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Do you need a prescription for abacavir?

Yes, abacavir is only available with a valid physician Rx.

How much is abacavir without Insurance in the US?

Our website gives two competitive savings options to US customers who wish to purchase abacavir, as either a brand or generic, if available. The first is access to medications through our mail-order online pharmacy. The second is by using the Now Patient Rx Advantage Card, which can be used in over 65,000 pharmacies nationwide, across America. If you are insured, then in most cases, the cash price will be significantly cheaper than the copay.

What will my out-of-pocket cost be for abacavir in the US?

There are no out-of-pocket (OOP) costs because we are currently only offering a cash-based option to purchase medications.

Is Now Patient a abacavir savings card?

Yes. Save up to 90% on your abacavir with the FREE Now Patient Rx Advantage card*.
*Based on the difference between the U&C submitted by the pharmacy and the price the patients pay.

Can you handle Rx transfers for home delivery in the US?

Yes. If you use the mail-order online pharmacy option, then we can handle requests by you to have your prescription transferred to our pharmacy for home delivery. We can even help you manage your refills by giving you timely reminders, so you do not run out of your medication.

Is Now Patient a abacavir coupon provider in the US?

No. Now Patient does not provide abacavir coupons or FREE abacavir samples.

Do you accept commercial, Medicare or Medicaid coverage for abacavir in the US?

No. Currently, we only offer cash-based options for purchase, therefore we do not require your insurance benefit details. In the future, our plan is to be able to handle commercial insurance, Medicare and Medicaid including cases where you have multiple health plans that provide benefit coverage (e.g. Medicaid and Commercial). We also anticipate being able to handle more complex scenarios such as using primary insurance combined with a manufacturer copay assistance program.

Does Now Patient work with Medicare?

Our cash-based prices for medications are typically cheaper than Medicare copays. We do not bill Medicare Part D (standalone drug coverage) or Medicare Advantage (combined health and drug coverage). When you purchase your medication from Now Patient, you will be doing so out of your pocket. The spend will not count towards your plan deductibles or gaps.

Does Now Patient work with Commercial Insurance?

Our cash-based prices for medications are typically cheaper than commercial plan copays. We do not bill your commercial plan. When you purchase your medication from Now Patient, you will be doing so out of your pocket. The spend will not count towards your plan deductibles or gaps.

What should you do if you use too much abacavir?


Call your doctor right away or seek immediate medical attention if your symptoms do not improve or they become worse after using abacavir. You can also call 800-222-1222 to reach the American Association of Poison Control Centers or use its online resource if you think you’ve used too much abacavir. But if you have severe symptoms, call 911 (or your local emergency number) immediately or go to the nearest emergency room.


If you think it is an emergency, call 999 or find your nearest A&E
If you need help now, but it’s not an emergency go to 111.nhs.uk or call 111. Alternatively you can speak to one of our pharmacists or use the Now Patient app to make an appointment with your GP.

What should I do if I miss my dose?

There are occasions when people forget to take their medication at correct prescribed times. This may not only have an effect on potentially making the medication less effective but it may also inadvertently lead to taking doses too close together, thereby increasing the risks of side effects.

Click here to find out what to do if you forgot to take your medication

What is generic abacavir?

Generic abacavir refers to the non-brand-name version of the medication. It contains the same active ingredient as the brand-name drug but is typically less expensive.

FDA approval of abacavir

Abacavir is approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of HIV-1 infections (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) infection.

Active ingredient of abacavir

The active ingredient of abacavir is abacavir sulfate. Available in film-coated tablet and oral solution forms.

US brand name of abacavir and manufacturer

Abacavir is available in the US under various brand names, including Ziagen. The manufacturer may vary depending on the brand name.

UK brand name of abacavir and manufacturer

In the UK, abacavir is available under various brand names, including Ziagen. The manufacturer may vary depending on the brand name.

Prescription requirement for abacavir

A prescription (Rx) is required for abacavir in both the US and the UK.

Availability of abacavir in the UK with NHS prescription

Abacavir is available in the UK with an NHS prescription.

Conditions treated by abacavir

Abacavir is primarily used for the treatment of HIV infection in combination with other antiretroviral therapy.

How does abacavir work?

Abacavir belongs to a class of medications called nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors (NRTIs). It works by inhibiting the reverse transcriptase enzyme, which is necessary for the replication of the HIV virus. By blocking this enzyme, abacavir helps to reduce HIV viral loads in the body and prevents damage to the immune system, and slows down the progression of the disease.
The antiviral effect of abacavir is due to its intracellular anabolite, carbovir-triphosphate, which interferes with HIV viral RNA-dependent DNA polymerase (reverse transcriptase), leading to inhibition of viral replication.
Abacavir is metabolized primarily through the enzymes alcohol dehydrogenase and glucuronyl transferase to inactive carboxylate and glucuronide metabolites.

Forms of abacavir available

Abacavir is available in various forms, including oral tablets and oral solutions.

Dosage of abacavir

The dosage of abacavir may vary depending on factors such as the patient’s weight, other medications being taken, and the specific HIV treatment regimen. It is important to follow the recommended dosage instructions provided by the healthcare provider.

Directions for use of abacavir

Abacavir should be taken as directed by the healthcare provider. It is usually taken once or twice daily, with or without food. It is important to take abacavir regularly and not miss doses to maintain its effectiveness.

Warnings and precautions for abacavir

  • Abacavir can cause a serious life-threatening hypersensitivity reaction (allergic reaction) in some individuals, characterized by symptoms such as fever, malaise, severe tiredness, skin rash, shortness of breath, sore throat and organ dysfunction. Hypersensitivity usually happens within the first six weeks of treatment, although it can occur at any time. It is important to be aware of the signs of this abacavir hypersensitivity reaction and seek immediate medical attention if it occurs. Your risk of this allergic reaction is much higher if you have a gene variation called HLA-B*5701 allele. Your healthcare provider can determine if you have this gene variation with a blood test
  • It is important to inform your healthcare provider about any existing medical conditions and medical history. In particular liver problems (such as hepatitis B or C, or cirrhosis), kidney problems, alcohol use, depression, diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and allergies should be highlighted to avoid potential drug interactions. Some products that may interact with this drug include alcohol, methadone, and orlistat

Possible side effects of abacavir

Common side effects of abacavir may include nausea, abdominal pain, headache, fatigue, loss of appetite and diarrhea. Serious side effects, such as hypersensitivity reactions, liver problems and lactic acidosis are rare but can occur. If any unusual or severe side effects are experienced, it is important to contact a healthcare professional.

Similar drugs to abacavir

Other antiretroviral medications, such as tenofovir and efavirenz, may be used as alternatives to abacavir for the treatment of HIV infection. Commonly, abacavir is dispensed with other antiviral medications such as lamivudine, zidovudine, and dolutegravir.



Now Patient has taken all reasonable steps to ensure that all material is factually accurate, complete, and current. However, the knowledge and experience of a qualified healthcare professional should always be sought after instead of using the information in this page. Before taking any drug, you should always speak to your doctor or another qualified healthcare provider.

The information provided here about medications is subject to change and is not meant to include all uses, precautions, warnings, directions, drug interactions, allergic reactions, or negative effects. The absence of warnings or other information for a particular medication does not imply that the medication or medication combination is appropriate for all patients or for all possible purposes.

Stefano Mirabello Medical Reviewer
Pharmacist / B.Pharm
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