Duovir-N, Lamivudine/ Zidovudine/ Nevirapine
Duovir-N is a drug that is used in the treatment of Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) in adults. It is a combination of three drugs, which are nevirapine, lamivudine, and zidovudine. This tablet is prescribed to patients who have responded well to other HIV medication. It inhibits the regeneration of HIV and increases the immune cells in the body. It improves the patient's condition substantially but does not totally cure the HIV infection as till date, there is no such drug that is able to do so.
This tablet is used in the treatment of HIV infection. It is only prescribed after the patient has responded positively to the nevirapine drug. Generally, the HIV present in the patient's body destroys the immune cells, which are commonly known as CD4+ cells. These cells are responsible for providing immunity in the body. This tablet helps in the generation of CD4+ cells. This tablet also helps prevent and control HIV growth in the body.
Dosage and administration
Any patient suffering from HIV infection is first stabilized by taking nevirapine 200 mg capsules regularly as prescribed by the doctor. Usually, the capsules are to be taken three times a day. If the patient shows tolerance to the capsules, the doctor may then decide to prescribe this drug, which is to be taken three times a day as well for adults. Take the tablets exactly as prescribed by the doctor and do not take more than what has been prescribed as overdosing may lead to fatality. The patient is to be monitored regularly by the doctor when taking this medication at the initial stage.
There are several common side effects with the use of the Duovir-N tablets. They are enumerated below,
- Severe abdominal pain.
- Difficulty in breathing.
- Loss of appetite.
- Weight loss.
- Nausea, dizziness, and vomiting.
- Liver enlargement.
- May also cause pancreatitis.