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    Information about Lamivudine

    Lamivudine uses

    Lamivudine is used in the treatment of HIV infection and chronic hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection.

    How lamivudine works

    Lamivudine 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 lamivudine

    Headache, Nausea, Fever, Diarrhea, Weakness, Cough, Runny nose
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    Dr. Sakshi Sharma
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    Dr. Ashish Ranjan
    MD (Pharmacology), MBBS
    Last updated on:
    27 Dec 2019 | 01:08 PM (IST)
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    Expert advice for 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.

    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

    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 27 December, 2019, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)