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About Abacavir

Abacavir is a combination that is used for the treatment of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection. This medication belongs to a class of anti HIV medicines that are called nucleoside analog reverse transcriptase inhibitors (NRTIs).



Your Prescribing Doctor Must Know

Tell your physician if you have experienced any of these conditions for Abacavir:
  • Tlingling or numbness in the hands or feet
  • Breastfeeding
  • Kidney or liver disease
  • An unusual or abnoramal reaction to Abacavir and other medicines, foods, dyes or preservatives
  • Pregnanr or recent attempts to get pregnant

If you are pregnant, breast feeding or currently trying to become pregnant, make sure your doctor is aware of your maternal condition; as Abacavir may not be recommended for certain situations.

Administering Abacavir

It is important that you leave regular intervals between every dose of medication. Doing so will help the efficiency of this drug. Every prescription comes with instructions on the reverse side of each bottle or packaging. It is important that you follow the written instructions carefully as not all of them are identical.

Abacavir tablets should be taken orally with a glass of water. Remember, when taking this or any prescription drug to always follow the label closely. Be sure to space your doses evenly and do not take more than directed.

Abacavir should only be taken as instructed by a professional physician. Be sure to remember not to stop taking this medicine without consulting your physician first about how to stop safely. If you are researching this medication for your child, keep in mind that children often have special dosage instructions. Ask your physician about these differences prior to starting this medication if this is the case.

What if I Miss a Dose of Abacavir

In the event that a dose of Abacavir was missed, take one as soon as you can. But if your next scheduled dose is near, wait until that next dose is due and just skip the one you’ve already missed.

Caution: You should NEVER take double or extra doses of Abacavir. Always ask your physician further about missed doses, as he may have special instructions.

Conflicting Medications

Always consult the doctor who prescribed Abacavir to you; as this is only a partial interacting medicines list:
  • Atovaquone
  • Probenecid
  • Alcohol
  • Fluconazole
  • Zalcitabine, ddC
  • Valproic acid
It is important that your physician knows if you are currently taking any medications along with Abacavir; as there may be conflicting interaction. Let your physician know if you:
  • Are a smoker
  • Use any other legal or illegal drugs or substances
  • Consume alcohol or caffeine on a regular basis

All of the activities listed above could affect the results you see from taking Abacavir.

Abacavir Common side effects

The following are side effects known to be common of Abacavir and they are experienced by users. These are common, side effects but if you feel uneasy or they persist do not hesitate to contact your physician.

  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Fatigue
  • Diarrhea
  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Loss of appetite

None of the above listed side effects require immediate medical attention. If you continue to experience these Common side effects for a few days, consult your prescribing physician for more advice. It is very important that you do not try to treat these symptoms on your own. Note: that elderly patients have a higher likelihood of experiencing side effects.

Abacavir Least Common side effects

The following side effects are rare and should not be taken lightly. If you experience any of these less common side effects from taking Abacavir consult your healthcare professional immediately. The following are less common side effects associated with Abacavir:

  • Fever, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, stomach pain, sore throat, shortness of breath, cough
  • Flu like symptoms
  • Skin rash
  • Muscle weakness
  • Signs of an infection (fever, chills or sore throat
  • Muscle aches
  • Swelling of the face, hands or legs
  • Unusual bleeding or bruising
  • Numbness or tingling
  • Wheezing

It is important that you contact your physician right away if you've experienced any of the Less Common side effects listed above.

Abacavir Precautions

You should receive physical checkups on a regular basis; especially while taking prescription medicines. This is an easy way to monitor your progress and ensure your physical health as well. Your body may build up a dependency on Abacavir and you may experience dizziness or drowsiness up to a few days after you stop taking this medication.

Patients are advised not to operate heavy machinery or automobiles until the full effect of Abacavir is known. Do not consume alcohol while taking Abacavir. Make sure your doctor is aware of upcoming surgeries you may have scheduled; or will be scheduling while taking this medication.

Contact your doctor for professional advice if you experience a cold, coughs or allergies. You should not try to treat yourself for such symptoms. Some ingredients found in other medications may have conflicting affects while taking Abacavir and may affect desired results. Abacavir cannot be given to any person without a prescription. Sharing Abacavir is against the law.

How To Store Abacavir

The following is general storage information for Abacavir:

  • It is important that you store Abacavir at temperatures between 59 and 86 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Make sure Abacavir is kept away from direct sunlight and moisture.
  • Be sure to store Abacavir out of reach of any pets or small children; in a small childproof container.
  • Dispose of any expired or unused Abacavir properly.


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Conditions of USE: The prescription drug information on this database is to be used for instructional purposes only; it is not intended to substitute for the knowledge of a healthcare professional. Please consult a physician before and while you are taking Abacavir. If you experience any other side effects while taking Abacavir please consult an experienced professional. This database does not contain all the information regarding Abacavir nor is it intended to cover all possible directions, side effects, and uses. If you need more information regarding Abacavir, contact your physician or any other healthcare provider.

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