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What are the side effects of lamivudine?

Lamivudine has many possible side effects. A primary side effect is lactic acidosis, a slowly growing excess of lactic acid. Symptoms of lactic acidosis include: pain, weakness or numbness in the muscles, breathing problems, nausea, and a fast or arrhythmic heartbeat. Lamivudine can cause damage to the pancreas or liver, which can produce abdominal pain and nausea, discolored excrement, low fever, diminished appetite and jaundice. Other side effects include: neuropathy in the hands and feet, bruises and excessive bleeding, weakness, pale skin, sores on the mouth and lips, fever and associated symptoms and new infections. Minor side effects include: coughing, nausea, joint and muscle pain, dizziness, changes in body fat, insomnia and strange dreams. If you have an allergic reaction, which can produce hives, problems breathing and swelling of the face, lips, tongue or throat, seek emergency medical help or call 911.

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