Lamivudine and tenofovir are antiviral medicines that prevent human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) from multiplying in your body. Lamivudine and tenofovir is a combination medicine used to treat HIV, the virus that can cause acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS).
Lamivudine and tenofovir is a combination medicine used to treat HIV, the virus that can cause acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS). Lamivudine and tenofovir is not a cure for HIV or AIDS.
lamivudine and tenofovir are used in adults and children who weigh at least 77 pounds.
This medicine can cause serious side effects. Call your doctor at once if you have symptoms such as upper stomach pain, loss of appetite, dark urine, yellowing of your skin or eyes, bone pain, or muscle weakness.
You may develop lactic acidosis, a dangerous build-up of lactic acid in your blood. Call your doctor or get emergency medical help if you have unusual muscle pain, trouble breathing, stomach pain, dizziness, feeling cold, or feeling very weak or tired.
If you’ve ever had hepatitis B, it may become active or get worse after you stop using lamivudine and tenofovir. You may need frequent liver function tests for several months.
You should not use lamivudine and tenofovir if you are allergic to lamivudine or tenofovir.
Tell your doctor if you have ever had:
- liver disease, including hepatitis B or C (especially if you also use ribavirin or interferon alfa);
- kidney disease (or if you are on dialysis);
- a pancreas disorder; or
- bone problems, including osteoporosis or a broken bone.
You may develop lactic acidosis, a dangerous build-up of lactic acid in your blood.
Tell your doctor if you are pregnant, and use your medications properly to control your infection. HIV can be passed to your baby if the virus is not controlled during pregnancy. Your name may be listed on a registry to track any effects of antiviral medicine on the baby.
Women with HIV or AIDS should not breastfeed a baby. Even if your baby is born without HIV, the virus may be passed to the baby in your breast milk.
How should I take lamivudine?
Your doctor will perform blood tests to make sure you do not have conditions that would prevent you from safely using this medicine.
Follow all directions on your prescription label and read all medication guides or instruction sheets. Use the medicine exactly as directed.
You may take lamivudine and tenofovir with or without food.
You will need frequent medical tests. Your kidney and liver function may also need to be checked.
Lamivudine and tenofovir doses are based on the weight in children. Your child’s dose needs may change if the child gains or loses weight.
Use all HIV medications as directed and read all medication guides you receive. Do not change your dose or dosing schedule without your doctor’s advice. Every person