What is an Abamune-L- 30 Tablet?
Abamune L is a combination of drugs called Abacavir and Lamivudine. It belongs to the group of medicines called Antiviral agents. It is used to treat HIV-positive individuals. It is used along with other HIV medications to control HIV infection. Its function is to decrease the amount of HIV in your body and helps in reducing complications like chances of infection. It increases the quality of life. It is also used in the treatment of Hepatitis B virus infection.
What are Abacavir and Lamivudine drugs used for?
This product contains 2 drugs: abacavir and lamivudine. It is used with other HIV medications to help control HIV infection. It helps to decrease the amount of HIV in your body so your immune system can work better. This medicine lowers the chances of getting HIV complications ( such as new infections, and cancer ) and improves the quality of life. Abacavir and lamivudine both belong to a class of drugs known as nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors.
Abacavir and lamivudine are not a cure for HIV infection. To decrease the risk of spreading HIV disease to others, continue to take all HIV medications as prescribed by your doctor. Use an effective barrier method during sexual activity as directed by your doctor. Do not share personal items ( such as needles/syringes, toothbrushes, and razors) that may contact blood or other body fluids. Consult with your doctor.
What is HIV?
HIV stands for human immunodeficiency virus. It harms your immune system by destroying a type of white blood cell that helps your body to fight infection. This puts you at risk of serious infections and certain cancers.
- How does HIV spread?
HIV spread in different ways:
- Through unprotected sex with a person with HIV. This is the most common way that it spreads.
- By sharing drug needles
- Through contact with the blood of a person with HIV
- From mother to baby during pregnancy, childbirth, or breastfeeding.
- What are the signs and symptoms of HIV?
The first signs of HIV infection may be flu-like symptoms:
- Night sweats
- Muscle aches
- Sore throat
- Swollen nodes
- Mouth ulcers
What is Hepatitis B?
Hepatitis B is a liver infection caused by the hepatitis virus. Some people with hepatitis B are sick for only a few weeks. It is known as acute infection. But others, the disease progresses to a serious, lifelong illness known as chronic hepatitis B.
- What is acute hepatitis B?
Acute hepatitis B is a short-term illness that occurs within the first 6 months after someone is exposed to the hepatitis B virus. Some people with acute hepatitis B have no symptoms at all or only mild illness.
- What is chronic hepatitis B?
Acute hepatitis B leads to a lifelong infection known as chronic hepatitis B can cause serious health problems, including liver damage, cirrhosis, liver cancer, and even death.
- How is hepatitis B spread?
People can become infected with the virus from:
- Birth (spread from mother to her baby during birth)
- Sex with a partner who has hepatitis B
- Sharing items such as toothbrushes, razors, or medical equipment with a person with hepatitis B
- Direct contact with blood or open sores
- Through needles or other sharp instruments.
- What are the signs and symptoms of the Hepatitis B virus?
Some symptoms may include:
- Light colored poop
- Stomach trouble
- Loss of appetite
- Belly pain
- Joint pain
Before taking medicine consult your doctor. The dose and duration will be decided by the necessity and need of the patient. It depends on the treatment and may change from time to time. You should take medicine as per your doctor’s advice. This medicine is strictly not recommended for children, pregnant women, and breastfeeding mothers. It takes some weeks and months to get a better result. Do not stop taking medicine before your doctor’s advice.
The common side effects of this medicine include difficulty in sleeping, feeling depressed, nausea, vomiting, headache, tiredness, dizziness, and hair loss. If these side effects become serious, you should consult with your doctor. Your doctor can prevent and get relief from the side effects.
Benefits of Abamune L Tablets
- In the treatment of HIV
This is an antiviral medicine used for the treatment of HIV ( human immunodeficiency virus) infection. This medicine works to prevent the virus from multiplying. It will not cure HIV infection but it will delay the progression of a chronic life-threatening condition known as AIDS.
- In the treatment of Hepatitis B
Abamune L is an antiviral medication. It prevents the multiplication of viruses in human cells. This stops the virus from producing new viruses and clears up your infection.
Side effects of Abamune L Tablets
There are Some major and minor side effects of this medicine. But not all side effects need doctor attention. If you observe any side effects become serious, You may consult your doctor.
Some of the common side effects of this medicine include
- Abdominal pain
- Ear infections
- Nasal infection
- Throat infection
- Sore throat
- Skin rash
- Muscle pain
How is the Abamune L Tablet taken?
Always take this medicine as per your doctor’s consultation. Take it with or without food by mouth every morning. The dose and duration will decide by your doctor. You are not allowed to crush, chew or break the medicine. Swallow it as a whole. Drink plenty of water. Do not miss the dose. If you miss a dose skip the missed dose and follow your schedule regularly on the next day. Do not double the dose. Take medicine every day on time as prescribed by your doctor. Many other medicines can affect this medicine so let your doctor know all medication you are using during the treatment.
How does the Abamune L Tablet work?
This medicine acts both as an antiviral agent and as a nucleoside analog. It controls the multiplication of viral cells within the body. It blocks the action of certain viral enzymes of HIV that are required for the viral cell to grow and multiply. It can improve immunity in the affected persons by increasing the number of certain types of white blood cells in the body which are required to fight against various infections.