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Epivir Medication - Uses & Side Effects

Epivir is an antiviral medication or anti-HIV medication. It helps to prevents the cells from producing new virus and also decreases the amount of virus in the body.

Epivir Dosage

  • If you are taking epivir HBV, then you should be taken this medicine by mouth with or without food. For the treatment of HBV infection, then the usual starting dose is 100 mg and you should be taken once daily.
  • If your doctor recommended dosage for the treatment of HIV infection is higher, then you should be taken 150 mg tablet twice daily.

Uses of Epivir

  • Epivir is used to treat the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), because it may cause the acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS).
  • It may also be used to treat other medical conditions those are listed in this medication guide.

Side Effects of Epivir

Before taken Epivir 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 Epivir. Side effects may include:

  • Abdominal cramps and pains
  • Hives
  • Anemia
  • Chills
  • General feeling of illness
  • Fatigue
  • Enlarged lymph nodes
  • Dizziness

Warnings and precautions before taking Epivir:

  • If you have any medical conditions such as hepatitis B, kidney disease, or pancreas disease, then you should tell your doctor.
  • You should tell your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any prescription and nonprescription medications such as sulfamethoxazole, and vitamins.
  • If you develop dark urine, yellowing of the skin or eyes, drowsiness, muscle aches, then you should notify your doctor immediately.

Drug Interaction:- If you are taking Epivir 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 Epivir with other drugs. You should tell your doctor about all prescription and nonprescription medications that you are taking such as lamivudine/zidovudine combination product, abacavir and tenofovir, zalcitabine. You should not start or stop any medicine without talking with your doctor.

Overdose

The symptoms of Epivir overdose are unknown at this time. But after taken Campral if you feel that overdose is suspected, then you should contact with your doctor immediately. Because it may lead to another serious effect.


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