Epivir Lamivudine and/or alternatives
Epivir falls under a group of drugs referred as nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors or NRTIs. The generic name of this drug is Lamivudine. It is meant for oral administration only. You can buy Epivir online in the form of oral tablets (Epivir 150 mg and 300 mg) and oral solution (Epivir 10 mg/ml).
The nonmedical ingredients present in Epivir 150 mg oral tablets are: sodium starch glycolate, hypromellose, titanium dioxide, polyethylene glycol, microcrystalline cellulose, polysorbate 80, and magnesium stearate.
The nonmedical ingredients present in Epivir 300 mg oral tablets are: black iron oxide, titanium dioxide, magnesium stearate, sodium starch glycolate, polyethylene glycol, microcrystalline cellulose, polysorbate 80, and hypromellose.
The nonmedical ingredients present in Epivir 10 mg/ml oral solution are: artificial banana and strawberry flavors, sucrose, methylparaben, citric acid, propylparaben, sodium citrate, and propylene glycol.
Indications & Dosage of Epivir
Epivir is used for treating HIV and AIDS. It works by preventing multiplication of HIV within a patient’s body. This drug, however, is not a cure for HIV and AIDS.
The recommended dosage for adult patients is 300 mg per day, administered as a single dose or two equal divided doses. The recommended dosage for pediatric patients in the age group of 3 months – 16 years is Epivir 4mg/kg. The maximum dosage is 300 mg.
A lower dose of Epivir is recommended for patients with renal impairment.
Side Effects & Interactions of Epivir
Serious side effects associated with Epivir may include:
- Easy bleeding, Unusual weakness, pale skin, easy bruising
- Liver damage – stomach pain, dark urine, yellow eyes or skin, low fever, dark stools, loss of appetite
- Peripheral neuropathy – pain, numbness, or tingling in the feet or hands
- Pancreatitis – excruciating pain in the stomach passing to your lower and/or upper back, fast heart rate, nausea with vomiting
- Lactic acidosis – uneven heart rate, pain or weakness in the muscles, cold feeling or numb feeling in the legs and arms, nausea and vomiting, trouble breathing
- Sores or white patches on the lips or inside the mouth
Mild side effects associated with Epivir may include:
- Diarrhea, vomiting, nausea
- Tired feeling, headache, dizziness
You should not take Combivir (another nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitor used for treating HIV and AIDS) along with Epivir. Other drugs that may interact with Epivir include Ribavirin, interferon-alfa, and trimethoprim. Before you buy Epivir, tell the doctor if you are taking any of the aforementioned drugs or any other drugs.
Warnings & Precautions of Epivir
You should not buy Epivir if you are hypersensitive to any ingredients used in it. Before starting treatment, inform your doctor if you have/have pancreatitis, kidney disease, or liver disease.
Epivir may increase the risk of lactic acidosis. Consult your doctor immediately if you have any signs of lactic acidosis. This drug may cause severe or fatal effects on the pancreas or liver. Contact your doctor immediately if you have any symptoms of liver damage or pancreatitis.
If you are planning a pregnancy or are pregnant, tell your doctor about it. Your doctor will decide if the benefits of Epivir are greater than any risks to your unborn child.
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