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Trizivir

Trizivir Patient Information Including Side Effects

Brand Names: Trizivir

Generic Name: abacavir, lamivudine, and zidovudine (Pronunciation: a BACK a veer, la MIV yoo deen, zye DOE vyoo deen)

What is abacavir, lamivudine, and zidovudine (Trizivir) (Trizivir)?

Abacavir, lamivudine, and zidovudine are antiviral medications that prevent human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) cells from multiplying in your body.

The combination of abacavir, lamivudine, and zidovudine is used to treat HIV, which causes the acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS). This medication is not a cure for HIV or AIDS.

Abacavir, lamivudine, and zidovudine may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.

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What are the possible side effects of this medication (Trizivir)?

Stop using Trizivir and call your doctor at once if you have symptoms of an allergic reaction from two or more of these specific side effect groups:

  • Group 1 - fever;
  • Group 2 - rash;
  • Group 3 - nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, stomach pain;
  • Group 4 - general ill feeling, extreme tiredness, body aches;
  • Group 5 - shortness of breath, cough, sore throat.

Once you have had an allergic reaction to this medication, you must never use it again. If you stop taking Trizivir for any reason, talk to your doctor before you start taking it again.

Trizivir may cause lactic acidosis (a build-up of lactic acid in the body, which can be fatal). Lactic acidosis can start slowly and get worse over time. Get emergency medical help if you have even mild symptoms of lactic acidosis, such as: muscle pain or weakness, numb or cold feeling in your arms and legs, trouble breathing, stomach pain, nausea with vomiting, fast or uneven heart rate, dizziness, or feeling very weak or tired.

Trizivir can cause other serious side effects that may not be signs of an allergic reaction. Call your doctor at once if you have:

  • the first sign of any skin rash, no matter how mild;
  • signs of a new infection such as flu symptoms, easy bruising or unusual bleeding, loss of appetite, mouth sores;
  • severe pain in your upper stomach spreading to your back;
  • pale skin, feeling light-headed, rapid heart rate, trouble concentrating;
  • itching, loss of appetite, dark urine, clay-colored stools, jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes);
  • increased sweating, tremors in your hands, anxiety, feeling irritable, sleep problems (insomnia);
  • diarrhea, unexplained weight loss, menstrual changes, impotence, loss of interest in sex;
  • swelling in your neck or throat (goiter);
  • problems with walking, breathing, speech, swallowing, or eye movement;
  • severe lower back pain, loss of bladder or bowel control; or
  • chest pain or heavy feeling, pain spreading to the arm or shoulder.

Less serious side effects may include:

  • headache, joint pain, depression, nervousness;
  • cold symptoms such as stuffy nose, sneezing, sinus pain;
  • mild nausea or diarrhea; or
  • changes in the shape or location of body fat (especially in your arms, legs, face, neck, breasts, and trunk);

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

Read the Trizivir (abacavir sulfate, lamivudine, and zidovudine) Side Effects Center for a complete guide to possible side effects

What is the most important information I should know about abacavir, lamivudine, and zidovudine (Trizivir) (Trizivir)?

Stop using this medication and call your doctor at once if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: fever; rash; nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, stomach pain; general ill feeling, extreme tiredness, body aches; shortness of breath, cough, sore throat.

Once you have had an allergic reaction to this medication, you must never use it again.

Some people develop lactic acidosis while taking Trizivir. Early symptoms may get worse over time and this condition can be fatal. Get emergency medical help if you have even mild symptoms such as: muscle pain or weakness, numb or cold feeling in your arms and legs, trouble breathing, stomach pain, nausea with vomiting, fast or uneven heart rate, dizziness, or feeling very weak or tired.

This medication can also cause severe or life-threatening effects on your liver. Call your doctor at once if you have any of these symptoms while taking Trizivir: pain in your upper stomach, itching, loss of appetite, dark urine, clay-colored stools, or jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes).

If you have hepatitis B you may develop liver symptoms after you stop taking Trizivir, even months after stopping. Your doctor may want to check your liver function for several months after you stop using the medication. Visit your doctor regularly.

Do not allow your medicine to run out completely before you get your prescription refilled. It is important that you not stop taking Trizivir once you have started. If you miss several doses, you may have a dangerous or even fatal allergic reaction once you start taking the medication again. If you stop taking Trizivir for any reason, talk to your doctor before you start taking it again.

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You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.


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