Q: Is there anything else I need to know before taking Lamivudine?
For treatment of HIV, Lamivudine is available in tablet and syrup forms that can be taken by mouth
The syrup can be used in children above three months of age and in adults who are not comfortable taking the tablet. Patients can also switch between the syrup and the tablet, based on convenience
In Hepatitis B, treatment with Lamivudine can be given alone in liver disease where the liver is damaged but still functioning (a condition called compensated liver disease), only when first-line medicines cannot be used...
In case of severe liver damage where the liver has stopped operating (decompensated liver disease), Lamivudine must be used in combination with another medicine
Do not have unprotected sex when you have HIV/ AIDS or Hepatitis B
Q: Is HIV treatment safe?
HIV treatment can cause an increase in cholesterol and glucose levels in blood. Regular tests are required to monitor this
HIV/ AIDS will cause a lot of symptoms, which are similar to the side effects caused due to the medicines used in the treatment. It is not easy to distinguish, and you are advised to inform your doctor of any symptoms that are making you uncomfortable...
HIV/ AIDS weakens your immune system. When you start the treatment, control of the virus may cause your immune system to recover, leading to overreaction in some cases, which can be serious
Inform your doctor if you start feeling weak, pounding heartbeats (palpitations) or tremors
HIV treatment can also damage your bones, creating a condition called osteonecrosis causing permanent damage to bones and severe, disabling joint pains. Inform your doctor promptly if you experience any aches or stiffness of joints....
Q: Does Lamivudine cure HIV or Hepatitis B?
Though 1-2 out of 100 cases of Hepatitis B infection can be cured, there is no definite cure for Hepatitis B or HIV/ AIDS
But, it is not a cause to worry anymore. With the currently available medicines, both the infections can be kept under control for a very long time, and the patient can lead a normal life like others, provided he or she takes medicines every day...