- Inform your doctor.
- Allergy to the medication or any allergies.
- Medical History of muscle problems, pancreas problems, abnormal blood cell counts, liver disease (eg, hepatitis) or other liver problems (eg, abnormal liver function tests), kidney problems, diabetes, lactic acidosis, a nerve disorder, a current pregnancy or planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding, very overweight or is a child who has a history of pancreas problems or who has previously taken other medicine for HIV infection.
- Do not stop taking lamivudine, even for a short period. Viral resistance may occur and make it more difficult to treat.
- This drug is not a cure for HIV infection as patients may still get illnesses and infections associated with HIV. Regular checkups with a physician is recommended.
- This drug does not stop the spread of HIV to others through blood or sexual contact. Do not share needles, injection supplies, or items like toothbrushes or razors.
- May affect blood sugar levels in diabetic patients. Regular blood sugar monitoring is recommended.
- Should only be used when there is a clear need during pregnancy as it may harm an unborn baby. If you are planning to be pregnant or think you may be pregnant, discuss the risks and benefits of use with your doctor.
- As breast milk can transmit HIV, breastfeeding should be avoided.
Taking multiple drugs may affect how medications work and/or cause unwanted side effects. List down all the medications you are taking and inform your physician and pharmacist. Do not take, discontinue, or alter any dose of medications without prior approval of your physician.
- Products that may interact with this medication include:
- Interferon alfa or ribavirin, Emtricitabine, other medicines that contain lamivudine, or trimethoprim, Zalcitabine because it may decrease lamivudine’s effectiveness.