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What Is Abacavir/Lamivudine Used For?

Abacavir/lamivudine is used for the treatment of HIV and AIDS in adults. While the medication is not a cure for HIV or AIDS, it can help stop HIV from infecting uninfected cells in the body. Off-label abacavir/lamivudine uses may also include the prevention of HIV in people exposed to the HIV virus (such as healthcare workers who come in contact with a contaminated needle stick).

An Overview of Abacavir/Lamivudine Uses

Abacavir/lamivudine (Epzicom™) is a prescription medication used to treat HIV and AIDS. It contains two different medications, both of which belong to a group of medications known as nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors (NRTIs).
Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) was first reported in the United States in 1981 and has since become a significant worldwide epidemic. AIDS is caused by the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). Initially, an HIV infection usually does not cause any obvious symptoms (see HIV Symptoms). However, by killing or damaging cells of the body's immune system, HIV will eventually begin to progressively destroy the body's ability to fight infections and certain cancers (see AIDS Symptoms).
HIV is commonly spread through sexual contact with an infected partner. HIV transmission also happens through contact with infected blood, which frequently occurs among IV drug users (who share needles or syringes contaminated with blood from someone infected with the virus). Women with HIV can transmit the virus to their babies during pregnancy, birth, or breastfeeding.
Even though abacavir/lamivudine contains two different HIV medications, it is not intended to be used alone. Instead, it is used as part of an HIV "cocktail." These cocktails consist of three or four different HIV medications (technically known as highly active antiretroviral therapy or HAART). Using combinations of medications helps to prevent the virus from becoming resistant to one or more of the drugs.

Abacavir/Lamivudine for HIV/AIDS

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