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Combivir Medication - Uses & Side Effects

Lamivudine and zidovudine are antiviral medications. They are in a group of human immunodeficiency virus medicines known as reverse transcriptase inhibitors. This medication helps keep the HIV virus from reproducing in the body.

Combivir Dosage

  • For adults and adolescents 12 and over, the usual starting dose is one tablet twice a day.
  • Combivir should not be taken by children under 12 years of age.

Uses of Combivir

  • Combivir is used to treat HIV, which causes the acquired immunodeficiency syndrome.
  • It may also be used to treats other medical conditions those are listed in this medication guide.

Side Effects of Combivir

Before taken Combivir medicine, you should discuss the side effects with your doctor. If any develop or change in intensity, then you should inform your doctor as soon as possible. Because only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking Combivir. Side effects may include:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Blisters
  • Chills
  • Depression
  • Fat redistribution
  • Hair loss
  • Indigestion
  • Joint pain
  • Liver disorders
  • Mouth discoloration
  • Nasal symptoms
  • Pancreatitis

Warnings and precautions before taking Combivir:

  • If you are taking Combivir, then it may cause muscle pain and inflammation. If you develop any such kind of symptoms, then you should tell your doctor.
  • If you weigh less than 110 pounds, then you should not take Combivir. Because Epivir component of Combivir is not recommended in people with low body weight.
  • If you have the chronic liver disease hepatitis B, then the virus that causes it may become resistant to the Epivir component of Combivir.

Drug Interaction :-If you are taking Combivir with certain other drugs, then the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. So it is especially important to check with your doctor before combining Combivir with the following:

  • Chemotherapy drugs
  • Doxorubicin
  • Ganciclovir
  • Interferon
  • Ribavirin
  • Stavudine
  • Trimethoprim/Sulfamethoxazole
  • Zalcitabine
Overdose

After taken Combivir if you feel that overdose is suspected, then you should contact with your doctor immediately. Because it may lead to another serious effect. Symptoms of a Combivir overdose include

  • Confusion
  • Dizziness
  • Headache
  • Lack of energy
  • Nausea
  • Seizure
  • Vomiting


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