Epivir- HBV product description
Epivir- HBV (lamivudine) is an antiviral drug that prevents the reproduction of the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) or hepatitis B virus in your body. Epivir-HBV should not be used like therapy for those persons who have hepatitis B and HIV at the same time
Epivir HBV safety information
Contraindications Epivir- HBV is forbidden to take with vitamins and supplements, and the drug is not allowed to be taken if there is an allergy to its composition.
Do not take Epivir-HBV with similar drugs that contain lamivudine. In order to protect yourself before taking the drug, you must tell the specialist about the availability of such diseases: Hepatitis B or liver transplant; Pancreatitis or kidney disease;
Also, report if you are having a course of therapy against HIV. Some people who take Epivir- HBV can have a dangerous illness named lactic acidosis the accumulation of lactic acid in the body. Usually, it is observed among persons who are overweight or who pass a long course of therapy against HIV.
Be sure to discuss with your therapist all the possible risks to your health. Persons with diabetes should be aware that Epivir- HBV raises blood sugar levels. Epivir- HBV can also cause severe or life-threatening difficulties in the working of the liver and pancreas.
If you have: the strong ache in the upper abdomen, spreading to the back, nausea, loss of appetite, dark urine, yellow feces or discoloration of urine, you have to ask for the help of your therapist. If you are overweight with hepatitis B and stop the course of intaking the pharmaceutical product, the symptoms may return.
Therefore, do not stop the therapy without the permission of the therapist and pass the tests, which will confirm the improvement. In addition, an abrupt reversal of therapy can complicate liver working. If the patient is pregnant, Epivir- HBV should be stopped. Continue intaking the pharmaceutical only if the health benefits of the mother exceed the health benefits of the child.
During the period of taking the drug, you must stop breastfeeding. If the patient had HIV disease or Hepatitis, in principle, breastfeeding must not be allowed, since the illness can be given to the child through the mother's milk.
Epivir- HBV cannot be used in course of remedy for children less than 2 years old.
Remember that during therapy you have to take blood tests constantly and regulate your index.
The fact that you are taking drug therapy does not mean that now you cannot infect other people's HIV. So do not use one-off razors and one-of toothbrushes and practice protected sexual life.
Epivir HBV side effects
The drug sometimes causes side conditions, mainly if the person does not comply with the rules for taking Epivir- HBV, or not reported about having some illness.
In any occasion, if you find difficulties with the liver, pancreas, skin or heart, as well as any other infections in the body, you need to report any side conditions to the doctor. He, in turn, either corrects the dose of Epivir- HBV or abolishes the therapy with this pharmaceutical product.