Lamivir 150 Tablet is used in the treatment of HIV infection and chronic hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection. It prevents the multiplication of virus in human cells. This stops the virus from producing new viruses and clears up your infection.
Lamivir 150 Tablet is not a cure for HIV or AIDS and only helps to decrease the amount of HIV in your body. This helps to lower your risk of getting HIV-related complications and improves your lifespan. It is prescribed in combination with other HIV medicines. Your doctor will recommend the best medicines for you and will decide the doses that you need. Follow carefully the instructions for all the medicines that you are given. It can be taken with or without food. Taking all these medicines regularly at the right times greatly increases their effectiveness and reduces the chances of HIV becoming resistant to them. It is important not to miss doses and to keep taking them until your doctor tells you it is safe to stop.
Before taking it, tell your doctor if you have any skin problems or liver or kidney disease. While using it, you may need regular blood tests to check your blood counts and liver function. Avoid drinking alcohol as it may increase your risk of liver damage. Pregnant or breastfeeding mothers should consult their doctor before using this medicine. Do not have unprotected sex or share personal items like razors or toothbrushes, if you are HIV positive. Talk to your doctor about safe ways like condoms to prevent HIV transmission during sex.
BENEFITS OF LAMIVIR TABLET
In Chronic hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection
In patients with chronic hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection, Lamivir 150 Tablet works by preventing the HBV virus from multiplying in the body. It helps control the infection and makes the immune system work better. This lowers the chances of getting complications and improves the quality of life. This medicine is always taken in combination with other antiretroviral medicines. It is not a cure and should neither be used to prevent HBV infection. It is important that you take this medicine as prescribed, following the dosage recommended by your doctor. Taking all doses in the right amount at the right times greatly increases the effectiveness of the medicine.
HOW TO USE LAMIVIR TABLET
Take this medicine in the dose and duration as advised by your doctor. Swallow it as a whole. Do not chew, crush or break it. Lamivir 150 Tablet may be taken with or without food, but it is better to take it at a fixed time.
HOW LAMIVIR TABLET WORKS
Lamivir 150 Tablet is an antiviral medication. It prevents the multiplication of virus in human cells. This stops the virus from producing new viruses and clears up your infection.
Caution is advised when consuming alcohol with Lamivir 150 Tablet. Please consult your doctor.
CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR
Lamivir 150 Tablet may be unsafe to use during pregnancy. Although there are limited studies in humans, animal studies have shown harmful effects on the developing baby. Your doctor will weigh the benefits and any potential risks before prescribing it to you. Please consult your doctor.
SAFE IF PRESCRIBED
Lamivir 150 Tablet is probably safe to use during breastfeeding. Limited human data suggests that the drug does not represent any significant risk to the baby.
Lamivir 150 Tablet does not usually affect your ability to drive.
Lamivir 150 Tablet should be used with caution in patients with kidney disease. Dose adjustment of Lamivir 150 Tablet may be needed. Please consult your doctor.
Lamivir 150 Tablet is safe to use in patients with liver disease. No dose adjustment of Lamivir 150 Tablet is recommended.
WHAT IF YOU FORGET TO TAKE LAMIVIR TABLET?
If you miss a dose of Lamivir 150 Tablet, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular schedule. Do not double the dose.
Most side effects do not require any medical attention and disappear as your body adjusts to the medicine. Consult your doctor if they persist or if you’re worried about them
Common side effects of Lamivir
- Stomach pain
Q. How should I take Lamivir 150 Tablet?
Lamivir 150 Tablet should be taken in the dose and duration advised by the doctor. This medicine can be taken with or without food. However, it is better to take it at a fixed time of the day to avoid the chances of missing a dose.
Q. Is Lamivir 150 Tablet effective?
Lamivir 150 Tablet is effective if used in the dose and duration advised by your doctor. Do not stop taking it even if you see improvement in your condition. If you stop using Lamivir 150 Tablet too early, the symptoms may return or worsen.
Q. What is drug resistance? Can I develop drug resistance with Lamivir 150 Tablet?
Drug resistance is a state where the medicine which was once effective in treating an infection becomes ineffective. This mainly happens due to the ability acquired by the virus or bacteria to get modified inside the body which affects the overall working of the medicine. Hence, the medicine is no longer able to fight against the virus or bacteria. Generally, drug resistance with Lamivir 150 Tablet is more likely to happen if you take less dose than what is recommended.
Q. How long should I take Lamivir 150 Tablet?
Do not stop taking entecavir without consulting your doctor. Stopping entecavir before treatment may worsen your hepatitis. This can happen during the first several months after you stop taking entecavir. Take the medicine strictly as advised and do not miss any dose.
Q. What if I forget to take a dose of Lamivir 150 Tablet?
If you forget a dose of Lamivir 150 Tablet, take it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and take the next scheduled dose in the prescribed time. Do not double the dose to make up for the missed one as this may increase the chances of developing side effects.
Q. What if HIV infection co-exists with HBV infection? Will this affect treatment with Lamivir 150 Tablet?
In HBV patients who are diagnosed with HIV, Lamivir 150 Tablet is not recommended until and unless these patients start taking medicines for HIV management. Starting Lamivir 150 Tablet in such patients may cause resistance to the prescribed HIV medicines. Therefore, doctors recommend tests for HIV in patients diagnosed with HBV infection before starting treatment with Lamivir 150 Tablet.
Q. Can Lamivir 150 Tablet cure hepatitis B?
No, Lamivir 150 Tablet does not cure hepatitis B but may improve the condition of the liver. It may decrease the amount of hepatitis B virus (HBV) present in the body. This is done by limiting the ability of HBV to multiply and further infect new liver cells.
Q. Is Lamivir 150 Tablet safe?
Lamivir 150 Tablet is safe if used in the dose and duration advised by your doctor. Take it exactly as directed and do not skip any dose. Follow your doctor’s instructions carefully and let your doctor know if any of the side effects bother you.
Always read the patient information leaflet before commencing treatment.
Important: We advise you to always read the patient information leaflet inside the medication box, as the generic medication may not always entirely match the patient information leaflet listed. Please contact us if you have any questions.