Abacavir Tablets

Name: Abacavir Tablets

Uses of Abacavir Tablets

  • It is used to treat HIV infection.

What are some things I need to know or do while I take Abacavir Tablets?

For all patients taking this medicine (abacavir tablets):

  • Tell all of your health care providers that you take this medicine. This includes your doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and dentists.
  • Avoid driving and doing other tasks or actions that call for you to be alert until you see how this medicine (abacavir tablets) affects you.
  • This medicine may raise the chance of heart attack. Talk with the doctor.
  • Use care if you have risks for heart disease (high blood pressure, high cholesterol, overweight, high blood sugar or diabetes, cigarette smoking, man older than 40 years of age, other family members with early heart disease, woman after change of life). Talk with your doctor.
  • Have blood work checked as you have been told by the doctor. Talk with the doctor.
  • Read the warning card and carry it with you at all times. It tells the signs to watch for in case an allergy happens.
  • If this medicine is stopped because you have an allergy to it, do not restart it. It may not be safe to restart this medicine (abacavir tablets). Throw away any of this medicine that you have not taken. If you are not sure how to throw away unused drugs, check with your pharmacist.
  • If this medicine (abacavir tablets) is stopped for any other reason, do not restart it without talking to the doctor. It could be very risky to restart on your own.
  • Do not run out of this medicine.
  • Talk with your doctor before you drink alcohol.
  • This medicine is not a cure for HIV. Stay under the care of your doctor.
  • This medicine does not stop the spread of diseases like HIV or hepatitis that are passed through blood or having sex. Do not have any kind of sex without using a latex or polyurethane condom. Do not share needles or other things like toothbrushes or razors. Talk with your doctor.
  • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan on getting pregnant. You will need to talk about the benefits and risks of using this medicine (abacavir tablets) while you are pregnant.

Children:

  • If giving to your child, the dose of this medicine may need to be changed as your child's weight changes. Have your child's weight checked often. Talk with the doctor before changing your child's dose.

How is this medicine (Abacavir Tablets) best taken?

Use this medicine (abacavir tablets) as ordered by your doctor. Read all information given to you. Follow all instructions closely.

  • Take this medicine at the same time of day.
  • Take with or without food.
  • Keep taking this medicine (abacavir tablets) as you have been told by your doctor or other health care provider, even if you feel well.
  • It is important that you do not miss or skip a dose of this medicine during treatment.

What do I do if I miss a dose?

  • Take a missed dose as soon as you think about it.
  • If it is close to the time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your normal time.
  • Do not take 2 doses at the same time or extra doses.
  • If you are not sure what to do if you miss a dose, call your doctor.

What are some other side effects of Abacavir Tablets?

All drugs may cause side effects. However, many people have no side effects or only have minor side effects. Call your doctor or get medical help if any of these side effects or any other side effects bother you or do not go away:

  • Headache.
  • Upset stomach or throwing up.
  • Loose stools (diarrhea).
  • Not hungry.
  • Not able to sleep.
  • Bad dreams.
  • Dizziness.
  • Feeling tired or weak.

These are not all of the side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, call your doctor. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.

You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088. You may also report side effects at http://www.fda.gov/medwatch.

Consumer Information Use and Disclaimer

  • If your symptoms or health problems do not get better or if they become worse, call your doctor.
  • Do not share your drugs with others and do not take anyone else's drugs.
  • Keep a list of all your drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your doctor.
  • Talk with the doctor before starting any new drug, including prescription or OTC, natural products, or vitamins.
  • This medicine comes with an extra patient fact sheet called a Medication Guide. Read it with care. Read it again each time this medicine (abacavir tablets) is refilled. If you have any questions about this medicine, please talk with the doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.

Review Date: October 4, 2017

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