Generic Epivir (Lamivudine 150 mg) guide:
What is Generic Epivir? Is there a difference between the branded drug and generic?
The preparation you know as Epivir is internationally recognized as Lamivudine. Lamivudine is the name of the active agent of this antiviral medication used for the therapy of HIV and hepatitis B.
Generic Epivir is a term used when a patient needs Lamivudine and his or her doctor prescribes Epivir but the patient wants to get the medication cheaper and looks for its cheaper generic. The pharmacists in the countries where the brand Epivir is sold know exactly what you want. In other countries, this particular brand can be unknown so the safe option would be to ask for Lamivudine or Generic Lamivudine. However, if you opt for an online pharmacy that operates internationally, like our online drugstore, you can easily find and buy Generic Epivir without even knowing the name of the active substance.
Generic Epivir is not a registered name. It is a term used when you don’t know alternative names of the medication. You should know that generics of the branded medications are absolutely the same – they have the same composition and effect and are made using the same formula. All of them have their own registered trade names but different name and the cheaper price doesn’t mean that these preparations are inferior. Why are they cheaper then? The reason for their lower prices is the lack of research investment as the manufacturers use already created and tested formulas. Furthermore, they either get the right to manufacture their preparations either for free when the patent of the drug developer expires or buy the license cheap. Generic drug makers also prefer to locate their factories in the countries with cheaper production costs. And the reason you don’t know the names of their preparations is that they usually choose smaller markets that the branded medicines and do not advertise or promote their medications. Therefore, they are able not to compromise the quality of the medications and set lower prices. Although not all generics are the same – some manufacturers indeed are using cheaper ingredients and their medications can cause more side effects than the other versions of the drug. That is why it is important to buy Lamivudine from a reliable seller like Rxshop that guarantees the quality of sold medications and offers refunds if the customer is unsatisfied.
When should you purchase the medication?
Although we sell all medications you can find information about at the pages of our online drugstore without prescriptions, we strongly insist that you consult a specialist and clarify whether Lamivudine is what you need and how you need to take the medication before you buy Epivir. The thing is that it is a potent antiviral agent that is used mainly in the therapy of HIV and especially HIV accompanied by the hepatitis B. It can be sometimes used for the therapy of hepatitis B separately but in the majority of cases, to enhance the effect of the medication and avoid virus resistance development, it is used as a part of combination therapy, i.e. with other preparations at the same time. Besides, you must check with your doctor whether you have or do not have contraindications for the medication use.
For whom the medication is contraindicated?
You should not buy Generic Lamivudine if you have ever used the medication and suffered from severe side effects as it means that you are intolerant of its components. The preparation is also not advised for women who expect a baby or breastfeed and children younger than 3 months of age but it still can be used if your doctor believes that the benefits of the therapy will outweigh the risks.
If you have the following conditions and start experiencing any adverse reactions, you must stop the therapy and consult your doctor because in these conditions the use of the medication can be dangerous: renal or liver insufficiency or failure, pancreatitis, or peripheral neuropathy.
How to use the medication during the therapy?
In this medication guide, we provide general instructions applicable for people for whom the medicine is not contraindicated. However, you should note that Lamivudine is commonly used with other medicines to treat the same condition so you must consult your doctor instead of simply buying the drug and start taking it when you find out your diagnosis.
The tablets can be taken with or without food.
Children with the body mass more over 30 kg should take the same dosages as adults – 300 mg a day in single or divided intakes.
Children with the body weight lower than 30 kg and older than 3 months of age are given 4 mg per kilogram of the body weight. The daily dosage for children is divided into two equal intakes. The daily dose must not exceed 300 mg.
Special dosages for people with impaired renal function
Children with the body mass over 30 kg and adults are recommended to take the following dosages:
– In creatinine clearance below 50 ml per minute but over 30 ml per minute, the daily dosage is 150 mg one time per day.
– In creatinine clearance below 30 ml but above 15 ml per minute, the dosage in the first day is 150 mg, in the following days 100 mg are taken one time per day.
– In creatinine clearance below 15 ml but above 5 ml per minute, the dosage in the first day is 150 mg, in the following days 50 mg are taken one time per day.
– In creatinine clearance below 5 ml per minute, the dosage in the first day is 50 mg, in the following days 25 mg are taken one time per day.
Children with the body weight lower than 30 kg and older than 3 months are advised to be given the following dosages:
– In creatinine clearance below 50 ml per minute but over 30 ml per minute, the daily dosage is 4 mg per kilogram of the body weight given one time per day.
– In creatinine clearance below 30 ml but above 15 ml per minute, the dosage in the first day is 4 mg per kilogram of the body weight, in the following days 2.6 mg per kilogram of the body weight are given one time per day.
– In creatinine clearance below 15 ml but above 5 ml per minute, the dosage in the first day is 4 mg per kilogram of the body weight, in the following days 1.3 mg per kilogram of the body weight are given one time per day.
– In creatinine clearance below 5 ml per minute, the dosage in the first day is 1.3 mg per kilogram of the body weight, in the following days of 0.7 mg per kilogram of the body weight are given one time per day.
Adverse reactions that can occur during the treatment
Before you order Epivir, you must be prepared that the preparation can cause certain adverse reactions. It doesn’t mean that you will necessarily suffer from them but in some of the symptoms, the use of the medication must be stopped. The typical symptoms are a headache, dizziness, fatigue, insomnia, cough, flu-like syndrome, lack of appetite, nausea, vomiting, stomach ache, diarrhea, muscle pain, fever, sweating, baldness, allergic skin rash, swelling, and others. What should you do if the symptoms occur? First of all, you should inform, your doctor so he or she would be able to decide whether you can continue the therapy or will need the drug replacement.
You must be especially attentive to the symptoms from the digestive tract part as one of the life-threatening side effects of the preparation is necrotic pancreatitis. If you notice any symptoms of indigestion, heartburn, nausea, diarrhea, abdomen pains, inform your doctor immediately.
Can the medication be combined with other drugs?
It is important to inform your doctor about all medications that you take or plan to take during the therapy before you order Generic Epivir as some of them may be incompatible with the medication although there are no official data on the dangerous combinations.
Overdose signs and therapy
The overdose with the drug is mainly dangerous because of the increased probability of adverse reactions occurrence and especially necrotic pancreatitis which can lead to death. The symptoms of an overdose are similar to the standard adverse reactions listed above. If you realized that you overdosed and started suffering from the symptoms, vomit, take activated carbon, and if these do not work, seek medical assistance.
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