Drug Class: What is Combivir and why is it prescribed?
Drug Mechanism: How does Combivir work?
Dosage: How should you take this medication?
Possible food and drug interactions when taking this medication
Special information on Combivir
Combivir side effects
|Drug Class: What is Combivir and why is it prescribed?|
Generic Combivir 150/300 mg is used to fight the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) that causes AIDS.
Generic Combivir 150/300 mg is a combination product containing the two AIDS drugs, lamivudine (Epivir) and zidovudine (Retrovir).
Generic Combivir 150/300 mg is intended for use with additional AIDS drugs.
HIV does its damage by slowly destroying the immune system, eventually leaving the body defenseless against infections. The drugs in
|Drug Mechanism: How does Combivir work?|
Generic Combivir 150/300 mg is a combination of lamivudine (Epivir) and zidovudine (Retrovir) that is used for the treatment of infections with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV).
Lamivudine and zidovudine are in a class of drugs called reverse transcriptase inhibitors which also includes zalcitabine (Hivid) and didanosine (Videx).
During infection with HIV, the HIV virus multiplies within the body s cells. The newly-formed viruses then are released from the cells and spread
|Dosage: How should you take this medication?|
It s important to keep adequate levels of Generic Combivir 150/300 mg in your bloodstream at all times, so you need to take it regularly, exactly as prescribed, even when you re feeling better. Generic Combivir 150/300 mg doses can be taken with or without food.
If you miss a Generic Combivir 150/300 mg dose: Take it as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next Generic Combivir 150/300 mg dose, skip the one you missed and go back to your regular Generic Combivir 150/300 mg
|Possible food and drug interactions when taking this medication|
Generic Combivir 150/300 mg is taken with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered.
It is especially important to check with your doctor before combining Generic Combivir 150/300 mg with the following: Chemotherapy drugs, Doxorubicin (Doxil, Adriamycin), Ganciclovir (Cytovene), Interferon (Intron A, Roferon-A), Ribavirin (Virazole), Stavudine (Zerit), Trimethoprim/Sulfamethoxazole (Bactrim, Septra), Zalcitabine (Hivid).
|Special information on Combivir|
Generic Combivir 150/300 mg Specical Information:
The effects of Generic Combivir 150/300 mg during pregnancy have not been adequately studied. If you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant, notify your doctor immediately. Since HIV infection can be passed to your baby through breast milk, you should not breastfeed your infant.
Remember that Generic Combivir 150/300 mg does not totally eliminate HIV from the body. The infection can still be passed on to
|Combivir side effects|
Generic Combivir 150/300 mg Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, inform your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking Generic Combivir 150/300 mg.
More common Generic Combivir 150/300 mg side effects may include: Abdominal pain, abdominal cramps, allergic reactions, blisters, blood disorders, bone pain, breast enlargement, chills, cough, depression, diarrhea, dizziness, fat redistribution, fatigue, fever, flu-like symptoms,
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