Epivir interferes with the virus's ability to reproduce in the human body and thereby delays the collapse of the human immune system. It is also used for treatment of chronic hepatitis B.
Epivir must be taken exactly as prescribed by your doctor. You must continue to take it even if you have started feeling better. You may take it with or without food.
If you miss a dose take it as soon as you remember. However if it is almost time for the next dose, skip the Missed Dose and continue your regular dosing schedule. Do not take a double dose to make up for a missed one.
Store Epivir at room temperature and avoid direct exposure to sunlight or moisture. Brief storage at 59 to 86 °F (15 to 30 °C) is permitted. Keep it out of the reach of children.
Epivir does not eliminate HIV from the body. The infection can still be passed to others through sexual contact or blood contamination.
Some of the side effects of an overdose are Abdominal cramps and pains, allergic reaction, anemia, enlarged spleen, fatigue, fever, general feeling of illness, hair loss, headache, hives, insomnia and other sleep problems. So if you suspect an overdose, seek medical attention immediately.
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