Know More About Kivexa (Epzicom)
Kivexa is an HIV medication composed of Abacavir and Lamivudine. It essentially aids people who suffer from the hostile effects of the virus. It is also available under the brand names Epzicom, Abamune L, and A-BecL.
Uses of Kivexa
Kivexa is a mixture of Abacavir and Lamivudine. Both of these medicines are part of a drug classification known as nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors (NRTIs). These medicines function by blocking the viruses’ ability to multiply within the body. It also works by lessening the viral load.
Kivexa Warnings and Precautions
Hypersensitivity to Kivexa can be fatal. Avoid taking this medicine if you are allergic to it, most especially to its composition. Should you experience the following adverse reactions, report your condition to your healthcare professional immediately.
- Gastrointestinal pain
- Severe pain in the abdomen
- Respiratory problem
Before receiving your Kivexa prescription, your healthcare professional will examine your weight and medical history. When your prescription is already available, you will receive the following dosage:
- For adult use, only take 1 tablet of Kivexa per day.
- For pediatrics use, 1 table of Kivexa is recommended for children weighing 25 kilograms.
Note: Always remember that the dosage for children will depend on their weight. Furthermore, should you have a history of liver disease and kidney problems, disclose it to your healthcare professional.
Kivexa Side Effects
Common Side Effects:
- Mild headache
- Trouble sleeping
Severe Side Effects:
- extreme weakness
- irregular heartbeat
- skin blisters
- jaundice (yellowing of the eyes and skin)
- unusual bruising
- abdominal pain
- pain in the joints
- difficulty breathing