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Abacavir

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Antiretroviral Agent Ziagen™ Children

Abacavir - Dosage and How to Use

How should Abacavir be used?

Abacavir can be taken once or twice daily. The dose is usually determined based on patient’s body weight. It is usually given in combination with other anti-retroviral agents to achieve significant decrease in viral multiplication.

Abacavir can be taken with or without food. Remember to swallow the tablet whole with a glass of water.
Alternatively, it can be crushed and added to small amounts of semi-solid food or liquid and administered immediately.

What should I do if I miss a dose?

Missing doses of the medication make Abacavir less effective and may also make the virus resistant to Abacavir and possibly other antiretroviral agents. This could make the virus harder to treat.

If you forgot to give your child the medication, give the dose as soon as you remember and then continue to give it at the usual timing. Otherwise, if it is close to the time for your child’s next dose, skip the missed dose and give the next dose at the usual time. Do not double or increase the dose.

What should I do if I overdose?

  • Updated on Saturday, October 7, 2017
  • Article contributed by Pharmacy Department KK Women's and Children's Hospital

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