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Pharmacist Punkaj Khanna overviews the prescription drug Combivir. If you have more questions or want to determine if this medication could be right for you, talk with your doctor. 

Combivir is an antiretroviral prescription medication used by people who have been diagnosed with HIV. It is a fixed dose combination of two different drugs, Zidovudine and Lamivudine. This medication is not a cure for HIV, but it does work to help the disease from progressing further throughout the body.

Combivir will not stop the spread of HIV from person to person. It is important to note that if you do have HIV, do not have any unprotected sex and never share objects like toothbrushes, razors, or needles. 

While using Combivir, you may also be more likely to become ill because the medication can weaken the immune system. Continue to see your doctor and get blood work done regularly. 

Before starting treatment with Combivir, you should tell your doctor if you have Hepatitis B or any other condition. Tell your doctor if you have any allergies to food or medications, if you are taking any other medication, and if you have kidney or liver disease before taking Combivir. You should also tell your doctor if you are pregnant or planning on becoming pregnant before taking the medication. 

Combivir comes in pill form, which is usually taken twice a day. Follow your doctor's instructions extremely carefully. Taking it incorrectly can increase the risk of serious side effects. 

Talk to your doctor about your HIV treatment plan. If you are unsatisfied with your treatment you and your doctor can work together to create a plan that works for you.  


Punkaj Khanna, Pharm. D.

This video features Punkaj Khanna, Pharm. D.. Punkaj Khanna earned his Pharm.D. from Massachusetts College of Pharmacy. He works at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, and has special interests in patient education and compliance.

Duration: 03:13. Last Updated On: 2016-02-08
Reviewed by: Dr. Preeti Parikh . Review date: January 25, 2016