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Active substance: Abacavir
Manufacturer: GlaxoSmithKline (UK)

Extract from the prescribing information:

"ZIAGEN 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 ZIAGEN. Patients should be advised that the use of ZIAGEN 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 include elevated liver function tests, increased creatine phosphokinase or creatinine, and lymphopenia.”

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

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