The effectiveness of lamivudine will be determined by whether levels of hepatitis B virus decrease in the blood, whether liver enzymes improve, and whether inflammation and scarring decreases in the liver biopsies.
Treatment with lamivudine does not stop you from passing the infection on to others through sexual contact, sharing needles to inject drugs, or from mother to baby.
Lamivudine comes as an oral tablet and an oral solution.
Lamivudine brand name Epivir comes in the following forms and strengths. Lamivudine Epivir-HBV is used to treat hepatitis B infection.
Epivir tablets and liquid used to treat human immunodeficiency virus HIV are not interchangeable with Epivir-HBV tablets and liquid used to treat hepatitis B infection. The safety and scientific validity of this study is the responsibility of the study sponsor and investigators. Worsening of liver disease sometimes resulting in death has occurred in people living with both HIV and hepatitis C virus infection HCV who were taking HIV medicines and also being treated for HCV infection with interferon with or without ribavirin.
Food and Drug Administration FDA for the treatment of HIV infection in adults and children 3 months of age and older.
Ask your doctor before use if you are taking the following medications:
This risk is generally higher at elevated drugs concentrations.
Alert your doctor if you have a history of myasthenia gravis or experience the new muscle weakness.
If it is near the time of the next dose, skip themissed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule. Begin therapy as soon as possible after exposure, ideally within 2 hours. Lamivudine has activity against HIV and hepatitis B virus.
If doses are delayed, missed, or not taken as prescribed, levels of 3TC in the blood may fall too low.