Heptovir (Lamivudine) is used for the treatment of patients with chronic hepatitis B and evidence of hepatitis B virus (HBV) replication. Hepatitis B is a virus which causes damage to the liver. Treatment with Heptovir can reduce the amount of hepatitis B virus in your body by interfering with virus replication in infected cells and therefore may keep the liver disease under control. This may lead to a reduction in further liver damage and improvement of your liver function. Heptovir is a type of medicine known as an antiviral. It belongs to a group of medicines called nucleoside analogue reverse transcriptase inhibitors (NRTIs). Use Heptovir as instructed by your doctor. For effective treatment you will need to take Heptovir every day. Your doctor will be checking your response to treatment by taking regular blood samples. Heptovir is available as an oral solution so that your doctor can prescribe a lower dose for you if required. The active substance in Heptovir is lamivudine. Take your medicine as your doctor has advised you. The tablet should be swallowed whole with water. Heptovir can be taken with or without food. Your doctor may need to reduce your dose of Heptovir if you have kidney problems.
Canadian Pharmacy King currently offers the brand Heptovir from Canada manufactured by GSK. Heptovir tablet is available in the strength of 100 mg.
Heptovir Side Effects
The common side effects of Heptovir may include tiredness, respiratory tract infections, headache, stomach discomfort and pain, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea, cough, ear, nose, and throat infections, musculoskeletal pain, nasal signs and symptoms, dizziness, sleep disorders, temperature regulation disturbances, elevated liver enzymes, elevated enzymes produced in the muscles, rash, muscle disorders and hair loss.
Talk to your doctor right away if you have any of the serious side effects such as:
• A decrease in the number of cells involved in blood clotting;
• Blood problems and symptoms such as anemia;
• Low white blood cell count making you more prone to infections
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Please call your doctor if you have any further concerns or questions.
Heptovir should not be used if you have a known hypersensitivity to lamivudine or other medicinal ingredients of the drug.
Before you use Heptovir, talk to your doctor or pharmacist if you: had to stop taking this or another medication for this illness because you were allergic to them or they caused problems, had, or have any diseases of the kidney, or other liver problems, are pregnant or breast feeding, have diabetes or have any additional medical problems.
Tell your doctor about all your medicines, including vitamin supplements, herbal remedies or homeopathic remedies, including those you have bought yourself. Heptovir should not be taken with emtricitabine. Some medicines may affect how Heptovir works, or make it more likely that you’ll have side effects. These include medicines (usually liquids) containing sorbitol, used regularly, trimethoprim-sulphamethoxazole (an antibiotic used to treat Pneumocystis jiroveci pneumonia or toxoplasmosis), zidovudine
(used to treat HIV infection), alpha interferon (used to treat viral infections).
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