What is Lamivir (Lamivudine) used for?
Lamivir (Lamivudine) is an oral antiviral medicine prescribed to treat patients with hepatitis B or who have HIV. It operates by slowing the reproduction of virus cells making it easier for the immune system to control the infection. Your doctor may also prescribe the use of this medication along with others to get the most effective results from treatment.
How should I use Lamivir (Lamivudine)?
Always use Lamivir (Lamivudine) strictly according to your doctor`s instructions to get the safest and most effective results from treatment. The normal dosage is one tablet administered once or twice each day, but your individual directions will be based on your age, weight, health condition, and the severity of your symptoms. These should be swallowed with a large glass of water and may be taken with or without food, although a meal or snack is recommended before use if you get an upset stomach. Never change the form of the tablets by crushing, splitting, or chewing them to avoid destroying or altering the effects of their contents. It should be noted that this medication will not cure your condition and is only meant to control the infection. Ask your doctor any questions you have about the medicine to ensure the correct administration.
What are the side effects of Lamivir (Lamivudine)?
Lamivir (Lamivudine) may cause side effects in some patients including:
Stop using the medication and contact your doctor as soon as possible if you experience any serious or worrying side effects such as severe diarrhoea, increased sweating, anxiety, lower back pain, confusion, difficulty breathing, swelling of the neck, fever, or signs of an infection. These conditions may require lower doses, reduced application frequency, or emergency medical attention in serious cases to prevent more health problems from occurring.
Lamivir (Lamivudine) should not be taken by patents who are fructose intolerant, allergic to lamivudine, or who have had a bad reaction to similar treatments in the past. Also inform your doctor if you have an HIV infection, decreased kidney function, or other chronic health problems that may lead to complications to make sure the necessary adjustment are made to your treatment.
Strictly use Lamivir (Lamivudine) as prescribed and follow all instructions provided by your doctor. Safe, suitable, and optimum dosage can vary and is dependent on the patient`s health and medical history, as well as the condition you are treating.
Lamivir (Lamivudine) may not be safe or suitable for all patients. Always ensure your doctor is informed if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, using any other type of medication (including non-prescription medicine, vitamins, and supplements), as well as if you have any allergies, other illnesses, or pre-existing medication conditions.
Seek immediate medical attention or proceed to your nearest accident and emergency department if you suffer a hypersensitive or allergic reaction. Symptoms usually present during a reaction of this nature include difficulty breathing or swallowing, swelling of the limbs or face, tight chest, hives, and skin rashes.