What is Combivir?
Combivir is an antiviral medication containing a combination of lamivudine and zidovudine which are in a group of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) medicines called reverse transcriptase inhibitors.
Combivir works by helping to keep the HIV virus from reproducing in the body.
Combivir is used to treat HIV, which causes the acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS).
Below are a number of key points you should consider before taking Combivir. As with all prescription drugs, consult a medical professional prior to starting to take Combivir.
If you are taking eitherlamivudine andzidovudine, you should not take Combivir. These medications include: Epivir, Retrovir, Epzicom (abacavir and lamivudine), and Trizivir (abacavir, lamivudine, zidovudine).
You should tell your doctor before taking Combivir if you have kidney disease, liver disease, a pancreas disorder, bone marrow suppression, or problems with your muscles.
When you are taking Combivir, you could suffer from a lower count of the blood cells that help your body to fight infections. This can make it easier for you to get sick. In order to keep control of your white blood cell count, you should have your blood tested often.
There is a chance that if you have hepatitis B and stop taking Combivir, you may develop liver symptoms, even months after stopping treatment. Your doctor may want to check your liver function for several months after you stop using Combivir. Visit your doctor regularly.
In some people, treatment with Combivir has been shown to cause lactic acidosis which can be fatal. You should seek emergency medical help if you have even mild symptoms such as: muscle pain or weakness, numb or cold feeling in your arms and legs, trouble breathing, stomach pain, nausea with vomiting, slow or uneven heart rate, dizziness, or feeling very weak or tired.
What should I know before taking Combivir?
Below are guidelines you should follow when taking Combivir:
Tell your doctor if you have any of the following conditions prior to starting Combivir:
liver disease (including hepatitis);
bone marrow suppression; or
problems with your muscles.
If you are pregnant while taking Combivir, your name may be listed on a pregnancy registry to track the outcome of the pregnancy and evaluate any effects of the medication on the baby.
If you have HIV or AIDS, you should not breastfeed as the virus may be passed to the baby in your breast-milk.
Combivir should not be given to a child that weighs less than 66 pounds.
Store Combivir at room temperature, away from direct light, moisture, and heat.
The active ingredients in Combivirare lamivudine and zidovudine.