What is Abacavir-Dolutegravir-Lamivudine used for?
This product contains 3 drugs: abacavir, dolutegravir, and lamivudine. It is used to help control HIV infection. It helps to decrease the amount of HIV in your body so your immune system can work better. This lowers your chance of getting HIV complications (such as new infections, cancer) and improves your quality of life. Abacavir and lamivudine belong to a class of drugs known as nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors (NRTIs). Dolutegravir belongs to a class of drugs known as integrase inhibitors.
This medication is not a cure for HIV infection.
How should I take Abacavir-Dolutegravir-Lamivudine?
Take this medication by mouth with or without food as directed by your doctor, usually once daily. If you are taking certain other medications, your doctor may direct you to take additional dolutegravir. Carefully follow your doctor’s directions.
Take this medication at least 2 hours before or 6 hours after taking sucralfate and products containing aluminum or magnesium (such as antacids, laxatives, buffered medications). These products bind with dolutegravir, decreasing its effectiveness.
If you are also taking calcium or iron supplements (including vitamins/minerals that contain calcium or iron), take this medication at least 2 hours before or 6 hours after these products. Or if you take this medication with food, you can take the supplements at the same time.
If you stop taking any medication containing abacavir even for a short time and then restart the drug, you have an increased chance of developing a very serious (possibly fatal) allergic reaction. Refill your medication before you run out. Do not stop treatment unless directed by your doctor. Before restarting any medication containing abacavir, consult your doctor or pharmacist, and be sure you have easy access to medical care.
It is very important to continue taking this medication exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Do not skip any doses.
For the best effect, take this medication at evenly spaced times. To help you remember, take this medication at the same time every day.
Do not take more or less of this drug than prescribed or stop taking it even for a short time unless directed to do so by your doctor. Doing so may cause the amount of virus to increase, make the infection more difficult to treat (resistant), or worsen side effects.
How do I store Abacavir-Dolutegravir-Lamivudine?
Abacavir-Dolutegravir-Lamivudine is best stored at room temperature away from direct light and moisture. Keep the tablets in their original container, along with the packet or canister of moisture-absorbing preservative. To prevent drug damage, you should not store Abacavir-Dolutegravir-Lamivudine in the bathroom or the freezer. There may be different brands of Abacavir-Dolutegravir-Lamivudine that may have different storage needs. It is important to always check the product package for instructions on storage, or ask your pharmacist. For safety, you should keep all medicines away from children and pets.
You should not flush Abacavir-Dolutegravir-Lamivudine down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. It is important to properly discard this product when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist for more details about how to safely discard your product.
Precautions & warnings
What should I know before using Abacavir-Dolutegravir-Lamivudine?
Before taking this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to abacavir, dolutegravir, or lamivudine; or if you have any other allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details.
Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: kidney problems, liver problems (such as hepatitis B or C, cirrhosis), disease of the pancreas (pancreatitis), alcohol use.
Abacavir may increase your risk of a heart attack. Discuss the risks and benefits of treatment with your doctor and ways to lower your risk of heart disease. Tell your doctor if you have heart problems, if you smoke, or if you have other conditions that increase your risk of heart disease, such as high blood pressure, diabetes, or high cholesterol levels.
Before having surgery, tell your doctor or dentist about all the products you use (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and herbal products).
Before using this medication, women of childbearing age should talk with their doctor(s) about the risks and benefits. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or if you plan to become pregnant. Your doctor should direct you to get a pregnancy test before starting this medication. You should not become pregnant while using this product. Dolutegravir may harm an unborn baby, especially during the first few months of pregnancy. Ask about reliable forms of birth control while using this medication.
It is unknown if dolutegravir passes into breast milk. Abacavir and lamivudine pass into breast milk. Because breast milk can transmit HIV, do not breast-feed.
Is it safe during pregnancy or breast-feeding?
There are no adequate studies in women for determining risk when using this Abacavir-Dolutegravir-Lamivudine during pregnancy or while breastfeeding. Please always consult with your doctor to weigh the potential benefits and risks before taking Abacavir-Dolutegravir-Lamivudine. Abacavir-Dolutegravir-Lamivudine is pregnancy risk category N according to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
FDA pregnancy risk category reference below:
- A=No risk,
- B=No risk in some studies,
- C=There may be some risk,
- D=Positive evidence of risk,
What side effects can occur from Abacavir-Dolutegravir-Lamivudine?
