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Abacavir Oral Solution 20 mg/mL

Uses

For HIV.

Instructions

Drink the medicine.

Measure the dose of liquid medicine carefully. Use the measuring device that come with the medicine. If you do not have one, please ask your pharmacist for help.

This medicine may be taken with or without food.

Ask your doctor if any of your medicines need to be taken at the same time.

It is very important that you take the medicine at about the same time every day. It will work best if you do this.

Store at room temperature or in the refrigerator. Do not freeze.

This medicine does not stop the spread of viruses that are passed through the blood or during sex.

Always use condoms during sex.

Do not share needles or other personal objects such as shavers or toothbrushes.

It is important that you keep taking each dose of this medicine on time even if you are feeling well.

If you forget to take a dose on time, take it as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for the next dose, do not take the missed dose. Return to your normal dosing schedule. Do not take 2 doses of this medicine at one time.

Please tell your doctor and pharmacist about all the medicines you take. Include both prescription and over-the-counter medicines. Also tell them about any vitamins, herbal medicines, or anything else you take for your health.

Do not suddenly stop taking this medicine. Check with your doctor before stopping.

Use effective birth control to avoid pregnancy.

It is very important that you follow your doctor's instructions for all blood tests.

Cautions

Tell your doctor and pharmacist if you ever had an allergic reaction to a medicine. Symptoms of an allergic reaction can include trouble breathing, skin rash, itching, swelling, or severe dizziness.

Some patients taking this medicine have experienced serious side effects. Please speak with your doctor to understand the risks and benefits associated with this medicine.

Do not use the medication any more than instructed.

Do not drink beverages with alcohol while on this medicine.

Contact your doctor if you develop any signs of a new infection such as fever, cough, sore throat, or chills.

Tell the doctor or pharmacist if you are pregnant, planning to be pregnant, or breastfeeding.

Ask your pharmacist if this medicine can interact with any of your other medicines. Be sure to tell them about all the medicines you take.

Please tell all your doctors and dentists that you are on this medicine before they provide care.

Do not start or stop any other medicines without first speaking to your doctor or pharmacist.

Do not share this medicine with anyone who has not been prescribed this medicine.

This medicine can cause serious side effects in some patients. Important information from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is available from your pharmacist. Please review it carefully with your pharmacist to understand the risks associated with this medicine.

Always refill this medicine before it runs out.

Side Effects

The following is a list of some common side effects from this medicine. Please speak with your doctor about what you should do if you experience these or other side effects.

  • agitated feeling or trouble sleeping
  • diarrhea
  • dizziness
  • bad dreams
  • lack of energy and tiredness
  • headaches
  • loss of interest or pleasure
  • liver problems
  • stuffy nose
  • nausea
  • stomach upset or abdominal pain
  • vomiting

Call your doctor or get medical help right away if you notice any of these more serious side effects:

  • feeling cold or numb, especially in arms and legs
  • fever or chills
  • flu-like symptoms
  • swelling in the neck or throat
  • fast or irregular heart beats
  • symptoms of liver damage (such as yellowing of skin or eyes, dark urine, unusual tiredness or weakness; severe stomach or back pain)
  • mouth sores or irritation
  • muscle pain
  • muscle trembling
  • muscle weakness
  • feeling of numbness or tingling in your hands and feet
  • skin irritation such as redness, itching, rash, or burning
  • shortness of breath
  • slurred speech
  • light colored stool
  • difficulty swallowing
  • severe or persistent vomiting

A few people may have an allergic reactions to this medicine. Symptoms can include difficulty breathing, skin rash, itching, swelling, or severe dizziness. If you notice any of these symptoms, seek medical help quickly.

Extra

Please speak with your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist if you have any questions about this medicine.

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IMPORTANT NOTE: This document tells you briefly how to take your medicine, but it does not tell you all there is to know about it.Your doctor or pharmacist may give you other documents about your medicine. Please talk to them if you have any questions.Always follow their advice. There is a more complete description of this medicine available in English.Scan this code on your smartphone or tablet or use the web address below. You can also ask your pharmacist for a printout. If you have any questions, please ask your pharmacist.

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