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Lamivir-150 (Lamivudine) 30 Tablets/Pack


Lamivir-150 (Lamivudine) 30 Tablets/Pack

Lamivir-150 (Lamivudine)

 

Product Name
Lamivir-150 (Lamivudine) 30 Tablets/Pack
Also known as Epivir
Active Ingredient
Lamivudine
Manufacturer
Cipla Pharmaceuticals
Product Type
Antiretroviral
Product expiry date we are currently shipping
Discontinued, no stock

This product has been discontinued and we currently do not have an alternative available at this time.

Lamivir tablets 150mg contain lamivudine, an antiretroviral drug used to treat HIV infection in combination with other HIV medication, to prevent or slow down the spread of infection.

Lamivir general information

What is Lamivir used for?

Lamivir tablets 150mg are used as part of combination therapy for the treatment of Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) infection in adults and adolescents 16 years of age or older. Lamivir 150 should not be used alone but should be given in combination with at least one other HIV medication either with the same or different mechanism of action, and is widely used in a treatment regime known as highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART) that is designed to help prevent development of viral resistance to treatment. HIV impairs the immune system by attacking specific immune cells called CD4+ cells that are involved in fighting infection, which can lead to opportunistic life-threatening infection (infections that would not normally be harmful); also if too many CD4+ cells are destroyed this can result in acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS). Lamivir tablets 150mg prevent or slow down the ability of HIV to replicate and spread, which keeps the amount of virus (viral load) down to a low level; allowing the numbers of CD4+ cells to increase, so that the immune system can recover, reducing the risk of disease progression.

How does Lamivir work?

Lamivir tablets 150mg contain lamivudine, which is a nucleoside analogue reverse transcriptase inhibitor (NRTI) that is only effective against retroviruses (RNA virus) like HIV. Lamivudine in Lamivir tablets 150mg works by inhibiting the action of the viral-specific enzyme reverse transcriptase (RT), which is needed for the virus to be able to replicate. Retroviruses convert RNA to DNA, which is then integrated into the DNA of infected immune cells so that the virus can replicate. A nucleoside is a building block of DNA that is needed by the virus to replicate, and nucleoside analogues, like lamivudine (analogue of cytidine) in Lamivir-150, become incorporated into the DNA that is copied from the viral RNA by an enzyme called reverse transcriptase. This blocks the action of reverse transcriptase and terminates the viral DNA chain so that it cannot become integrated into the DNA of the infected immune cell, which means that no more HIV can be produced. Lamivudine in Lamivir-150 has been shown to act additively or synergistically with other anti-HIV agents particularly zidovudine, which means that that it increases the effectiveness of the other drug. Lamivir-150 helps slow down the replication of HIV within your body but does not kill the virus already incorporated in the CD4+ cells or prevent the spread of the infection to others.

What does Lamivir contain?

Lamivir tablets 150mg contain the active ingredient lamivudine, a nucleoside analogue reverse transcriptase inhibitor (NRTI), which is an antiretroviral drug used to treat HIV infection.

Treating HIV infection with Lamivir

Lamivir tablets 150mg contain lamivudine, an antiretroviral drug that is effective only against RNA viruses (retroviruses) like Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and is used as part of combination therapy for the treatment of HIV infection. Lamivudine in Lamivir-150 works by inhibiting the action of the viral-specific enzyme reverse transcriptase (RT), which is needed for the virus to be able to replicate. HIV impairs the immune system by attacking specific immune cells called CD4+ cells that are involved in fighting infection, and this can lead to opportunistic life-threatening infection (infections that would not normally be harmful), including pneumonia, herpes virus infections, and Mycobacterium avium complex (MAC) infection. If too many CD4+ cells are destroyed this can result in acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS). Lamivudine in Lamivir-150 blocks the action of reverse transcriptase and terminates the viral DNA chain so that it cannot become integrated into the DNA of the infected immune cell, which means that no more HIV can be produced. Lamivir tablets 150mg help prevent or slow down the ability of HIV to replicate, which keeps the amount virus down to a low level and this results in an increase in CD4 cell numbers, so that the immune system can recover, reducing the risk of disease progression, however, it does not kill the virus already incorporated in the CD4+ cells or prevent the spread of the infection to others.

What are the side effects of Lamivir?

The most commonly reported side effects when taking Lamivir tablets 150mg include: Headache, nausea, vomiting, upper abdominal pain, diarrhoea, difficulty sleeping, rash, hair loss, arthralgia (joint pain), muscle disorders (aches and pains, spasm, shaking, weakness), fatigue, malaise (general feeling of unwellness), fever. A more serious but less common side effect is damage to the liver and a condition called lactic acidosis, which may cause pancreatitis, liver failure, or renal failure.

What are the health risks when taking Lamivir?

Lactic acidosis is a rare but potentially fatal condition that has been reported when taking an antiretroviral nucleoside analogue, such as in Lamivir tablets. It is caused by a build up of excess of lactic acid in the blood due to liver damage, which is usually associated with hepatomegaly (liver enlargement) with steatosis (build up of fat in the liver) and may cause pancreatitis, liver failure, or renal failure. Symptoms begin within a few months of treatment and include: nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain, difficulty breathing, loss of appetite, weight loss, motor weakness.

When should Lamivir not be used?

You should not use Lamivir tablets 150mg if you:
  • are allergic to lamivudine or any ingredients in Lamivir
  • are taking any other retroviral medication containing lamivudine
  • are pregnant or are breastfeeding
  • have kidney or liver disease
  • are taking medicines that interact with Lamivir, including: the antibiotic trimethoprim, the antriretrovirals zalicitabine

How should Lamivir be taken?

You should take your Lamivir tablets 150mg with a glass of water, with or without food, once or twice daily. The dose you take depends on your condition and your doctor’s recommendations and should be taken in combination with other HIV medication. You should continue to take your Lamivir tablets 150mg for as long as recommended by your doctor, and you will be monitored carefully to ensure that you do not develop any serious side effects, in which case your doctor will probably recommend that you stop taking your Lamivir 150. Do not suddenly stop taking your Lamivir tablets 150mg as this may increase risk of HIV resistance.

How long should you take Lamivir?

You should continue to take your Lamivir tablets 150mg for as long as recommended by your doctor, and you will be monitored carefully to ensure that you do not develop any serious side effects, in which case your doctor will probably recommend that you stop taking your Lamivir 150. Do not suddenly stop taking your Lamivir 150 as this may increase risk of HIV resistance.

Missed dose of Lamivir

If you miss a dose of Lamivir tablets 150mg take it as soon as you remember, unless it is time to take the next dose, then skip the missed dose. Do not take a double dose.

How should Lamivir be stored?

You should store your Lamivir below 25°C in a cool dry place.



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