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Epzicom

What is Epzicom

Epzicom is an antiviral medication. Epzicom inhibits the reproduction of viruses in the body.

Epzicom are used to treat the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), which causes the acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS).

Epzicom may also be used for purposes other than those listed in this medication guide.

General medical information about Epzicom

Fatal hypersensitivity reactions, lactic acidosis (the build up of lactic acid in the body) and severe liver problems, including fatal cases, have been reported with the use of Epzicom, alone or in combination. Contact your doctor immediately if you experience a skin rash, nausea, vomiting, or unusual or unexpected stomach discomfort; weakness and tiredness; sore throat; shortness of breath; cough; weakness in the arms and legs; yellowing of the skin or eyes; or pain in the upper stomach area. Your pharmacist can provide you with a card listing the symptoms of a hypersensitivity reaction. Carry this card with you and notify your doctor immediately if you develop any of the symptoms listed. If you need to stop taking Epzicom for any reason, do not start taking it again without first talking to your doctor. Dangerous, even fatal, allergic reactions have occurred when Epzicom were restarted, even when no symptoms were present before.

Serious cases of pancreatitis (inflammation of the pancreas) have been reported with the use of Epzicom. Notify your doctor immediately if you develop symptoms of pancreatitis including nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain.

Patients with hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection, who take Epzicom and then stop taking it, may get "flare ups" of their hepatitis. "Flare up" is when the disease suddenly returns in a worse way than before. If you have HBV infection, your doctor should closely monitor your liver function for several months after stopping Epzicom. You may need to take anti-HBV medicines.

Avoid alcohol while taking Epzicom. Alcohol may increase the risk of damage to the pancreas and/or liver.

Follow your doctor's instructions with respect to high-risk activities such as unprotected sex and the sharing of needles. Epzicom does not reduce the risk of passing the HIV or hepatitis B virus to others.

What you should find out before taking Epzicom

Fatal hypersensitivity reactions, lactic acidosis (the build up of lactic acid in the body) and severe liver problems, including fatal cases, have been reported with the use of Epzicom, alone or in combination. Contact your doctor immediately if you experience a skin rash, nausea, vomiting, or unusual or unexpected stomach discomfort; weakness and tiredness; sore throat; shortness of breath; cough; weakness in the arms and legs; yellowing of the skin or eyes; or pain in the upper stomach area. Your pharmacist can provide you with a card listing the symptoms of a hypersensitivity reaction. Carry this card with you and notify your doctor immediately if you develop any of the symptoms listed. If you need to stop taking Epzicom for any reason, do not start taking it again without first talking to your doctor. Dangerous, even fatal, allergic reactions have occurred when Epzicom were restarted, even when no symptoms were present before.

Before taking Epzicom, tell your doctor if you have:
- kidney disease;
- liver disease (including hepatitis B virus infection);
- pancreatitis;
- problems with your muscles; or
- problems with your blood counts.

You may not be able to take Epzicom, or you may require a dosage adjustment or special monitoring during treatment if you have any of the conditions listed above.

Do not take Epzicom if you have had an allergic reaction to either drug or any of the product ingredients.

Do not take other medications with abacavir or lamivudine in them (Ziagen, Epivir, Epivir-HBV) without first talking to your doctor.

Epzicom is in the FDA pregnancy category C. This means that it is not known whether Epzicom will be harmful to an unborn baby. It is very important to treat HIV/AIDS during pregnancy to reduce the risk of infecting the baby. Talk to your doctor about your treatment options.

It is not known whether Epzicom passes into breast milk and

What effect it may have on a nursing baby. To prevent transmission of the virus to uninfected babies, it is recommended that HIV-positive mothers not breast-feed.

How should take Epzicom

Take Epzicom exactly as directed by your doctor. If you do not understand these directions, ask your pharmacist, nurse, or doctor to explain them to you.

Take each dose with a full glass of water.

Epzicom can be taken with or without food.

It is important to take Epzicom regularly to get the most benefit.

Your doctor may want you to have blood tests or other medical evaluations during treatment with Epzicom to monitor progress and side effects.

If you stop taking Epzicom do not restart without first talking to your doctor. If your doctor decides to restart therapy with Epzicom, it is important that you are monitored for any signs of an allergic reaction. When restarting therapy with Epzicom you should have access to medical help or have other people around you who can call for help in case of an allergic reaction.

Treatment of HIV/AIDS almost always requires the use of two or more drugs. If you need to stop taking one of the medicines you are taking for HIV, you should stop all of them until you can talk to your doctor.

Store Epzicom at room temperature away from moisture and heat.

If you miss a dose:

Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and take only the next regularly scheduled dose. Do not take a double dose of this medication unless your doctor directs otherwise.

What happens if you overdose:

Seek emergency medical attention.

Symptoms of a Epzicom overdose are not known.

Avoid while taking Epzicom

Epzicom may interact with other medications resulting in reduced effectiveness and/or side effects. Talk to your doctor and pharmacist before taking any other prescription or over-the-counter medications, including herbal products.

Follow your doctor's instructions with respect to high-risk activities such as unprotected sex and the sharing of needles. Do not share personal items that can have blood or body fluids on them, like a toothbrush or razor blade. Epzicom does not reduce the risk of passing the HIV or hepatitis B virus to others.

Avoid alcohol while taking Epzicom. Alcohol may increase the risk of damage to the pancreas and/or liver.

Possible side effects of Epzicom

Serious cases of pancreatitis (inflammation of the pancreas) have been reported with the use of Epzicom. Notify your doctor immediately if you develop symptoms of pancreatitis including nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain.

Patients with hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection, who take Epzicom and then stop taking it, may get "flare ups" of their hepatitis. "Flare up" is when the disease suddenly returns in a worse way than before. If you have HBV infection, your doctor should closely monitor your liver function for several months after stopping Epzicom. You may need to take anti-HBV medicines.

If you experience an allergic reaction (difficulty breathing; closing of your throat; swelling of your lips, tongue, or face; or hives), stop taking Epzicom and seek emergency medical attention.

Other, less serious side effects may be more likely to occur. Continue taking Epzicom and talk to your doctor if you experience
- fatigue or tiredness;
- mild nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, or decreased appetite;
- headache;
- depression, anxiety;
- insomnia, abnormal dreams;
- dizziness;
- muscle or joint soreness;
- fever or chills;
- skin rash; or
- redistribution of body fat (loss of fat from the arms, legs, and face and increased fat around the neck, breast, and trunk).

Side effects other than those listed here may also occur. Talk to your doctor about any side effect that seems unusual or that is especially bothersome.

What other drugs will affect Epzicom

Do not take Epzicom without first talking to your doctor if you are taking any of the following medicines:
- methadone (Dolophine, Methadose);
- zalcitabine, ddC (Hivid);
- lamivudine, 3TC (Epivir, Epivir-HBV);
- abacavir (Ziagen);
- lamivudine and zidovudine (Combivir); or
- abacavir, lamivudine, and zidovudine (Trizivir).

Epzicom may interact with other medications resulting in reduced effectiveness and/or side effects. Talk to your doctor and pharmacist before taking any other prescription or over-the-counter medications, including herbal products.

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