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Combivir Patient Information including If I Miss a Dose
In this Article
- What is lamivudine and zidovudine (Combivir)?
- What are the possible side effects of lamivudine and zidovudine (Combivir)?
- What is the most important information I should know about lamivudine and zidovudine (Combivir)?
- What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking lamivudine and zidovudine (Combivir)?
- How should I take lamivudine and zidovudine (Combivir)?
- What happens if I miss a dose (Combivir)?
- What happens if I overdose (Combivir)?
- What should I avoid while taking lamivudine and zidovudine (Combivir)?
- What other drugs will affect lamivudine and zidovudine (Combivir)?
- Where can I get more information?
What happens if I miss a dose (Combivir)?
Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. Skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next scheduled dose. Do not take extra medicine to make up the missed dose.
What happens if I overdose (Combivir)?
Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222.
Overdose symptoms may include nausea, vomiting, headache, dizziness, drowsiness, confusion, and seizure (convulsions).
What should I avoid while taking lamivudine and zidovudine (Combivir)?
The combination of lamivudine and zidovudine (Combivir) should not be taken together with any other medications that contain either of these two drugs. This includes Epivir, Retrovir, Epzicom (abacavir and lamivudine), and Trizivir (abacavir, lamivudine, zidovudine).
Avoid being near people who are sick or have infections. Tell your doctor at once if you develop signs of infection.
Taking this medication will not prevent you from passing HIV to other people. Avoid having unprotected sex or sharing razors or toothbrushes. Talk with your doctor about safe ways to prevent HIV transmission during sex. Sharing drug or medicine needles is never safe, even for a healthy person.
What other drugs will affect lamivudine and zidovudine (Combivir)?
Tell your doctor about all other medications you use, especially:
- cancer treatments;
- stavudine (Zerit);
- doxorubicin (Adriamycin);
- clarithromycin (Biaxin);
- zalcitabine (Hivid);
- ganciclovir (Cytovene);
- interferon-alfa (Roferon, Intron, Rebetron);
- sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim (Bactrim, Proloprim, Septra, Trimpex, SMX-TMP); or
- ribavirin (Rebetol, Ribasphere, Copegus Virazole).
This list is not complete and other drugs may interact with lamivudine and zidovudine. Tell your doctor about all medications you use. This includes prescription, over-the-counter, vitamin, and herbal products. Do not start a new medication without telling your doctor.
Where can I get more information?
Your pharmacist can provide more information about lamivudine and zidovudine.
Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.
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