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Abacavir Sulfate, Lamivudine, Zidovudine Oral tablet

What is this medicine?

ABACAVIR; LAMIVUDINE, 3TC; ZIDOVUDINE, ZDV (a ba KA vir; la MI vyoo deen; zye DOE vyoo deen) is three antiretroviral medicines in one tablet. It is used with other medicines to treat HIV. This medicine is not a cure for HIV. It will not stop the spread of HIV to others.

This medicine may be used for other purposes; ask your health care provider or pharmacist if you have questions.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:

  • drink alcohol-containing drinks

  • heart disease

  • kidney disease

  • liver disease

  • low blood counts, like low white cell, platelet, or red cell counts

  • smoke tobacco

  • weigh less than 40 kg or 88 pounds

  • an unusual or allergic reaction to abacavir, lamivudine, zidovudine, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives

  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant

  • breast-feeding

How should I use this medicine?

Take this medicine by mouth with a glass of water. Follow the directions on the prescription label. You may take this medicine with or without food. Take your medicine at regular intervals. Do not take your medicine more often than directed. For your anti-HIV therapy to work as well as possible, take each dose exactly as prescribed. Do not skip doses or stop your medicine even if you feel better. Skipping doses may make the HIV virus resistant to this medicine and other medicines. Do not stop taking except on your doctor's advice.

A special MedGuide will be given to you by the pharmacist with each prescription and refill. Be sure to read this information carefully each time.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.

Overdosage: If you think you have taken too much of this medicine contact a poison control center or emergency room at once.

NOTE: This medicine is only for you. Do not share this medicine with others.

What if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. Then take your next dose at the usual scheduled time. Do not take double or extra doses.

What may interact with this medicine?

  • alcohol or alcohol containing products

  • any other medicine that contains abacavir, lamivudine, or zidovudine

  • doxorubicin

  • emtricitabine

  • fluconazole

  • ganciclovir

  • interferon

  • methadone

  • phenytoin

  • ribavirin

  • stavudine, d4T

  • sulfamethoxazole; trimethoprim, SMX-TMP

  • trimethoprim

  • valproic acid

  • zalcitabine, ddC

This list may not describe all possible interactions. Give your health care provider a list of all the medicines, herbs, non-prescription drugs, or dietary supplements you use. Also tell them if you smoke, drink alcohol, or use illegal drugs. Some items may interact with your medicine.

What should I watch for while using this medicine?

Visit your doctor or health care professional for regular check ups. Discuss any new symptoms with your doctor. You will need to have important blood work done while on this medicine.

HIV is spread to others through sexual or blood contact. Talk to your doctor about how to stop the spread of HIV.

A small number of people may have a severe allergy to this medicine. Some symptoms are a skin rash, fever, nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, severe tiredness, aches, or generally feeling sick. A list of these symptoms is on the Warning Card given to you by your pharmacist. You should carry this Warning Card with you. If you have these symptoms while taking this medicine, stop the medicine and call your doctor right away.

If you stop this medicine because you ran out of medicine or because you may have had an allergic reaction, talk to your doctor. Do not restart this medicine without your doctor's advice. Severe hypersensitivity reactions can occur within hours and may include life-threatening hypotension and death.

If you have hepatitis B, talk to your doctor if you plan to stop or change your therapy. The symptoms of hepatitis B may get worse after you stop this medicine.

This medicine can cause blood problems. You may have slow healing and a higher risk of infection while on this medicine. Try to avoid cutting or injuring yourself. Be careful not to damage to your teeth and gums when you brush or floss your teeth.

What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?

Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:

  • allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue

  • breathing difficulties, cough

  • dizziness

  • fever, chills, sore throat, infection

  • muscle pain or weakness

  • nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, stomach pain

  • pain or difficulty swallowing

  • pain, tingling, numbness in the hands or feet

  • redness, blistering, peeling or loosening of the skin, including inside the mouth

  • seizures

  • unexplained weight loss

  • unusual bleeding or bruising

  • unusually weak or tired

Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):

  • constipation

  • hair loss

  • headache

  • loss of appetite

  • trouble sleeping

  • stomach upset

  • weight gain around waist, back, or thinning of face, arms, legs

This list may not describe all possible side effects. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

Where should I keep my medicine?

Keep out of the reach of children.

Store at room temperature between 15 and 30 degrees C (59 and 86 degrees F). Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.


