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lamivudine (3tc) (Epivir; Epivir HBV)

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Pharmacy Author: Omudhome Ogbru, PharmD Omudhome Ogbru, PharmD

Dr. Ogbru received his Doctorate in Pharmacy from the University of the Pacific School of Pharmacy in 1995. He completed a Pharmacy Practice Residency at the University of Arizona/University Medical Center in 1996. He was a Professor of Pharmacy Practice and a Regional Clerkship Coordinator for the University of the Pacific School of Pharmacy from 1996-99.

Medical and Pharmacy Editor: Jay W. Marks, MD Jay W. Marks, MD

Jay W. Marks, MD, is a board-certified internist and gastroenterologist. He graduated from Yale University School of Medicine and trained in internal medicine and gastroenterology at UCLA/Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.

ARTICLE RELATED DISEASES IMAGES & QUIZZES INDEX HIV AIDS Myths and Facts Slideshow Pictures Take the HIV/AIDS Quiz AIDS Retrospective Slideshow Pictures GENERIC NAME: lamivudine (3tc)BRAND NAME: Epivir, Epivir HBV

GENERIC AVAILABLE: Yes

PRESCRIPTION: Yes

USES:

Lamivudine is used for the treatment of HIV infection and hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection. It also is used off-label for prevention of HIV among individuals accidentally exposed to HIV.

WARNING: (BLACK BOX WARNING):

Lactic acidosis, severe hepatomegaly with steatosis, including fatal cases, may occur from use of lamivudine. Severe acute flare up of hepatitis B has been reported in patients infected with hepatitis B virus and human immunodeficiency virus after stopping lamivudine. Liver function should be monitored in these patients and anti-hepatitis B treatment should be started if needed. The dose for treating HIV infection is different from the dose for treating hepatitis B infection.

SIDE EFFECTS:

The most severe side effects of lamivudine are:

pancreatitis, liver failure, metabolic disturbance (lactic acidosis), a decrease in blood cells, muscle pain, weakness, and nerve damage in the extremities (peripheral neuropathy). Symptoms of peripheral neuropathy are tingling, numbness and pain in the feet or hands.

Other important side effects are

fever, abdominal pain, weight loss, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, hair loss, and difficulty sleeping.

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