Lamivudine is an antiretroviral agent that blocks construction of virus. It is used to decrease the amount of viruses (viral load) to as low as possible, for as long as possible.
Common side effects are:
Inform your doctor if any of the above side effects lasts for more than a few days or if they become serious or bothersome.
Rare but serious side effects may manifest as the following symptoms. Contact your doctor as soon as possible, if you notice any of the following:
Inform your doctor if you notice any other unusual symptoms. Always discuss with your doctor or pharmacist if you or your child has any problems or difficulties during or after taking Lamivudine.
Lamivudine is usually taken twice daily. It is usually given in combination with at least two other antiretroviral agents to achieve significant decrease in viral multiplication.
Lamivudine can be administered with or without food.
Missing doses makes Lamivudine less effective and may also make the virus resistant to Lamivudine and other possible antiretroviral agents.
If you forgot take the medication within 4 hours, administer it as soon as you remember and then continue to take it as per normal. Otherwise, skip the missed dose and administer the next dose at the usual time. Do not double or increase the dose.
If you or your child vomits within 15 minutes of administration, give another dose if possible.
Some medication may reduce its efficacy, or increase its toxicity. Do not take any other medications or herbal products without first consulting your doctor.