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How do lamivudine, nevirapine and zidovudine work together to treat HIV?

Lamivudine (Epivir), nevirapine (Viramune) and zidovudine (Retrovir) work together to treat human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) by reducing the amount of virus in the blood. When treating HIV infection, certain medications can be combined for greater effectiveness.

All three drugs are nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors (NRTIs). They work by stopping the spread of HIV, which damages and kills immune system cells and can lead to acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS). Lamivudine, nevirapine and zidovudine can treat HIV but cannot prevent or cure it.

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