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A generic drug is a copy of the brand-name drug with the same dosage, safety, strength, quality, consumption method, performance, and intended use. Before generics become available on the market, the generic company must prove it has the same active ingredients as the brand-name drug and works in the same way and in the same amount of time in the body.
The only differences between generics and their brand-name counterparts is that generics are less expensive and may look slightly different (eg. different shape or color), as trademarks laws prevent a generic from looking exactly like the brand-name drug.
Generics are less expensive because generic manufacturers don't have to invest large sums of money to develop a drug. When the brand-name patent expires, generic companies can manufacture a copy of the brand-name and sell it at a substantial discount.
Combivir is an oral tablet that contains the nucleoside analogue reverse transcriptase inhibitors lamivudine and zidovudine. It is available by prescription only to treat HIV-1 infection.
The Combivir generic is lamivudine and zidovudine.
Combivir should be taken as prescribed by your doctor. Any questions or concerns about the medication should be referred to your doctor or pharmacist.
The recommended dosage in adults, adolescents, and pediatrics who weigh at least 30 kg is one tablet by mouth two times a day.
Each Combivir tablet contains 150 mg of lamivudine and 300 mg of zidovudine. Inactive ingredients include colloidal silicon dioxide, hypromellose, magnesium stearate, microcrystalline cellulose, polyethylene glycol, polysorbate 80, sodium starch glycolate, and titanium dioxide.
Do not take Combivir if you are allergic to lamivudine or zidovudine.
Combivir contains the following FDA Boxed Warnings:
Headache, nausea, general discomfort, fatigue, diarrhea, cough, and nasal symptoms are common Combivir side effects; however, other side effects may occur. Contact your doctor right away if you have side effects that are concerning or persistent.
You can buy Combivir 150 mg/300 mg tablets online at a competitive price and with a valid prescription from your doctor at Canada Pharmacy.
Combivir. Research Triangle Park, NC: GlaxoSmithKline; 2015.