Lamivudine and Zidovudine (Systemic)
Brand Names : Combivir
Lamivudine (la-MI-vyoo-deen) and zidovudine (zye-DOE-vyoo-deen) combination is used in the treatment of human immunodeficiency
virus (HIV) infection. HIV is the virus that causes acquired immune deficiency
Lamivudine and zidovudine combination will not cure or prevent HIV infection
or the symptoms of 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 serious health problems usually related to AIDS or HIV
infection. Lamivudine and zidovudine combination 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 infection.
The zidovudine component of this combination medicine may cause some serious
side effects, including bone marrow problems. Symptoms of bone marrow problems
include fever, chills, sore throat, pale skin, and unusual tiredness or weakness.
These problems may require blood transfusion or temporarily stopping treatment
with lamivudine and zidovudine combination. Check with your doctor if any
new health problems or symptoms occur while you are taking lamivudine and
This medicine is available only with your doctor's prescription, in the
following dosage form:
Some commonly used brand names are:
In the U.S. -
† Not commercially available in Canada.