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- What brand names are available for lamivudine?
- Is lamivudine available as a generic drug?
- Do I need a prescription for lamivudine?
- What are the uses for lamivudine?
- What are the side effects of lamivudine?
- Which drugs or supplements interact with lamivudine?
- Is lamivudine safe to take if I'm pregnant or breastfeeding?
- What else should I know about lamivudine?
What brand names are available for lamivudine?
Epivir, Epivir HBV
Is lamivudine available as a generic drug?
GENERIC AVAILABLE: Yes
Do I need a prescription for lamivudine?
What are the uses for lamivudine?
- Lamivudine is used for the treatment of HIV infection and hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection.
- It also is used off-label for prevention of HIV among individuals accidentally exposed to HIV.
What are the side effects of lamivudine?
The most severe side effects of lamivudine are:
- liver failure,
- metabolic disturbance (lactic acidosis),
- a decrease in blood cells,
- muscle pain,
- weakness, and
- nerve damage in the extremities (peripheral neuropathy). Symptoms of peripheral neuropathy are tingling, numbness and pain in the feet or hands.
Other important side effects are
Which drugs or supplements interact with lamivudine?
- Trimethoprim/sulfamethoxazole (Bactrim) increases the concentration of lamivudine in the body. Zalcitabine (Hivid) and lamivudine may interfere with the activity of each other.
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