Abacavir is a drug used for the effective treatment of HIV. Abacavir is a drug that inhibits the growth of viruses. It is used to treat HIV infections and AIDS.
Abacavir and the benefit of DNA analysis
In around 5% of all people a treatment with abacavir triggers severe side effects, which can be grouped under the heading of hypersensitivity reactions. These can even be life-threatening.
Hypersensitivity to abacavir can be predicted to some extent on the basis of your genes. Preventive DNA analysis can therefore be an important tool in optimising your medication.
Symptoms that may be experienced in the event of a hypersensitivity reaction include fever, rashes, stomach and bowel disorders, muscle and joint pain, breathing problems, low blood pressure, anaphylactic shock, and kidney and liver failure.
Also known as
Abacavir/Lamivudine, Ziagen, Trizivir, Kivexa, Triumeq, ABC