Lamivir-100 mg (Epivir)
US Brand Name Epivir
Strength 100 mg
Generic Name Lamivudine
Manufacturer Cipla
Pharmaceutical Form Tablet/s

Lamivir - 100 mg


This drug has a generic name Lamivudine that prevents multiplying of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) or hepatitis B virus in the body. It is generally prescribed for the treatment of HIV/ AIDs. Lamivudine will however, not provide cure for HIV. It is sold under several trade names including Epivir and Lamivir (made by Cipla).



Important information about LamivudineDon’t take Lamivudine HIV/AIDS medication (Epivir, Lamivir) if you have any


known allergy to it or any other ingredients present in it. Inform your doctor beforehand if you have kidney or liver disease, a history of pancreatitis, or if have used a similar medicine (similar to Lamivudine) in the past like abacavir, didanosine, emtricitabine, stavudine, or zidovudine. Also, avoid taking this medicine if you are already taking HIV medicine which contains Lamivudine or Emtricitabine.


Lactic acidosis has been observed in some people who took Lamivudine (Epivir, Lamivir). The initial stage symptoms of lactic acidosis may deteriorate over the time and can prove fatal. You must seek medical care immediately when you encounter the first sign of lactic acidosis such as muscle pain or weakness, breathing trouble, numb or cold feeling in the limbs, stomach pain, or nausea with vomiting. It can also cause severe damage to your liver or pancreas. Get medical attention quickly if you have any of the following conditions of liver damage or pancreas damage: sever pain in upper stomach which advances to the back, nausea and vomiting, fast heartbeats, itching, loss of appetite, dark urine, clay colored stools, or jaundice.

It belongs to FDA pregnancy category C drug. It is not known whether this drug can harm an unborn baby if taken during the pregnancy time. However, HIV can be passed into the baby if mother is not treated safely during pregnancy. Avoid taking this medicine if you are breast feeding and HIV positive women. You must inform your doctor in advance about pregnancy or any plan to become pregnant.  



Before taking Lamivudine


Before taking Lamivudine, take care of all the above mentioned precautions. Discuss all the conditions with your doctor and clear all the doubts pertaining to this drug.



Dosage information


Take Lamivudine exactly as your doctor prescribed. Do not alter the dosage unless your doctor advices you to do so. Also, do not consider this medicine in use after the prescription period is over. All medications comes with a patient leaflet, you should refer the medicine label to get more information about the drug. You may consume this tablet with or without food. It is usually treated with a combination of drugs. Store the medicine in a cool or dry place.



Note: Lamivudine dosage depends on lots of factors like age, sex, drug allergies, or seriousness of the condition, your doctor may fix the dosage by examining you properly.  Strictly follow the dosage instruction prescribed by your doctor.   



What if you miss a dose


If you miss a dose of Lamivudine, take the dose as soon as you remember. Be aware to skip the dose if the next dose time is almost up. Taking multiple dose can lead to excess medicine in your body which might cause harmful conditions.    



What if you overdose


In case of overdose, get emergency medical help or call your doctor immediately. 



Things to avoid- This drug could not safe your body from HIV. It will prevent the growth of multiplication of virus. Chances of spreading the virus still remain same through infected razors, needles or toothbrush, unprotected sex. Hence, avoid such activities and things.



Side effects


Some common side effects pertaining to this medicine are nausea, headache, vomiting, dizziness, drowsiness, or diarrhea. If these effects persist or deteriorate, seek medical attention or contact your doctor immediately. Some patients may feel deterioration of previous medical condition as they experience the recovery, or develop new condition due to overactive immune system. These are not the comprehensive list of all side effects. You may be experience some others as well. Inform your doctor if you have any of these conditions.



Interaction with other drugs- Many other drugs can interact with Lamivudine including interferons (Intron, Betaseron,

Avonex, Rebif, Extavia, Alferon, Rebetron, and others). Inform your doctor well in advance if you are using any of these medicines. Never start taking a new medicine without your doctor’s advice.



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