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Are there any risks in taking lamivudine?

The main risks of taking lamivudine involve damage to organs and other tissue. Lamivudine can cause disease in the pancreas and liver and neuropathy in the hands and feet. Sometimes, particularly when lamivudine is being taken to treat hepatitis B, liver damage can emerge even after the medication has been discontinued. Another major risk of lamivudine is the possibility of developing a new infection or a new and more resistant strain of the existing infection. These complications can be particularly serious in people who have both HIV/AIDS and hepatitis B, since these infections respond differently to different doses of the drug.

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