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What is Abacavir used for?

Abacavir is an antiviral medication indicated for the treatment of HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) infection. It prevents HIV cells from multiplying in your body. This drug is used in combination with other anti-HIV drugs for the treatment of HIV infection. This medicine may also be used to treat other conditions as determined by your doctor.

What is the recommended dosage of Abacavir?

The dosage of Abacavir prescribed to each patient will vary. Always follow your physician’s instructions and/or the directions on the prescription drug label.

Abacavir can be taken with or without food.

What if you miss a dose of Abacavir?

If your physician has instructed or directed you to take Abacavir medication in a regular schedule and you have missed a dose of this medicine, take it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, then skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not double the doses unless otherwise directed.

What if you overdose on Abacavir?

Any medication taken in excess can have serious consequences. If you suspect an overdose of Abacavir, seek medical attention immediately.

What other drugs could interact with Abacavir?

It may be noted that drugs other than those listed above may also interact with Abacavir.

Usually drug interactions occur when it is taken with another drug or with food. Before you take a medication for a particular ailment, you should inform the health expert about intake of any other medications including non-prescription medications, over-the-counter medicines that may increase the effect of Abacavir, and dietary supplements like vitamins, minerals and herbal, so that the doctor can warn you of any possible drug interactions.

Do let your doctor know if you smoke, consume alcohol or caffeinated drinks, or use illegal drugs as these may interfere with the action of your medication. Make sure to inform your doctor of any medical conditions you may have, or any family history of medical problems. Do not start or stop using any medicine without consulting your doctor.

What are the side effects of Abacavir?

Like other medicines, Abacavir can cause some side effects. If they do occur, the side effects of Abacavir are most likely to be minor and temporary. However, some may be serious and may require the individual to inform the doctor or visit the nearest hospital immediately.

It is pertinent to note that side effects of Abacavir cannot be anticipated. If any side effects of Abacavir develop or change in intensity, the doctor should be informed as soon as possible.

Abacavir can cause side effects such as headache, sleep problems, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and loss of appetite. This is not a complete list of all side effects. Do concur with your doctor and follow his directions completely when you are taking Abacavir.

What are the questions to ask your doctor before taking Abacavir?

Is it possible for me to take Abacavir with other drugs?
Should certain beverages, foods and other products be avoided when I take Abacavir?
What are the possible drug interactions of Abacavir?
How will Abacavir work in my body?
How should Abacavir be taken?
How to reduce the risk of Abacavir drug interactions and side effects?

Note

The health and medical information provided here is intended to supplement and not substitute for the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacists or other health care professional. It should not be understood to indicate that the use of Abacavir is safe, appropriate or effective for you. Always consult your health care professional before using this, or any other, drug.

 

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