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, Otitis media (infection of ear), Nasal infection, Throat infection, Skin rash, Fever, Chills, Abnormal dreams, Dizziness
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Available Medicine for Abacavir

AbamuneCipla Ltd
15501 variant(s)
A-BecEmcure Pharmaceuticals Ltd
15501 variant(s)
VirolSun Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd
72151 variant(s)

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

Abacavir

Q. Is Abacavir safe?

Abacavir 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 Abacavir work?

Abacavir 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. What is Abacavir? What is it used for?

Abacavir 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). Effective control of HIV can also improve the working of the immune system.

Q. Is Abacavir effective?

Abacavir 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 Abacavir too early, the symptoms may return or worsen.

Q. What is Abacavir hypersensitivity reaction?

The use of Abacavir may cause a serious or life-threatening allergic or hypersensitivity reaction. In this, one may experience fever, skin rash, nausea, vomit, diarrhea, abdominal pain, loss of appetite, severe tiredness and headache. Other symptoms of hypersensitivity may include 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 any of these symptoms and stop taking Abacavir immediately.

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

If you forget a dose of Abacavir, 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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