Lamivudine and Zidovudine Information
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What is this drug used for?
– It is used to treat HIV infection.
Frequently reported side effects of this drug
– Stuffy nose
– Runny nose
– Lack of appetite
– Abdominal pain
– Abdominal cramps
– Joint pain
– Trouble sleeping
Other side effects of this drug: Talk with your doctor right away if you have any of these signs of:
– Lactic acidosis like fast breathing, fast heartbeat, abnormal heartbeat, vomiting, fatigue, shortness of breath, severe loss of strength and energy, severe dizziness, feeling cold, or muscle pain or cramps
– Liver problems like dark urine, fatigue, lack of appetite, nausea, abdominal pain, light-colored stools, vomiting, or yellow skin
– Pancreatitis like severe abdominal pain, severe back pain, severe nausea, or vomiting
– Burning or numbness feeling
– Severe loss of strength and energy
– Muscle pain
– Muscle weakness
– Change in body fat
– Signs of a significant reaction like wheezing; chest tightness; fever; itching; bad cough; blue skin color; seizures; or swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Medication Safety Issues
Combivir may be confused with Combivent, Epivir
High alert medication:
This medication is in a class the Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP) includes among its list of drug classes that have a heightened risk of causing significant patient harm when used in error.
Other safety concerns:
AZT is an error-prone abbreviation (mistaken as azaTHIOprine, aztreonam)
Storage and Stability
Store between 2?C and 30?C (36?F and 86?F).
See individual agents.