COMBIVAIR 200 ROTACAPS
- Medicine Overview
WHAT IS COMBIVAIR 200 ROTACAPS?
Combivir contains two active ingredients that are used to treat HIV infection: lamivudine and zidovudine. Both of these belong to a group of antiretroviral medicines called nucleoside analogue reverse transcriptase inhibitors (NRTIs).
WHAT ARE THE USES OF COMBIVAIR 200 ROTACAPS?
Combivir contains two active ingredients that are used to treat HIV infection
WHAT ARE THE SIDE EFFECTS OF COMBIVAIR 200 ROTACAPS?
During HIV therapy there may be an increase in weight and in levels of blood lipids and glucose. This is partly linked to restored health and life style, and in the case of blood lipids sometimes to the HIV medicines themselves. Your doctor will test for these changes. Treatment with Combivir often causes a loss of fat from legs, arms and face (lipoatrophy). This loss of body fat has been shown to be not fully reversible after discontinuation of zidovudine
WHEN NOT TO USE COMBIVAIR 200 ROTACAPS?
Do not take Combivir: • if you are allergic to lamivudine or zidovudine, or any of the other ingredients of this medicine. • if you have a very low red blood cell count (anaemia) or a very low white blood cell count (neutropenia). Check with your doctor if you think any of these apply to you.
WHAT ARE THE PRECAUTIONS OF COMBIVAIR 200 ROTACAPS?
if you have ever had liver disease, including hepatitis B or C (if you have hepatitis B infection, do not stop Combivir without your doctor’s advice, as your hepatitis may come back) • if you have kidney disease • if you are seriously overweight (especially if you are a woman)
WHAT ARE THE INTERACTIONS COMBIVAIR 200 ROTACAPS?
These medicines should not be used with Combivir: • other medicinal products containing lamivudine, to treat HIV infection or hepatitis B infection • emtricitabine, to treat HIV infection • stavudine, to treat HIV infection • ribavirin or injections of ganciclovir to treat viral infections • high doses of co-trimoxazole, an antibiotic • cladribine, used to treat hairy cell leukaemia.
Some medicines interact with Combivir 3 These include: • clarithromycin, an antibiotic if you are taking clarithromycin, take your dose at least 2 hours before or after you take your Combivir. • phenytoin, for treating epilepsy.
WHAT IS THE DOSE OF COMBIVAIR 200 ROTACAPS?
Adults and adolescents 30 kg or more The usual dose of Combivir is one tablet twice a day. Take the tablets at regular times, leaving approximately 12 hours between each tablet. Children who weigh between 21 and 30 kg The usual starting dose of Combivir is one half tablet (½) taken in the morning and one whole tablet taken in the evening.
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