Drug: abacavir

The most common side effects are:
  • nausea,
  • vomiting,
  • headache,
  • fatigue,
  • allergic reactions,
  • diarrhea,
  • loss of appetite,
  • difficulty sleeping,
  • muscle pain,
  • increased triglyceride levels,
  • rash,
  • anxiety,
  • depression, and
  • fever.
The most serious side effects are severe allergic reactions, pancreatitis, liver failure, and metabolic disturbance (lactic acidosis). Symptoms of an allergic reaction include skin rash, fever, weakness, swelling and difficulty breathing. Abacavir must be stopped as soon an allergic reaction is suspected, and it should not be restarted after an allergic reaction.

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Yes

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Tablets: 300 mg; oral solution: 20 mg/ml

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Capsules and solution should be stored at room temperature, 15C to 30 C (59 F to 86F). The oral solution may be refrigerated but should not be frozen.

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The recommended dose for adults is 300 mg twice daily or 600 mg once daily. Children (3 months and older) should receive 8 mg/kg twice daily of the solution, and the maximum recommended dose is 300 mg twice daily. Pediatric patients weighing 14 kg or more may also be treated with abacavir tablets at doses of 300, 450, or 600 mg daily based on weight. Abacavir may be administered with or without food since food does not affect its absorption.

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Use of abacavir during pregnancy has not been adequately evaluated.

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It is not known whether abacavir is excreted in breast milk. HIV infected mothers should not breast feed because of the potential risk of transmitting HIV to an infant that is not infected. Medically reviewed by Eni Williams, PharmDReference: FDA Prescribing Information

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