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Lamivudine
(Generic alternative to Epivir)

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Epivir
(Lamivudine)

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What is Epivir /Lamivudine used for?

Heptovir is an antiviral medication that is used in the treatment of HIV, by preventing the cells infected by the HIV virus from multiplying in the body. It can also be used as a treatment for chronic hepatitis B in the same way. This medication is not a cure for HIV, AIDS or chronic hepatitis B.

How should Epivir /Lamivudine be stored?

Heptovir tablets should be stored at room temperature in an area that is protected from moisture and heat.

General information

This medication should only be used by prescribed patient, do not give it to other people. The information provided is advisory only and does not contain all information pertaining to this medication. Talk to your doctor, pharmacist, or health care provider for question about this medication.

How should I take Epivir/Lamivudine ?

This medication should be taken exactly as prescribed. When taking this medication follow your doctor's directions on your prescription label. Heptovir tablets may be taken without regard to food.

When should Epivir /Lamivudine not be taken?

Do not take Heptovir if you are allergic to any of its contents. If you are taking Combivir or any other medications that include Lamivudine, do not take Heptovir. If you are breast feeding, do not take Heptovir.

What precautions should I follow when taking Epivir /Lamivudine ?

Before taking this medication, notify your doctor if any of the following apply to you: you have kidney disease; you have any types of liver disease; you have a history of pancreatitis; you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant; or if you have taken any medications in the past, especially those that are similar to lamivudine.

What special warning(s) should I be aware of when taking Epivir /Lamivudine ?

This medication can cause a buildup of lactic acid within the body, also called lactic acidosis, which is characterized by unusual muscle pain and weakness, trouble breathing, fast or uneven heart rate, nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, and numbness or cold feeling in your arms or legs. If you have any of these symptoms after taking Heptovir, notify your doctor immediately, as this condition generally worsens over time and can be fatal. While taking Heptovir, avoid drinking alcohol, as it may increase the risk of damage to the pancreas or liver.

When should Epivir /Lamivudine not be taken?

Severe side effects include: liver damage - nausea, stomach pain, low fever, loss of appetite, dark urine, clay-colored stools, jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes); lactic acidosis - muscle pain or weakness, numb or cold feeling in your arms and legs

Common and less serious side effects include: cough; sleep problems (insomnia), strange dreams; nausea, vomiting, diarrhea; joint or muscle pain; dizziness, headache, tired feeling; or changes in the shape or location of body fat (especially in your arms,

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