What is Duovir (Lamivudine/Zidovudine) used for?
Duovir (Lamivudine/Zidovudine) is a combination of two antiviral medications, both of which are known as synthetic nucleoside analogues. This is used to treat HIV, and may be used by patients with or without AIDS. The active ingredients in this drug work to slow the spread of the HIV infection in the patient's body. However this drug is not a cure for HIV and may not reduce the amount of HIV related illnesses.
How should I use Duovir (Lamivudine/Zidovudine)?
Duovir (Lamivudine/Zidovudine) comes as a tablet which should be taken by mouth. You may take this medication with food or without food. Adults are sometimes directed to take this drug twice per day. It is important for patients to be aware that while this drug controls HIV, it does not cure it. Therefore, it is important to keep taking it.
What are the side effects of Duovir (Lamivudine/Zidovudine)?
Some patients taking Duovir (Lamivudine/Zidovudine) may notice:
Be sure to discuss with your physician the risk of all possible side effects.
This drug may cause an increased risk of heart attack in some patients. Discuss this with your physician before you begin taking this drug.
Strictly follow all instructions provided to you by your physician or pharmacist while using Duovir (Lamivudine/Zidovudine). Optimum and safe dosage can differ based on the patient and the condition being treated.
As this medication may be unsafe for certain patients, it is essential you always inform your physician if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, as well as if you have any allergies, other illnesses, or ongoing health conditions, and if you are taking any other form of medication, supplements, or herbal products.
Immediately seek emergency medical care if you have any allergic or hypersensitive reaction. Common signs of a reaction include hives, swelling, skin rashes, chest pains, as well as trouble breathing or swallowing.