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Lamivudine - Side Effects, Precautions, and Contraindications

What side effects can Lamivudine cause?

Common side effects are:

  • Nausea and vomiting. This can be prevented by eating small frequent meals or sucking on candy.
  • Stomach discomfort. Take the medicine after food to reduce gastric discomfort.
  • Headache and pain. Mild painkillers (e.g. paracetamol) can be taken to reduce the pain.
  • Fatigue/tiredness
  • Diarrhea
  • Skin rash.

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:

  • Numbness or tingling sensations of fingers, toes or feet
  • Visual changes

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.

Before taking Lamivudine , what precautions must I follow?

What food or medicine must I avoid when I take Lamivudine ?

  • Updated on 9/27/2017 12:00:00 AM
  • Article contributed by Pharmacy Department KK Women's and Children's Hospital
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