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Abacavir (trade names include A-Bec, Abamune, Synabac, Virol, Ziagen, Ziagenavir) is an antiviral medication for systemic use from nucleoside and nucleotide reverse transcriptase inhibitors pharmacological group. This medicine is used for the treatment and prevention of HIV/AIDS. It is often indicated in combination with other antiretroviral drugs to treat HIV infection. Abacavir Sulfate (Ziagen) tablets works by inhibiting viral replication.

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Related medications:

  • Abacavir + Lamivudine (Kivexa)
  • Abacavir + Dolutegravir + Lamivudine (Triumeq)
  • Abacavir + Lamivudine + Zidovudine (Trizivir)
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  • Clevudine (Levovir, Revovir)
  • Daclatasvir (Daklinza)
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  • Ritonavir (Norvir)
  • Stavudine (Zerit)
  • Telbivudine (Sebivo, Tyzeka)
  • Tenofovir Alafenamide (Vemlidy)
  • Tenofovir Disoproxil (Viread)
  • Zalcitabine (Hivid)
  • Zidovudine (Retrovir)


    Pharmacological and medical categories:

  • Antiviral drugs
  • HIV medications
  • NRTIs


    ATC codes:

  • J - Antiinfectives for systemic use
  • J05 - Antivirals for systemic use
  • J05A - Direct acting antivirals
  • J05AF - Nucleoside and nucleotide reverse transcriptase inhibitors
  • J05AF06 - Abacavir


    ICD-10 codes:

  • Human immunodeficiency virus [HIV] disease - B20


    Pregnancy categories:

  • B3 - Australia
  • C - United States (Risk cannot be ruled out)


    Salts and other forms:

  • Abacavir Base
  • Abacavir Sulfate


    Synonyms, international and chemical names:

  • Abacavirum
  • Abakaviiri
  • Abakavir
  • Abakawir
  • ABC


    Brands, generics, trade names:

  • A-Bec - Emcure Pharmaceuticals
  • Abac - Ranbaxy
  • Abamune - Cipla
  • Synabac - Synmedic Laboratories
  • Virol - Ranbaxy
  • Zepril - Richmond Laboratorios
  • Ziagen - GlaxoSmithKline
  • Ziagenavir - GlaxoSmithKline


    APIs used in medicine in combinations with abacavir:

  • Dolutegravir
  • Lamivudine
  • Zidovudine


    Ziagen (Abacavir) tablets medication guide:

  • What is Ziagen (Abacavir)?

    Abacavir is a prescription medicine used to treat HIV-1 infection. It is taken by mouth as a tablet or a strawberry-banana-flavored liquid. Ziagen is a medicine called a nucleoside analogue reverse transcriptase inhibitor (NRTI). This drug is always used with other anti-HIV-1 medicines. When used in combination with these other medicines, Abacavir helps lower the amount of HIV-1 found in your blood. This helps to keep your immune system as healthy as possible so that it can help fight infection. Different combinations of medicines are used to treat HIV-1 infection. You and your doctor should discuss which combination of medicines is best for you.

    Ziagen (Abacavir) does not cure HIV-1 infection or AIDS. We do not know if Ziagen will help you live longer or have fewer of the medical problems that people get with HIV-1 or AIDS. It is very important that you see your doctor regularly while you are taking this medication.

    Abacavir (Ziagen) does not lower the risk of passing HIV-1 to other people through sexual contact, sharing needles, or being exposed to your blood. For your health and the health of others, it is important to always practice safe sex by using a latex or polyurethane condom or other barrier method to lower the chance of sexual contact with semen, vaginal secretions, or blood. Never use or share dirty needles.

    How should I take Ziagen (Abacavir) tablets?

    Take Ziagen by mouth exactly as your doctor prescribes it. Your doctor will tell you the right dose to take. The usual doses are 1 tablet twice a day or 2 tablets once a day. Do not skip doses.
    Children aged 3 months and older can also take Ziagen. The child's healthcare professional will decide the right dose and formulation based on the child's weight. The dose should not exceed the recommended adult dose.
    You can take Abacavir with or without food.
    If you miss a dose of Abacavir (Ziagen), take the missed dose right away. Then, take the next dose at the usual time.
    Do not let your Ziagen run out.
    Starting this drug again can cause a serious allergic or life-threatening reaction, even if you never had an allergic reaction to it before. If you run out of Ziagen even for a few days, you must ask your doctor if you can start it again. If your doctor tells you that you can take Ziagen again, start taking it when you are around medical help or people who can call a doctor if you need one.
    If you stop your anti-HIV drugs, even for a short time, the amount of virus in your blood may increase and the virus may become harder to treat.
    If you take too much Ziagen (Abacavir) tablets, call your doctor or poison control center right away.

    What are the possible side effects of Abacavir (Ziagen)?

    Ziagen can cause the following serious side effects:
    Serious allergic reaction that can cause death.
    Lactic acidosis with liver enlargement (hepatomegaly) that can cause death.
    Changes in immune system. When you start taking HIV medicines, your immune system may get stronger and could begin to fight infections that have been hidden in your body, such as pneumonia, herpes virus, or tuberculosis. If you have new symptoms after starting your HIV medicines, be sure to tell your doctor.
    Changes in body fat. These changes have happened in patients taking antiretroviral medicines like Ziagen. The changes may include an increased amount of fat in the upper back and neck ("buffalo hump"), breast, and around the back, chest, and stomach area. Loss of fat from the legs, arms, and face may also happen. The cause and long-term health effects of these conditions are not known.
    Some HIV medicines including Ziagen may increase your risk of heart attack. If you have heart problems, smoke, or suffer from diseases that increase your risk of heart disease such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or diabetes, tell your doctor.
    The most common side effects of Abacavir include nausea, vomiting, tiredness, headache, diarrhea, trouble sleeping, fever and chills, and loss of appetite. Most of these side effects did not cause people to stop taking Abacavir.


    Updated: February 2020
    Reviewed: February 2020
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