Epivir-HBV also goes by the name Lamivudine. It’s a medication that’s designed to be an anti-HIV treatment. It stops both the HIV virus as well as hepatitis B from being able to reproduce inside the body. Its primary use though is to treat HIV, which if not controlled can become full blown AIDS. Epivir-HBV is effective at what it does, but it’s not a cure for either HIV or aids.
Epivir-HBV is a different (stronger) form of the base treatment Epivir that fights hepatitis B. It’s used on people who have both Hepatitis B as well as HIV.
What important information do you need to know concerning dosage before you start using Epivir-HBV?
You should make sure that you take this medication exactly as instructed by a doctor. This is important. Whatever instructions your given need to be followed in precise fashion. Be sure to not take the treatment in larger doses than what you’re told. Also, be sure to not take it for longer than a doctor tells you to.
If you use the specific medication Epivir-HBV, then you’ll want to be sure not to take it with Epivir. You can take it with or without foods, just make sure the food you do take it with is fairly healthy.
What happens if you miss a dose? Do you simply pick up where you left out or do you wait for the next dose time to resume?
If you miss taking a dose of this medicational treatment, then be sure to resume taking it as soon as you can. If you find that it’s close to your next dose time, then simply skip the one you forgot about. Don’t make the mistake of taking extra medication in order to make up for a dose that you missed. If something goes wrong and you overdose, call your local poison hotline or emergency medical treatment services in the area you reside for help.
What are some of the more common potential side effects you put yourself at risk for if you have to use Epivir-HBV?
Cold symptoms (stuffy nose, sneezing)
Abnormal liver test results
What are some of the more serious potential side effects you put yourself at risk for if you have to use Epivir-HBV?
Muscle pain and weakness
Numbness and coldness
Threaded, rapid pulse
Liver problems (jaundice, dark stools)
Under what condition should you stop taking this medicational treatment, even if you haven’t been told by a doctor its okay first?
The only time you should immediately stop using this medication if you haven’t been directed by a doctor first would be if you have a serious allergic reaction. You’ll know this right away if you start experiencing hives, itchiness, swelling or trouble with your breathing. Also, make sure you don’t take it with these specific medications that are known to interact badly with it.
Any other medications you take make sure to let a doctor know in advance.