An Overview of Combivir (AZT/3TC)
November 1, 2016
Brand Name: Combivir
WARNING:Combivir can cause serious, life-threatening side effects. These include lactic acidosis (a buildup of lactic acid in the blood), liver problems, muscle weakness (myopathy), and blood disorders such as severe anemia (extremely reduced numbers of red blood cells) or neutropenia (reduced numbers of white blood cells).
Contact your health care provider right away if you have any of the following symptoms that could be signs of lactic acidosis:
Contact your health care provider if you have any of the following symptoms that could be signs of serious liver problems:
Contact your health care provider right away if you have muscle weakness.
While taking Combivir, it is important to keep all of your appointments with your health care provider.
What Is Combivir?
Combivir is a prescription medicine approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of HIV infection in adults and children weighing more than 30 kg. Combivir is always used in combination with other HIV medicines.
Combivir contains the following two different medicines combined in one pill:
Combivir belongs to a class (group) of HIV drugs called nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors (NRTIs). NRTIs block an HIV enzyme called reverse transcriptase. (An enzyme is a protein that starts or increases the speed of a chemical reaction.) By blocking reverse transcriptase, the two drugs in Combivir prevent HIV from multiplying and can reduce the amount of HIV in the body.
HIV medicines can't cure HIV/AIDS, but taking a combination of HIV medicines (called an HIV treatment regimen) every day helps people with HIV live longer, healthier lives. HIV medicines also reduce the risk of HIV transmission.
If you are taking HIV medicines, including Combivir, don't cut down on, skip, or stop taking them unless your health care provider tells you to.
What Should I Tell My Health Care Provider Before Taking Combivir?
Before taking Combivir, tell your health care provider:
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