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What is Lamivudine–Zidovudine–Nevirapine used for?

Lamivudine–Zidovudine–Nevirapine is indicated for the treatment of HIV-1 (human immunodeficiency virus) infection in adults. This medicine works by slowing down the reproduction of HIV cells in your body. It is a fixed dose combination product that contains 3 antiretroviral drugs: Lamivudine, Zidovudine and Nevirapine.

Lamivudine and Zidovudine belongs to a class of drugs called nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors, while Nevirapine belongs to a class of drugs called non-nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors.

Lamivudine–Zidovudine–Nevirapine may also be used to treat other conditions as determined by your doctor.

What is the recommended dosage of Lamivudine–Zidovudine–Nevirapine?

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

Lamivudine–Zidovudine–Nevirapine can be taken with or without food. Take this medicine with a full glass of water.

What if you miss a dose of Lamivudine–Zidovudine–Nevirapine?

If your physician has instructed or directed you to take Lamivudine–Zidovudine–Nevirapine 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 Lamivudine–Zidovudine–Nevirapine?

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

What other drugs could interact with Lamivudine–Zidovudine–Nevirapine?

It may be noted that drugs other than those listed above may also interact with Lamivudine–Zidovudine–Nevirapine.

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 Lamivudine–Zidovudine–Nevirapine) and dietary supplements like vitamins, minerals and herbal, so that the doctor can warn you of any possible drug interactions.

Lamivudine–Zidovudine–Nevirapine can interact with anti-infectives, antivirals, antibiotics, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and oral contraceptives.

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 Lamivudine–Zidovudine–Nevirapine?

Like other medicines, Lamivudine–Zidovudine–Nevirapine can cause some side effects. If they do occur, the side effects of Lamivudine–Zidovudine–Nevirapine 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 Lamivudine–Zidovudine–Nevirapine cannot be anticipated. If any side effects of Lamivudine–Zidovudine–Nevirapine develop or change in intensity, the doctor should be informed as soon as possible.

Lamivudine–Zidovudine–Nevirapine can cause side effects such as headache, stomach pain, constipation, fatigue, dizziness, nausea and muscle ache. Some of the serious side effects of Lamivudine–Zidovudine–Nevirapine may include rash and flu-like symptoms. This is not a complete list of all side effects. Do concur with your doctor and follow his directions completely when you are taking Lamivudine–Zidovudine–Nevirapine.

What are the questions to ask your doctor before taking Lamivudine–Zidovudine–Nevirapine?

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


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 Lamivudine–Zidovudine–Nevirapine is safe, appropriate or effective for you. Always consult your health care professional before using this, or any other, drug.

Lamivudine–Zidovudine–Nevirapine does not help in preventing the spread of HIV infection to others. This medicine is not a cure for HIV infection or AIDS.


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