Abacavir

Red

Brand Name(s):Ziagen (In combination as Kivexa and Trizivir)

Indication:HIV infection in combination with other antiretroviral drugs

Rationale:1,2

Considered:Jul-07

Review Date:Jul-22

Comments:
Abacavir-containing medicines should be used in line with current treatment guidelines and with caution in patients with high cardiovascular risk factors

When prescribing abacavir-containing medicines, healthcare professionals should take action to minimise all modifiable cardiovascular risk factors (ie, smoking, high blood pressure, high blood-fat levels, and diabetes)

MHRA Drug Safety Update Volume 2 Issue 12 July 2009