What do abacavir tablets do?
ABACAVIR (Ziagen(R)) is an antiviral drug used for the treatment of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection in combination with other medication. Abacavir belongs to a class of anti-HIV medicines called nucleoside analog reverse transcriptase inhibitors (NRTIs). Abacavir may help delay the symptoms of advanced HIV infection. It will not cure or prevent HIV infection or AIDS. Generic Abacavir tablets are available.
What should my health care professional know before I take abacavir?
They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
• liver disease
• an unusual or allergic reaction to abacavir, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
• pregnancy or recent attempts to get pregnant
How should I take this medicine?
Take abacavir tablets by mouth. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Swallow tablets with a drink of water. Take your doses at regular intervals. Do not take your medicine more often than directed. Do not stop taking except on your prescriber's advice.
Contact your pediatrician or health care professional regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.
What if I miss a dose?
If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses.
What other medicines can interact with abacavir?
Tell your prescriber or health care professional about all other medicines you are taking, including nonprescription medicines, nutritional supplements, or herbal products. Also tell your prescriber or health care professional if you are a frequent user of drinks with caffeine or alcohol, if you smoke, or if you use illegal drugs. These may affect the way your medicine works. Check with your health care professional before stopping or starting any of your medicines.