|Generic:||Lamivudine (For HIV Infection)|
|Therapeutic Class:||Drugs for HIV / Anti-retroviral drugs|
|Manufacturer:||Essential Drugs Company Ltd.|
|Last Updated:||2020-11-21 18:15:00|
Lamivudine Tablet contains Lamivudine (For HIV Infection). Lamivudine uses:
Lamivudine in combination with other antiretroviral agents is indicated for the treatment of HIV infection.
Lamivudine Tablet contains Lamivudine (For HIV Infection) 150 mg. Lamivudine doses:
Adults and adolescents over 12 years of age: The recommended dose for HIV infection is 300 mg daily. This is administered as 150 mg twice daily.
Lamivudine may be administered with or without food.
The following adverse events have been reported during therapy for HIV disease with Lamivudine.Blood and lymphatic systems disorders-
Nervous system disorders-
Respiratory, thoracic and mediastinal disorders
Skin and subcutaneous tissue disorders-
Musculoskeletal and connective tissue disorders-
General disorders and administration site conditions-
Cases of lactic acidosis, usually associated with severe hepatomegaly and hepatic steatosis, have been reported with the use of nucleoside analogues.
Lamivudine is a synthetic nucleoside analogue. Lamivudine is phosphorylated intracellularly to lamivudine triphosphate. Incorporation of the monophosphate form into viral DNA occurs by hepatitis B virus (HBV) polymerase. As a result DNA chain is terminated. Lamivudine triphosphate also inhibits the RNA and DNA dependent DNA polymerase activities of HIV-1 reverse transcriptase (RT). Lamivudine triphosphate is a very weak inhibitor of mammalian alpha, beta, and gamma-DNA polymerases.
Lamivudin is not recommended for use as monotherapy. In pediatric patients with a history of prior antiretroviral nucleoside exposure, a history of pancreatitis, or other significant risk factors for the development of pancreatitis, Lamivudine should be used with caution. Treatment with Lamivudine should be stopped immediately if clinical signs, symptoms, or laboratory abnormalities suggestive of pancreatitis occur
Lactic Acidosis/Severe Hepatomegaly with Steatosis: Lactic acidosis and severe hepatomegaly with steatosis, including fatal cases, have been reported with the use of nucleoside analogues alone or in combination, including Lamivudine and other antiretrovirals. A majority of these cases have been in women. Obesity and prolonged nucleoside exposure may be risk factors. Particular caution should be exercised when administering Lamivudine to any patient with known risk factors for liver disease.
In patients with moderate to severe renal impairment, the dose should be adjusted. Patients receiving Lamivudin or any other antiretroviral therapy may continue to develop opportunistic infections and other complications of HIV infection, and therefore should remain under close clinical observation by physicians experienced in the treatment of patients with associated HIV diseases.
The possibility of interactions with other medicinal products administered concurrently should be considered, particularly when the main route of elimination is active renal secretion. Administration of trimethoprim/sulfamethoxazole 160 mg/800 mg results in a 40% increase in Lamivudine exposure. Lamivudine and zalcitabine may inhibit the intracellular phosphorylation of one another. Therefore, use of Lamivudine in combination with zalcitabine is not recommended.
Pregnancy Category C. The safety of Lamivudine in human pregnancy has not been established.
Lactation: Following oral administration Lamivudine excreted in breast milk at similar concentrations to those found in serum. That’s why it is recommended that mothers taking Lamivudine do not breast-feed their infants.
Hypersensitivity to Lamivudine or to any of the excipients.
Renal impairment: Lamivudine concentrations are increased in patients with moderate to severe renal impairment due to decreased clearance. The dose should therefore be adjusted.
Adults and adolescents over 12 years:
Hepatic Impairment: Data obtained in patients with moderate to severe hepatic impairment shows that Lamivudine pharmacokinetics are not significantly affected by hepatic dysfunction. Based on these data, no dose adjustment is necessary in patients with moderate or severe hepatic impairment unless accompanied by renal impairment.
Tablet: Store in a cool and dry place, protect from light and moisture.
Oral Solution: Store in a cool and dry place, protect from light.
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