Epivir (generic name: lamivudine; brand names include: Lamivir / Zeffix / Heptovir) is used for treating HIV infection in combination with other medicines.
Epivir is in a class of medications called nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors. It works by blocking the growth and spread of HIV.
Epivir is non-addictive.
This medication may be prescribed for other uses; ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.
Follow the directions on your prescription label carefully, and ask your doctor or pharmacist to explain any part you do not understand. Take Epivir exactly as directed.
Take Epivir by mouth with or without food. Epivir is usually taken every 12 hours (twice a day).
Continue to take Epivir even if you feel well. Do not miss any doses. Taking Epivir at the same time each day will help you remember to take it. It is important to take Epivir on a regular dosing schedule.
If you miss a dose of Epivir, take it as soon as possible. If it is within 2 hours of your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take 2 doses at once.
Store Epivir at room temperature. The liquid does not need to be refrigerated; however, it should be stored in a cool place.
Before taking Epivir, tell your doctor if:
you are allergic to Epivir or other medicines;
you are taking trimethoprim/sulfamethoxazole;
you have or have ever had hepatitis B, kidney disease, or pancreas disease (in children only);
you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding.
Active ingredient: lamivudine.