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Trizivir

Pharmacist Punkaj Khanna overviews the prescription drug Trizivir. If you want to know more or have additional questions about Trizivir, talk to your doctor. Trizivir is an antiretroviral medication used to treat HIV. It is a fixed dose combination of three drugs, Abacavir, Lamivudine and Zidovudine. 

This drug does not cure HIV, but instead works to stop the disease from spreading. Trizivir will also not prevent the transmission of HIV from person to person. It is important that those living with the HIV infection do not share toothbrushes, razors, or needles, and always use a condom during sex.

While using Trizivir, you may be more likely to become ill, because the medication does have the ability to weaken the immune system. Due to this, it is advised to see your doctor regularly, and have blood work done regularly. 

Before starting treatment with Trizivir, be sure to tell your doctor if you have any allergies, kidney or liver disease, or if you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant. 

Trizivir is a tablet that is usually taken twice per day. If you miss a dose, take your Trizivir pill right away. However, if you are close to the time for your next required dose, skip the missed dose and resume a regular schedule. Do not take more than one dose at the same time, and it is important to ensure you always have an adequate supply of Trizivir to prevent stopping the drug. It may also be dangerous to drink while treating the HIV infection with Trizivir, so talk with your doctor about whether you can drink while on this drug. 

As with any medication you may experience side effects while using Trizivir. Inform your doctor if you experience any of the following; feelings of anxiousness, fever, joint pain, swelling, chest pain, extreme stomach pain (including vomiting or diarrhea), sores in the mouth, an allergic reaction, trouble breathing, change in body fat, muscle pain, burning, numbness or tingling, or signs of liver issues. 

Keep in mind that Trizivir can affect each patient differently. Talk to your doctor about your treatment plan for HIV to determine what is right 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: 02:43. Last Updated On: 2016-02-09
Reviewed by: Dr. Preeti Parikh . Review date: January 27, 2016