Brand Names : Epivir, Epivir-HBV, 3TC, Heptovir
Lamivudine (la-MI-vyoo-deen) is used in the treatment of the infection caused
by the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) or hepatitis B virus. HIV is the virus
that causes acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS). Lamivudine is taken
together with zidovudine (AZT) or other medications used to treat HIV.
Lamivudine will not cure or prevent HIV infection or AIDS; however, it helps
keep HIV from reproducing and appears to slow down the destruction of the immune
system. This may help delay the development of problems usually related to AIDS
or HIV disease. Lamivudine will not keep you from spreading HIV to other people.
People who receive this medicine may continue to have other problems usually
related to AIDS or HIV disease. Lamivudine is not a cure for the hepatitis B
virus; the long-term effects of the drug on the infection and the liver are
unknown at this time.
Lamivudine is available only with your doctor's prescription, in the following
- Oral solution (U.S. and Canada)
- Tablets (U.S. and Canada)
Some commonly used brand names are:
In the U.S. -
In Canada -