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What is Lamivudine + Nevirapine + Zidovudine combination used for?

Lamivudine + Nevirapine + Zidovudine combination is used for the treatment of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection and chronic hepatitis B infection. Taking this combination along with other lifestyle changes may reduce the risk of transmission of the disease.

Lamivudine + Nevirapine + Zidovudine combination may also be prescribed for other conditions as determined by the doctor.

How does Lamivudine + Nevirapine + Zidovudine combination work?

Lamivudine + Nevirapine + Zidovudine combination belongs to the class of drugs called reverse transcriptase inhibitors. This combination prevents the replication of HIV in the human cells. Thus, it stops replication of the viruses.

How to use Lamivudine + Nevirapine + Zidovudine combination?

The dosage and the drug form depend on the age, weight and medical condition of an individual. Take Lamivudine + Nevirapine + Zidovudine combination as prescribed by your doctor.

Swallow the tablet whole. You may also crush the tablet and combine them with small amount of food or drink if you cannot swallow the tablets whole. You must take the crushed tablet immediately.

If you miss a dose of Lamivudine + Nevirapine + Zidovudine combination, please take it immediately once you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, then skip the missed dose and continue with your regular dosing schedule. Do not take a double dose to make up for the missed dose.

What are the drugs that interact with Lamivudine + Nevirapine + Zidovudine combination?

Drugs that interact with Lamivudine + Nevirapine + Zidovudine combination include the following:

  • Bexarotene
  • Efavirenz
  • Ibuprofen
  • Leflunomide
  • Lomitapide
  • Lopinavir
  • Mipomersen
  • Nelfinavir
  • Rifampicin
  • Teriflunomide
  • Zalcitabine

This is not a comprehensive list of drug interactions. Consult your doctor to know more about other possible drug interactions.

What are the side effects of Lamivudine + Nevirapine + Zidovudine combination?

The following are the most common side effects of Lamivudine + Nevirapine + Zidovudine combination:

  • Fatigue
  • Headache
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Stomach pain
  • Diarrhoea
  • Fever
  • Joint pain and muscle pain
  • Dizziness
  • Tiredness
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Hair loss
  • Anaemia

The following are the severe side effects and you may require immediate medical attention:

  • Flatulence
  • Breathlessness
  • General aches and pains
  • Decrease of platelets
  • Patchy colour changes inside the mouth

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Please consult your doctor to know more about other possible side effects.

What special precautions Lamivudine + Nevirapine + Zidovudine combination?

  • Avoid using the medicine if you are allergic to Lamivudine + Nevirapine + Zidovudine combination or similar drugs.
  • Seek doctor’s advice before taking any other drug or herbal products while on Lamivudine + Nevirapine + Zidovudine combination.
  • Avoid consumption of alcohol as it may alter the absorption of Lamivudine + Nevirapine + Zidovudine combination.
  • Do not exceed the dose more than what is prescribed.
  • Do not stop using the medication abruptly unless instructed by the doctor. Stopping the medication suddenly may cause the illness to return.
  • Be cautious while taking Lamivudine + Nevirapine + Zidovudine combination if you have any liver impairment. Use of this combination may cause potentially fatal liver damage if you have a history of liver impairment.

You are advised not to take Lamivudine + Nevirapine + Zidovudine combination if

  • it has passed the expiry date of the medicine printed on the pack.
  • the foil or packaging is torn or shows signs of tampering or there is discoloration.

What should you tell your doctor before taking  Lamivudine + Nevirapine + Zidovudine combination?

  • Tell your doctor if you have any history of muscle problems, abnormal blood cell counts, liver disease, diabetes, nerve or kidney problems.
  • Inform the doctor if you are taking any other drugs, OTC medications, herbal products or nutritional supplements.
  • Inform your doctor if you previously experienced any liver problems or severe skin rash while on treatment with nevirapine-containing products.

Frequently asked questions about Lamivudine + Nevirapine + Zidovudine combination

:

  1. Can I stop taking Lamivudine + Nevirapine + Zidovudine combination if I feel better?
  2. Lamivudine + Nevirapine + Zidovudine combination is used to control HIV infection, but not to cure the condition. Therefore, you have to take the drug continuously unless your doctor tells you to stop it.  

  3. Is it safe to use St. John’s wort while taking Lamivudine + Nevirapine + Zidovudine combination?
  4. You must avoid taking St. John’s wort with Lamivudine + Nevirapine + Zidovudine combination. Use of St. John’s wort may decrease the efficacy of Lamivudine + Nevirapine + Zidovudine combination when used concomitantly.

  5. What are the other formulations available for Lamivudine + Nevirapine + Zidovudine combination?
  6. Lamivudine + Nevirapine + Zidovudine combination medicine is available as tablet.

  7. How long can I take Lamivudine + Nevirapine + Zidovudine combination?
  8. Lamivudine + Nevirapine + Zidovudine combination medicine should be taken till the course is completed. Abrupt discontinuation of the medicine may lead to reoccurrence of the disease.

  9. Is it safe to alter the dose of Lamivudine + Nevirapine + Zidovudine combination?
  10. No. Do not alter the dose of Lamivudine + Nevirapine + Zidovudine combination medicine. Consult your doctor if you have any problem with the dose.

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