Lamivir Hbv 100 Mg (Lamivudine)
Also known as: Epivir / Epivir-HBV / Zeffix
Active ingredient: Lamivudine
Packaging Type: 10 tabs/blister
Manufacturer : Cipla
Product Code: PR10255
Epivir HBV 100 Mg
What is this drug?
Epivir is an anti-viral which is specifically used to treat Hepatitis B infection and sometimes HIV. It is not to be used as the first line of treatment because resistance to this drug is very common. It is to be used only when other options are not working.
Classification and Mechanism of Action
Epivir contains Lamivudine as the main ingredient which is an antiviral belonging to the class of nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitor. It acts by inhibiting the RNA synthesis of the virus thereby impeding its replication and growth. It reduces the viral load on the liver and allows it to heal.
Looking after your drug
Store it between 20 – 250C and away from the reach of kids and pets. Do not share with anyone.
How to take the medication?
Take it orally with or without food preferably at the same time each day. Follow the instructions of your health care provider precisely.
The usual recommended dose is 100mg once in a day. Kindly consult your doctor for your dosage.
Consult your doctor right away.
If it is time for your next dose then skip the missed dose or else take it as soon as you remember. Do not double dose.
Warnings and Precautions
It interacts with certain medications. Consult your doctor. Use with caution in case of kidney problems. Breastfeeding is not recommended. It can cause severe lactic acidosis and hepatomegaly.
Possible Side Effects
- Lactic acidosis (Rare but severe)
- GI upset
- Dizziness, drowsiness
- Infections of ear, nose, and throat
- Headache and fatigue
When the drug should not be used?
- HIV-1 infection
- Severe kidney problems
- Pregnant or plan to become pregnant
How long should you take the drug?
As long as prescribed.