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    Information about Abacavir

    Abacavir uses

    Abacavir is used in the treatment of HIV infection.

    How abacavir works

    Abacavir 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.

    Common side effects of abacavir

    Fatigue, Headache, Nausea, Vomiting, Ear infection, Nasal infection, Throat infection, Skin rash, Fever, Chills, Abnormal dreams, Dizziness
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    Written By
    Dr. Sakshi Sharma
    Reviewed By
    Dr. Lalit Kanodia
    MD (Pharmacology), MBBS
    Last updated on:
    27 Dec 2019 | 01:08 PM (IST)
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    Expert advice for Abacavir

    • 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.
    • Abacavir 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.

    Frequently asked questions for Abacavir


    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. Is abacavir a protease inhibitor?

    Abacavir is not a protease inhibitor. It inhibits the activity of reverse transcriptase

    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. 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

    Content on this page was last updated on 27 December, 2019, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)