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Epivir Patient Information including If I Miss a Dose
In this Article
- What is lamivudine (Epivir)?
- What are the possible side effects of lamivudine (Epivir)?
- What is the most important information I should know about lamivudine (Epivir)?
- What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking lamivudine (Epivir)?
- How should I take lamivudine (Epivir)?
- What happens if I miss a dose (Epivir)?
- What happens if I overdose (Epivir)?
- What should I avoid while taking lamivudine (Epivir)?
- What other drugs will affect lamivudine (Epivir)?
- Where can I get more information?
What happens if I miss a dose (Epivir)?
Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and take the medicine at the next regularly scheduled time. Do not take extra medicine to make up the missed dose.
What happens if I overdose (Epivir)?
Seek emergency medical attention if you think you have used too much of this medicine. Symptoms of a lamivudine overdose are not known.
What should I avoid while taking lamivudine (Epivir)?
Avoid drinking alcohol while taking lamivudine. Alcohol may increase the risk of damage to the pancreas and/or liver.
Taking lamivudine will not prevent you from passing HIV to other people through unprotected sex or sharing of needles. Talk with your doctor about safe methods of preventing HIV transmission during sex, such as using a condom and spermicide. Sharing drug or medicine needles is never safe, even for a healthy person.
What other drugs will affect lamivudine (Epivir)?
Before taking this medication, tell your doctor if you are using any of the following drugs:
- interferon-alfa (Roferon, Intron, Rebetron);
- trimethoprim (Bactrim, Proloprim, Septra, Trimpex); or
- ribavirin (Rebetol, Ribasphere, Copegus Virazole).
This list is not complete and there may be other drugs that can interact with lamivudine. Tell your doctor about all the prescription and over-the-counter medications you use. This includes vitamins, minerals, herbal products, and drugs prescribed by other doctors. Do not start using a new medication without telling your doctor.
Where can I get more information?
Your pharmacist can provide more information about lamivudine.
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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Additional Epivir Information
- Epivir Drug Interactions Center: lamivudine oral
- Epivir Side Effects Center
- Epivir Overview including Precautions
- Epivir FDA Approved Prescribing Information including Dosage
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