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Epzicom

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.
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If you have been diagnosed with HIV, you may have been prescribed Epzicom for treatment. Epzicom is a fixed dose combination of two medications: Abacavir and Lamivudine. Epzicom is not a cure for HIV, but it can help slow the progression of the disease and may prolong life.

While taking Epzicom, you can still transmit the disease to others. Make sure you never have unprotected sex, and avoid sharing objects like toothbrushes, razors and needles. Continue to see your doctor and have your bloodwork checked regularly. Keep your prescription of Epzicom up to date so you don’t run out of medication. Alcohol may react negatively with this drug, so talk to your doctor before drinking. You should also discuss with your doctor any allergies to other medications or food. Tell your doctor if you have kidney or liver disease, and if you are currently taking any other medications.

Make sure to carefully follow your doctor’s dosage instructions. Epzicom is taken as a pill once a day, with or without food. It is important that you do not miss a dose. But if you do, take the missed dose as soon as you remember. However if you are close to the time of the next dose, skip the missed dose and get back on schedule with your next dose.

Epzicom may cause potential side effects. Tell your doctor immediately if you experience any of the following issues. Signs of an allergic reaction include hives, difficulty breathing and swelling of the face or throat. Signs of a liver problem may include dark urine, stomach pain, vomiting and a yellow color in the skin or eyes. Signs of a kidney problems include the inability to pass urine or blood in the urine. Signs of pancreatitis can include back pain, an upset stomach, dizziness, depression and mouth sores. Also notify your doctor if you experience symptoms of lactic acidosis.

Keep an open dialogue with your doctor about your HIV treatment plan.

 

Duration: 03:14 Last Updated On: 2016-02-08