As your immune system gets stronger, it can begin to fight off infections you already had, possibly causing disease symptoms to come back. You could also have symptoms if your immune system becomes overactive. This reaction may happen at any time (soon after starting HIV treatment or many months later). Get medical help right away if you have any serious symptoms, including: unexplained weight loss, severe tiredness, muscle aches/weakness that doesn’t go away, headaches that are severe or don’t go away, joint pain, numbness/tingling of the hands/feet/arms/legs, vision changes, signs of infection (such as fever, chills, swollen lymph nodes, trouble breathing, cough, non-healing skin sores), signs of an overactive thyroid (such as irritability, nervousness, heat intolerance, fast/pounding/irregular heartbeat, bulging eyes, unusual growth in the neck/thyroid known as a goiter), signs of a certain nerve problem known as Guillain-Barre syndrome (such as trouble breathing/swallowing/moving your eyes, drooping face, paralysis, trouble speaking).
Tell your doctor right away if you have any serious side effects, including: mental/mood changes (such as depression, anxiety), easy bruising/bleeding, signs of anemia (such as unusual tiredness, fast breathing, pale skin, fast heartbeat), signs of kidney problems (such as change in the amount of urine).
Get medical help right away if you have any very serious side effects, including: signs of pancreatitis (such as nausea, vomiting, stomach/abdominal/back pain, fever).
Rarely, this medication has caused severe (sometimes fatal) liver problems and a buildup of lactic acid in the blood (lactic acidosis). These serious side effects may occur more often in women and obese patients. Get medical help right away if you have any of the following serious symptoms, including: symptoms of liver problems (such as nausea/vomiting that doesn’t stop, loss of appetite, stomach/abdominal pain, yellowing eyes/skin, dark urine), symptoms of lactic acidosis (such as deep/rapid breathing, drowsiness, nausea/vomiting).
Not everyone experiences these side effects. There may be some side effects not listed above. If you have any concerns about a side-effect, please consult your doctor or pharmacist.
What drugs may interact with Abacavir-Dolutegravir-Lamivudine?
Some products that may interact with this drug include: dofetilide, orlistat, sorbitol.
Do not take this medication with other products (including those that treat HIV infection) that contain abacavir, lamivudine, or emtricitabine.
Abacavir-Dolutegravir-Lamivudine may interact with other drugs that you are currently taking, which can change how your drug works or increase your risk for serious side effects. To avoid any potential drug interactions, you should keep a list of all the drugs you are using (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs and herbal products) and share it with your doctor and pharmacist. For your safety, do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any drugs without your doctor’s approval.
Does food or alcohol interact with Abacavir-Dolutegravir-Lamivudine?
Abacavir-Dolutegravir-Lamivudine may interact with food or alcohol by altering the way the drug works or increase the risk for serious side effects. Please discuss with your doctor or pharmacist any potential food or alcohol interactions before using this drug.
Limit alcoholic beverages, because they can increase the risk of liver problems and pancreatitis.
What health conditions may interact with Abacavir-Dolutegravir-Lamivudine?
Abacavir-Dolutegravir-Lamivudine may interact with your health condition. This interaction may worsen your health condition or alter the way the drug works. It is important to always let your doctor and pharmacist know all the health conditions you currently have.
The information provided is not a substitute for any medical advice. You should ALWAYS consult with your doctor or pharmacist before using this Abacavir-Dolutegravir-Lamivudine.
What is the dose of Abacavir-Dolutegravir-Lamivudine for an adult?
Usual Adult Dose for HIV Infection
1 tablet orally once a day
Renal Dose Adjustments
CrCl less than 50 mL/min: Not recommended; individual components should be used.
Liver Dose Adjustments
Mild liver dysfunction (Child-Pugh A): Not recommended; individual components should be used.
Moderate or severe liver dysfunction (Child-Pugh B or C): Contraindicated
Coadministration with efavirenz, fosamprenavir/ritonavir, tipranavir/ritonavir, carbamazepine, or rifampin: An additional 50 mg/day of dolutegravir is recommended, separated from this combination product by 12 hours.
What is the dose of Abacavir-Dolutegravir-Lamivudine for a child?
Usual Pediatric Dose for HIV Infection
At least 40 kg: 1 tablet orally once a day
Safety and efficacy have not been established in patients weighing less than 40 kg.
How is Abacavir-Dolutegravir-Lamivudine available?
Abacavir-Dolutegravir-Lamivudine is available in the following dosage forms and strengths:
- Oral tablet
What should I do in case of an emergency or overdose?
In case of an emergency or an overdose, call your local emergency services or go to your nearest emergency room.
What should I do if I miss a dose?
If you miss a dose of Abacavir-Dolutegravir-Lamivudine, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and take your regular dose as scheduled. Do not take a double dose.
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Review Date: November 2, 2018 | Last Modified: November 2, 2018