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Generic name: abacavir sulfate and lamivudine


ViiV Healthcare

What it does:
Helps prevent replication of HIV

Traditional dosage:
One tablet, containing 600 mg of abacavir sulfate and 300 mg of lamivudine (both NRTIs), once daily.

Drug interactions, precautions, & recommendations:
Do not take if you have kidney problems or are prone to heart disease. Use with caution if you take Atripla, Combivir, Emtriva, Epivir, Trizivir, Truvada, Ziagen, methadone, or medicines used to treat hepatitis. If you have hep B, do not run out of or stop taking Epzicom without consulting your doctor. Your general health, blood tests, and liver functions should be monitored if you stop taking Epzicom. Do not take if you have moderate to severe liver problems, or are breastfeeding.

Side effects:
Most serious: severe allergic reactions, buildup of lactic acid in the blood, liver problems
Other: insomnia, depression, headache, tiredness, dizziness, nausea, diarrhea, rash, fever

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