Epivir HBV: treatment HIV virus and Hepatitis B

Epivir HBV drug is a medicine used for treating HIV virus and Hepatitis B.

Epivir HBV Uses

It works by stopping multiplying of virus cells in human’s body. Epivir is not a panacea neither for human immunodeficiency virus nor for acquired immunodeficiency syndrome but it helps immune system to control them.

Brand(s): Epivir, Combivir, Emtriva, Epivir HBV

Manufacturer: GLAXOSMITHKLINE company

Clinico-pharmacological group:

Epivir HBV acts like an antiviral drug.

Composition, structure and packing:

Basic ingredient: 100 mg of lamivudine

Other ingredients: synthetic strawberry, banana aroma, propylene glycol, propylparaben.

The composition of the coating film: hypromellose,, microcrystalline cellulose, polysorbate, iron oxide.

Basic ingredient: 100 mg of lamivudine


In order not to bring about the decease complication and to prevent yourself from overdose of the medicine, consult with your physician. Before starting the therapy patients must be offered lab tests since patients with recognized HIV virus cannot be able to take lamivudine for treating chronical hepatitis B. Usually the directed dosage is 100 mg (or one tablet) for each day.

The dose for adults with kidney failure should be measured by doctor. The dosage depends on creatinine clearance which defines renal function.

The directed dose for treating HIV virus is 300 mg daily. The children’s dose must be measured according to their weight. Usually it tis 4 mg/1kg

In case you have forgotten to take the tablet do this as soon as you recall. Do not take too much medication to avoid overdose.


The signs of the overdose are unknown. There has not been found any antidote for it. If the overdose is diagnosed the patient must be prescribed standard therapeutics so as to get by it. Seek for an emergency help if you feel unusual symptoms.

Side effects

Call for an ambulance in case you feel such allergic symptoms as rush, itching, problems with breathing, mouth or nasal cavities’ swelling.

If you have even slight symptoms like in the list below seek for medical help:

  1. Anemia
  2. Fatigue
  3. Cold sensations in your body parts
  4. Pain in the upper stomach
  5. Dizziness
  6. Heart palpitations
  7. Abnormal liver tests
  8. Problems with sleeping
  9. Dryness of mucous membrane
  10. Hard vision
  11. Paleness
  12. Loss of weight without any reason

After your body gets adjusted to the medicine the signs of side effects may go away. The treatment should last under the supervision of qualified specialist which might need change the measure dosage if it is necessary.

Indications for use

HIV, hepatitis B

Epivir HBV must be directed when other recommended in such case medications are unappropriated.


Lamivudine must not be considered if except for hepatitis B the patient has HIV or hepatitis C since in such case the drug can only complicate the state.

The medication is not indicated to patients with hypersensitivity to the main component. Epivir HBV is supposed to be used as a part of the combined therapy and it cannot be taken as an only medication for HIV virus. Discuss with the doctor which medicines might interact with Epivir HBV in a negative way. Not completed list of drugs which are forbidden during the therapy is given below:

  • Tenefovir
  • Zidovudine
  • Emtricitabine
  • Cobicistat
  • Lamivudine

However not all of the interactions mean that the patient has to quit using the medicine. The doctor will tell more about effects of drugs’ combination

Where to buy?

Epivir HBV’s manufacturers provide the high-quality medicine which can be bought in the pharmacy or through the internet without a prescription.