lamivudine (3tc) (Epivir; Epivir HBV)

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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?

Yes

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:

Other important side effects are

Which drugs or supplements interact with lamivudine?

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Is lamivudine safe to take if I'm pregnant or breastfeeding?

  • Use of lamivudine during pregnancy has not been adequately evaluated.
  • It is not known whether lamivudine is secreted in breast milk. HIV infected mothers should not breastfeed because of the potential risk of transmitting HIV to an infant that is not infected.

What else should I know about lamivudine?

What preparations of lamivudine are available?

  • Tablets: 100, 150, and 300 mg
  • Oral solution: 5, 10 mg/ml

How should I keep lamivudine stored?

Tablets and solution should be stored at room temperature between 15 C and 30 C (59 F and 86 F).

Reference: FDA Prescribing Information

Summary

Lamivudine (3tc) (Epivir; Epivir HBV) is a drug prescribed for the treatment of HIV infection and hepatitis B infection. The most serious side include

Drug interactions, and dosage, and pregnancy and breastfeeding safety information should be reviewed prior to taking this medication.

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Reviewed on 9/22/2016
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Reference: FDA Prescribing Information

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