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Abacavir/lamivudine is an HIV and AIDS medication that is available by prescription. The drug, which is typically used in combination with other HIV medications, can help stop the HIV virus from spreading to uninfected cells in the body. Abacavir/lamivudine comes in the form of a tablet that is usually taken once daily. Side effects that have been reported with abacavir/lamivudine include dizziness, headache, and insomnia.

What Is Abacavir/Lamivudine?

Abacavir/lamivudine (Epzicom™) is a prescription medication used to treat HIV and AIDS. It is approved for use in combination with other HIV medications as a treatment for HIV. Abacavir/lamivudine contains two different medications, abacavir (Ziagen®, ABC) and lamivudine (Epivir®, 3TC).
(Click What Is Abacavir/Lamivudine Used For? for more information on abacavir/lamivudine uses, including possible off-label uses.)

Abacavir/Lamivudine Side Effects

As with any medicine, side effects are possible with abacavir/lamivudine. However, not everyone who takes the drug will experience side effects. In fact, most people tolerate it quite well. If side effects do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or can easily be treated by you or your healthcare provider. Serious side effects are less common.
Common side effects of abacavir/lamivudine include, but are not limited to:
(Click Side Effects of Abacavir/Lamivudine to learn more, including potentially serious side effects that you should report immediately to your healthcare provider.)
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