Epzicom (Abacavir/Lamivudine) Medication

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Drug Description


Epzicom is a combination medication consisting of abacavir and lamivudine, used alongside other antiretroviral therapies to manage HIV infection. By reducing the viral load and boosting the immune system, Epzicom helps prevent HIV-related complications and improves the overall quality of life.  

It belongs to the class of nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors (NRTIs). It is important to note that Epzicom does not cure HIV infection, and strict adherence to the prescribed regimen of all HIV medications is necessary to reduce the risk of transmitting the virus to others. 

Uses and Dosage 

Epzicom is a composite pharmaceutical formulation employed in treating HIV, the viral agent responsible for developing acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS). 

Note that Epzicom does not possess curative properties for HIV or AIDS. 

The typical adult dosage of Epzicom for treating HIV infection is one tablet administered orally once a day. Epzicom is recommended for other antiretroviral agents, specifically for managing HIV-1 conditions. 

For nonoccupational exposure, the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggests the adult dosage of one tablet taken orally once a day. The duration of therapy for this indication is generally 28 days. 

Regarding occupational exposure, the recommendations provided by the US Public Health Service working group align with the usual adult dosage of one tablet taken orally once daily.  

The duration of therapy for this type of exposure is also 28 days, assuming it is well-tolerated. 

Regarding pediatric use for HIV infection, when the child’s body weight is at least 25 kg, the typical dose of Epzicom is one tablet administered orally once a day. 

Side Effects 

Common Side Effects

The occurrence of specific side effects is possible when using this medication, such as:  

  • Headache 
  • Nausea 
  • Diarrhea 
  • Dizziness 
  • Tiredness 
  • Trouble sleeping  

If these effects persist or worsen, promptly inform your doctor or pharmacist. 

Severe Side Effects

However, if you experience severe side effects, notify your doctor immediately. Examples of such severe side effects include:  

  • Mental or mood changes, such as:  
    • Depression  
    • Anxiety 
  • Easy bruising or bleeding 
  • Signs of anemia, such as:  
    • Unusual tiredness 
    • Rapid breathing 
    • Pale skin 
    • Rapid heartbeat 


Before initiating treatment with abacavir/lamivudine, inform your doctor or pharmacist about any known allergies to either of these drugs or any other allergies you may have. This is necessary because the product may contain inactive ingredients that can trigger allergic reactions or other complications. Consult your pharmacist for additional information regarding the inactive ingredients present in the product. 

Furthermore, disclose your medical history, particularly if you have a history of:  

  • Kidney problems 
  • Liver problems (such as hepatitis B or C or cirrhosis) 
  • Pancreas-related conditions (pancreatitis) 
  • Alcohol consumption  

Abacavir usage may increase the risk of experiencing a heart attack. Therefore, discuss with your doctor the risks and benefits associated with the treatment and strategies to minimize your risk of developing heart disease. Be sure to inform your doctor if you have any existing heart problems, are a smoker, or have other conditions that elevate your risk of heart diseases, such as:  

  • High blood pressure 
  • Diabetes 
  • High cholesterol levels 

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