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What should I tell my doctor before taking lamivudine?

Before taking lamivudine (Epivir), a treatment for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), tell your doctor:
  • if you are allergic to lamivudine or any other medication
  • about any prescription and over-the-counter medications you take, especially trimethoprim/sulfamethoxazole, including vitamins and supplements
  • if you've been diagnosed with hepatitis B
  • if you have kidney disease
  • if you're pregnant, planning to become pregnant or are breastfeeding
If your child has been prescribed lamivudine, make sure the doctor knows if he has pancreas disease.

Note that this medication is not the same thing as Epivir-HBV, which contains a lower dose of lamivudine and treats hepatitis B, a serious liver infection.

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