Abacavir Sulfate for HIV/AIDS
The prescription drug abacavir sulfate (Ziagen®) is used in combination with other medications for the treatment of HIV and AIDS. It comes in the form of tablets or an oral solution, and is typically taken once or twice a day. On occasion, a healthcare provider may also prescribe abacavir "off-label" to prevent HIV infection in people exposed to the virus, such as those who have been stuck by a contaminated needle.
This medication works by blocking the multiplication process of the HIV virus. It is currently approved for use in adults and children as young as three months old.
(For more details on using abacavir sulfate for HIV and AIDS, click What Is Abacavir Used For?. This article talks about using this drug as part of an HIV "cocktail" and explains why it is usually better for children to take the oral form.)