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Ziagen tablets 300mg 60 pack

Ziagen tablets 300mg 60 pack

£271.64

Availability: In stock

Manufacturer: GlaxoSmithKline UK

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Full instructions, dosage information and potential known side effects are all available in the leaflet that comes with the prescription product. If you require any advice or assistance with placing your order, please don’t hesitate to contact our team.

Ingredients

  • ABACAVIR 300mg

How do I take/use this medicine?

Take Abacavir exactly as directed by your doctor. Do not take more or less than instructed by your doctor.

You may take Abacavir with or without food. Try to take it at the same time each day.

If you have been given Abacavir tablets, swallow it whole with a glass of water.
If you have problems swallowing the tablet, you can crush it. Mix the crushed tablet with a small amount of food or drink. Swallow it immediately after mixing, do not leave it exposed to the air for too long. Ensure that you have taken all of the crushed tablet. Use additional food or drink to wash down any remainders of the crushed tablet, if necessary.

Let your doctor know if you have problems swallowing the tablet. He may be able to recommend an alternative, such as an oral solution (a liquid).

If you have been given Abacavir oral solution, use the dropper or measuring spoon provided to measure out your prescribed dose. Swallow the solution with some water.

Abacavir must be taken regularly for it to work well. Do not stop taking Abacavir unless instructed by your doctor. If Abacavir is stopped suddenly, your condition may get worse and become harder to treat.

If you have stopped taking Abacavir for a few days or have previously been told to stop Abacavir, DO NOT restart Abacavir without first consulting your doctor.

Abacavir is usually given together with other anti-HIV medicines. It is only one part of a HIV treatment programme and must be taken together with other anti-HIV medicines. Ensure that you take all your medicines exactly as directed by your doctor.

What should I take note of while using/taking this medicine?

Alert your doctor if you have any of these medical conditions:
- kidney or heart disease
- high blood pressure
- diabetes (especially if you are on insulin)
- high cholesterol levels
- problems with your weight

Let your doctor know if you smoke.

Alert your doctor if you are pregnant or planning to have a baby.

Alert your doctor if you are breastfeeding. It is best that you do not breastfeed as HIV passes into the breast milk. Avoid breastfeeding in order to reduce the risk of passing HIV to your baby.

Abacavir is not a cure for HIV or AIDS. It only helps to slow down the development of HIV infection.

Abacavir does not reduce your risk of passing the HIV infection to others through sexual contact or through contamination with infected blood. Ensure that you use proper precautions to avoid spreading the HIV infection to others.

Both Abacavir and HIV may weaken your immune system, leaving you more vulnerable to infections. Avoid crowded places and people who are sick to minimise the risk of catching an infection. While undergoing treatment, you may develop other infections or experience other health problems related to your HIV infection. Always keep your doctor updated on your condition and go for your appointed check-ups.

While being treated with Abacavir, you will need to have regular blood tests. These blood tests help your doctor to monitor your condition and also to check if your blood counts are normal. Your doctor will advise you about how often you will need to have these blood tests.

People who have a certain gene called HLA-B*5701 have a higher risk of developing serious allergic reactions with Abacavir. Your doctor may order a gene test before starting you on Abacavir to check if you have this gene. If you develop rashes and any of the below allergic symptoms while being treated with Abacavir, contact your doctor immediately:

- fever
- nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea or stomach pain
- severe tiredness, body aches or feeling unwell
- breathlessness, cough or sore throat
- eye inflammation or red eyes, mouth ulcers
- unusually low blood pressure, dizziness, fainting
- swelling of the mouth, tongue or face

These allergic reactions usually happen within the first 6 weeks of taking Abacavir but it can also happen at any time while you are being treated with Abacavir. If you develop any of these symptoms, be sure to alert your doctor immediately as you may need urgent medical attention.

If you are going for an operation, including minor operations and dental work, always inform your doctor, surgeon or dentist that you are taking Abacavir. Do not receive any vaccinations without first checking with your doctor.

When should I not use this medicine?

Alert your doctor if you are allergic to Abacavir or similar medicines.

Alert your doctor if you have liver disease.

Abacavir is not recommended for use in babies younger than 3 months.

Are there any restrictions on the type of food I can take?

Avoid alcohol.

Why do I need this medicine?

Abacavir is used together with other anti-viral medications to treat Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) infection. HIV infection can lead to Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS).

Abacavir is used to treat HIV infection in adults and children.

Abacavir is not a cure for HIV. It only helps to keep the virus in check and can help improve the quality of life. It does not prevent the spread of disease to other people.

What side effects could I experience?

Some common side effects of Abacavir include rashes, fever, headache, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, stomach pain, muscle ache, tiredness, mood changes, unusual dreams and problems sleeping.

Alert your doctor if these symptoms are severe or refuse to go away.

Abacavir may cause serious allergic reactions usually within the first 6 weeks of treatment, but it can also happen at any time while you are being treated with Abacavir. IF YOU DEVELOP RASHES AND ANY OF THE BELOW ALLERGIC SYMPTOMS, CONTACT YOUR DOCTOR IMMEDIATELY:

- fever
- nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea or stomach pain
- severe tiredness, body aches or feeling unwell
- breathlessness, cough or sore throat
- eye inflammation or red eyes, mouth ulcers
- unusually low blood pressure, dizziness, fainting
- swelling of the mouth, tongue or face

Other side effects are not common but may also be serious. You may need urgent medical attention. Alert your doctor immediately if you develop any of these side effects:

- lactic acidosis. Symptoms of lactic acidosis include nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, loss of appetite, generally feeling unwell, rapid breathing, and muscle weakness affecting your movements. Alert your doctor immediately if you develop symptoms of lactic acidosis.

- chest pain
- fits or seizures
- unusual tiredness, breathing problems, weakness, bluish lips or fast heartbeat (signs of anaemia)
- signs of an infection such as fever, chills, persistent cough, flu-like symptoms, breathlessness or sore throat (signs of neutropenia)
- white patches on your tongue or the inside of your mouth
- joint aches and pains
- joint stiffness and problems moving around
- muscle weakness or pain
- abdominal pain with yellowing of the skin and white of your eyes
- numbness, tingling and pain in the arms or legs
- fat accumulation around the neck, abdomen or chest

Alert your doctor if you experience any other side effects while being treated with Abacavir.

How should I store this medicine?

Store in a cool, dry place away from the reach of children.

Medicines must not be used past the expiry date.

If you have been given the Abacavir oral solution, keep it between 20 to 25°C. Do not freeze.

Throw it away 2 months after you first open it.

Can I take/use this with other medicines?

Inform your doctor if you are taking any of these medicines:

- other anti-viral medicines such as ribavirin, ganciclovir or valganciclovir
- other HIV medicines such as indinavir or ritonavir
- phenytoin (a medicine for fits)
- methadone (a pain killer)

Always inform your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any other medicines, including herbal tonics, supplements and medicines that you buy without a prescription.

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