What should I know about Epivir before taking it?

There are several medications that may interact with Epivir (lamivudine), such as interferon alfa and ribavirin. Additionally, Epivir may make you dizzy. You should be careful when driving or operating machinery. You also should be aware of possible food, alcohol or tobacco interactions with this medication. If you experience certain health issues, you may not be able to take Epivir. These health problems include: HIV and hepatitis B combined; diabetes; hepatitis C; pancreatic inflammation; nerve problems; liver disease; kidney disease; obesity; and a previous organ transplant. Epivir has been known to cause life-threatening complications, such as lactic acidosis and liver or pancreas problems, even after you stop taking the drug. Studies have not been conducted to determine the effectiveness of Epivir in senior adults or if it is passed through breast milk. It has been found to have serious effects on women who are pregnant.

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