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Epzicom Patient Information including If I Miss a Dose
In this Article
- What is abacavir and lamivudine (Epzicom)?
- What are the possible side effects of abacavir and lamivudine (Epzicom)?
- What is the most important information I should know about abacavir and lamivudine (Epzicom)?
- What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking abacavir and lamivudine (Epzicom)?
- How should I take abacavir and lamivudine (Epzicom)?
- What happens if I miss a dose (Epzicom)?
- What happens if I overdose (Epzicom)?
- What should I avoid while taking abacavir and lamivudine (Epzicom)?
- What other drugs will affect abacavir and lamivudine (Epzicom)?
- Where can I get more information?
What happens if I miss a dose (Epzicom)?
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.
Do not allow your medicine to run out completely before you get your prescription refilled. It is important that you not stop taking the medicine once you have started. If you miss several doses, you may have a dangerous or even fatal allergic reaction once you start taking this medication again.
What happens if I overdose (Epzicom)?
Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222.
What should I avoid while taking abacavir and lamivudine (Epzicom)?
Avoid drinking alcohol. It may increase your risk of liver damage.
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 abacavir and lamivudine (Epzicom)?
Tell your doctor about all other medicines you use, especially:
- methadone (Diskets, Dolophine, Methadose);
- ribavirin (Copegus, Rebetron, Virazole); or
- interferon (Alferon, Avonex, Betaseron, Extavia, Intron, Rebetron, Rebif).
This list is not complete and other drugs may interact with abacavir and lamivudine. 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 abacavir and 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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