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Facts about Antiretroviral Drugs

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Active substances: Abacavir+ Lamivudine
Manufacturer: GlaxoSmithKline (UK)

Extract from the prescribing information:

"EPZICOM is not a cure for HIV infection and patients may continue to experience illnesses associated with HIV infection, including opportunistic infections. Patients should remain under the care of a physician when using EPZICOM. Advise patients that the use of EPZICOM has not been shown to reduce the risk of transmission of HIV to others through sexual contact or blood contamination."

Known side effects: more immune deficiency

“Laboratory abnormalities associated with hypersensitivity to abacavir in some patients include elevated liver function tests, elevated creatine phosphokinase, elevated creatinine, and lymphopenia.”

Lymphopenia = Decrease of neutrophils, a subtype of white blood cells

The above has been extracted from the Epzicom prescribing information on the GlaxoSmithKline webpages.