Giving Abacavir to People With Liver Disease and General Tips
The liver helps to remove abacavir from the body. Therefore, if you have liver disease, you will probably need a lower abacavir dosage. The recommended dose for people with mildly impaired liver function is abacavir 200 mg twice daily. Abacavir is not recommended for people with moderate to severe liver problems.
General Information on Dosing With AbacavirSome considerations for people taking abacavir include the following:
- Abacavir comes in the form of a tablet and an oral solution (liquid). It is usually taken by mouth once or twice a day.
- It does not matter if you take abacavir with or without food. If the medicine bothers your stomach, try taking it with food.
- Try to take abacavir at the same time(s) 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 for taking abacavir. Missing doses can increase the chance of the virus developing a resistance to abacavir (making it less effective).
- If you are unsure about anything related to your abacavir dosage, please talk to your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist.