Epivir

(Lamivudine)

  • Pill
  • Liquid
  • HIV infection
  • Chronic Hepatitis B Virus
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Works with other medicines to treat HIV infection.

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Lower-cost generic available

Our pharmacists’ bottom line

lamivudine is currently one of the most popular drugs within the Nucleoside Reverse Transcriptase Inhibitor (NRTI) drug class.

  • lamivudine is available as a tablet and oral solution.
  • Can be taken once or twice a day.
  • One of the more popular drugs in its class.
  • lamivudine is contained in the following combination products: Combivir, Epzicom, and Trizivir.
  • lamivudine should not be used with any other drugs containing Emtriva (emtricitabine) since both are so similar to each other.
  • Use with caution in kids with a history of pancreatitis (pancreas infection).
  • Most common side effects are headache, nausea, tiredness, congestion, diarrhea, and cough.
  • The dose of lamivudine needs to be lowered if you have kidney problems.

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Side effects for Epivir (Lamivudine)

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These are side effects of Epivir (Lamivudine) reported to the FDA by people taking it, and by doctors and pharmacists.

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What to expect when you take Epivir (Lamivudine)

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Tips from our pharmacists
  • The doses for lamivudine are different for HIV and Hepatitis B.
  • If being used for kids, the dose of lamivudine will continue to change as they grow, so keep in touch with their doctor.
  • Keep an eye out for any new symptoms or side effects you may start to feel while taking lamivudine and report them to your doctor.

Risks and Warnings for Epivir (Lamivudine)

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    • Higher risk if:
    • Women
    • Obesity
    • Liver disease

    lamivudine can cause this rare but life-threatening condition. Symptoms include deep and rapid breathing, nausea, vomiting, and stomach pain. This is a medical emergency and you should get help right away. Baseline blood work for kidney and liver function are helpful to see if you can use lamivudine. It may not be a good choice for people with liver problems.

    This is a black box warning. The FDA requires this warning when there is a significant risk of serious or life-threatening effects that anyone taking the drug should consider.

Means that some groups have a high risk of experiencing this side effect

Tips from pharmacists and people taking Epivir (Lamivudine)

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The FDA category for this medication is C. It is advised that you: Weigh risks vs. benefits
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Kidneys & liver
  • Upsides and downsides from our pharmacists
  • The dose of lamivudine needs to be lowered if you have kidney problems.
  • Risks from our pharmacists
  • lamivudine can cause this rare but life-threatening condition. Symptoms include deep and rapid breathing, nausea, vomiting, and stomach pain. This is a medical emergency and you should get help right away. Baseline blood work for kidney and liver function are helpful to see if you can use lamivudine. It may not be a good choice for people with liver problems.