Taking Abacavir/Lamivudine Safely
- Abacavir/lamivudine comes in tablet form. It is usually taken by mouth just once a day.
- It does not matter if you take abacavir/lamivudine with or without food. If the medicine bothers your stomach, try taking it with food.
- Try to take abacavir/lamivudine at the same time every day to maintain an even level of the medication in your blood.
- For the medication to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed. It is very important that you closely follow your healthcare provider's instructions about taking abacavir/lamivudine. Missing doses can increase the chance of the virus developing resistance to abacavir/lamivudine (making it less effective).
There is only one standard dose of abacavir/lamivudine, regardless of your age or weight. However, abacavir/lamivudine is not usually recommended for people with liver disease or kidney disease, since the dosages of the individual components cannot be adjusted separately. For these people, it is usually recommended that the two medications in abacavir/lamivudine be taken separately, so that the appropriate dosages can be achieved.
As always, do not adjust your dose unless your healthcare provider specifically instructs you to do so.
(Click Abacavir/Lamivudine Dosing for more information.)
Abacavir/lamivudine can act with a number of other medications (see Drug Interactions With Abacavir/Lamivudine).