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lamivudine (Epivir)


Generic name: lamivudine, sometimes also called 3TC. Lamivudine is available as a generic medicine, so its appearance will depend on which type your clinic buys.

Brand names: Epivir (the image on this page is of the version of lamivudine which has the brand name Epivir).

Class: Individual NRTIs (nukes)


Common (may affect up to 1 in 10 people): nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, headache, stomach pain, hair loss, fever, general feeling of being unwell, insomnia (difficulty sleeping), rash, tiredness, runny nose, cough, joint and muscle pain.

Uncommon (may affect up to 1 in 100 people): anaemia (a low red blood cell count), neutropenia (a low white blood cell count), thrombocytopenia (a decrease in the number of cells involved in blood clotting) and an increase in liver enzymes. These side-effects would show up in blood tests.


150mg and 300mg tablets.

Take 150mg twice a day or 300mg once a day.


Take with or without food.

*Last reviewed on 19/12/2016 Next review: 19/12/2019

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