As a designated NICHE (Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders) site – the only national designation indicating a hospital’s commitment to excellence in senior care – Broward Health Imperial Point is at the forefront of elder care. Our highly-skilled and compassionate healthcare team is specially trained in the care of seniors and recognizing the symptoms of diseases that are easily corrected when caught early. We recognize the need for patient advocacy among older adult patients and we’re here to provide them with safe and effective care.

For more information about any of our older adult services or programs, call the Senior Health Line, 954-958-5222.

Our elder care services include:

The Imperial Care Management Program - a free program available to local seniors, 65+ with complicated medical needs. Learn more.

Behavioral Health for Older Adults
Broward Health Imperial Point provides personalized behavioral healthcare to older adults. The program’s focus is on working closely with elderly patients to meet all of their physical and psychological health needs. A team of highly-skilled counselors, clinicians, and doctors provide an excellent level of care on the 10-bed unit which provides senior patients with a TV in every room, access to phones, and unrestricted visiting hours. This allows patients and their families to have more personal contact, as well as rest time. For more information, call 954-940-7060.

Lecture Series
Regular informative health lectures presented by our physician experts are free and open to the community. You must RSVP to Broward Health Line at 954-759-7400. Refreshments will be served. View a list of our events and activities.

High Tea & Trivia
Eat, drink and think! Broward Health Imperial Point presents an afternoon of fun, food and friends for those aged 65 or older. Bring a guest or come alone to meet other like-minded individuals. A prize will be awarded for the trivia quiz winner and there will be a guest speaker each month. The event takes place every third Tuesday of the month at 3pm in the cafeteria. RSVP is required. Please call 954-759-7400.

Senior Supper Club
Adults aged 55+ can join our Senior Supper Club and receive a well-balanced meal at a discounted price in Café Imperial, located inside the hospital.

To receive your Senior Supper Club membership card, call 954-759-7400.

We also provide elder adult patient advocacy in the following services:

Digital Mammography & Breast MRI Screening
The enhanced visibility and high contrast images provided by digital mammography enable your radiologist to detect and further characterize suspicious or obscure pathology. Learn more

Dysphagia Therapy
The Dysphagia Program at Broward Health Imperial Point is uniquely designed to incorporate state-of-the-art diagnosis and treatment with holistic, integrative healing. Learn more

Emergency Services
This modern facility boasts 20 treatment rooms equipped with state-of-the-art technology, as well as a Primary Stroke Center certified by the Joint Commission, behavioral health treatment area, designated critical care treatment room and comfortable family waiting area. Learn more

Interventional Radiology
Interventional radiology is an area of medicine that is growing rapidly as a less invasive alternative to surgery. Interventional radiologists are physicians who specialize in minimally invasive, targeted treatments performed using imaging guidance. Learn more

Orthopedics & Sports Medicine
For years, professional sports teams have sent players to Broward Health Imperial Point for orthopedic surgery due to the hospital's outstanding reputation for clinical outcomes and customer service. Learn more

Outpatient Services
Services include radiology, patient surgical education, rehabilitative services, mammography, laboratory/EKG, ultrasound, anesthesia consultation, nursing pre-surgical evaluations, and financial counseling. Learn more

Stroke Center
The Primary Stroke Center, certified by the Joint Commission, is focused on the emergent needs of a stroke patient. Our multi-disciplinary team of physicians, nurses, physical and speech therapists, dieticians and case managers work together to develop a customized treatment plan for each patient. Learn more

Surgical Services
Surgeries include a variety of specialty cases such as neurosurgery, orthopedics, ophthalmology, and a wide spectrum of general surgery. Routine surgical and specialty procedures are performed daily on an inpatient and outpatient basis. Learn more

Surgical Eye Center 
More retinal procedures are performed at Broward Health Imperial Point than any other hospital in Broward County. Eye conditions treated at the Surgery Center include delicate retinal problems, cataracts, opaque corneas, pterygiums and glaucoma. Learn more

Wellness Center, Rehabilitation and Dysphagia Therapy
The Wellness Center offers a comprehensive array of equipment and free weights for individual use. Specialty programs include orthopaedic rehabilitation and total muscle joint rehabilitation designed to restore individuals to optimal functioning. Learn more

Wound Care & Hyperbaric Medicine
Patients treated at the Center for Wound Care & Hyperbaric Medicine have wounds that are non-healing, such as diabetic ulcers, pressure ulcers, traumatic injuries, radiation injuries, and more. Non-healing wounds are usually treated with growth factors, vacuum-assisted closures and specialized dressings, and when indicated, hyperbaric oxygen therapy. Learn more

Need a doctor? Call the Broward Health Line at 954-759-7400.

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