This drug is used with other HIV medications to help control HIV infection.
It helps to decrease the amount of HIV in your body so your immune system can work better.
This lowers your chance of getting HIV complications (such as new infections, cancer) and improves your quality of life. A-Bec (Abacavir) belongs to a class of drugs known as nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors-NRTI.
Mechanism of action:
A-Bec (Abacavir) is a carbocyclic synthetic nucleoside analogue and an antiviral agent.
Intracellularly, A-Bec (Abacavir) is converted by cellular enzymes to the active metabolite carbovir triphosphate, an analogue of deoxyguanosine-5′-triphosphate (dGTP).
Carbovir triphosphate inhibits the activity of HIV-1 reverse transcriptase (RT) both by competing with the natural substrate dGTP and by its incorporation into viral DNA.
Viral DNA growth is terminated because the incorporated nucleotide lacks a 3′-OH group, which is needed to form the 5′ to 3′ phosphodiester linkage essential for DNA chain elongation.
All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects.
Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:
A-Bec (Abacavir) is a prescription drug and should be used under proper medical guidance and advice.
The information provided here is for general educational purposes only and does not constitute medical or pharmaceutical advice which should be sought from qualified medical and pharmaceutical advisers.