevirapine effective?

Nevirapine is effective if used in the dose and duration advised by your doctor. Do not stop taking it even if you see improvement in your condition. If you stop using Nevirapine too early, the symptoms may return or worsen.

Q. What if I forget to take a dose of Nevirapine?

If you forget a dose of Nevirapine, take it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and take the next scheduled dose in the prescribed time. Do not double the dose to make up for the missed one as this may increase the chances of developing side effects.

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References

  1. Lamivudine. South Ruislip, Middlesex: Aurobindo Pharma - Milpharm Ltd.; 2012 [revised 24 Jun. 2018]. (online) Available from:External Link
  2. Stavudine. Princeton, New Jersey: Bristol-Myers Squibb Company. [Accessed 09 Apr. 2019] (online) Available from:External Link
  3. Nevirapine. Wrexham, UK: Wockhardt UK Ltd.; 2014 [revised 9 Apr. 2019]. [Accessed 23 Jan. 2019] (online) Available from:External Link

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