Viral Hepatitis and Adefovir
Adefovir, also known as Hepsera, is given orally to treat hepatitis B.
Effect of Adefovir on Viral Hepatitis
As an antiretroviral agent, Adefovir works to injure the virus and fight the infection.
How to Use Adefovir
• To gain the most benefit, do not miss doses.
• Use prescription as directed, even if feeling better.
• Take this medicine with or without food. Take with food if it causes an upset stomach.
Side Effects and Warnings
#What are the precautions when taking this medicine?
• Do not run out of this medicine.
• If you have kidney disease, talk with healthcare provider.
• Check medicines with healthcare provider. This medicine may not mix well with other medicines.
• Tell healthcare provider if you are pregnant or plan on getting pregnant.
• To protect against sexually-transmitted diseases, use a latex condom.
• Use birth control that you can trust to prevent pregnancy while taking this medicine.
• Breast-feeding is not recommended in HIV disease in the U.S.
#What are some possible side effects of this medicine?
• Worsening kidney function.
• Nausea or vomiting. Small frequent meals, frequent mouth care, sucking hard, sugar-free candy, or chewing sugar-free gum may help.
#Reasons to call healthcare provider immediately
• If you suspect an overdose, call your local poison control center or emergency department immediately.
• Signs of a life-threatening reaction. These include wheezing; chest tightness; fever; itching; bad cough; blue skin color; fits; or swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat.
• Severe dizziness or passing out.
• Difficulty breathing.
• Feeling cold.
• Severe swelling.
• Severe belly pain.
• Severe diarrhea.
• Severe nausea or vomiting.
• Dark urine or yellow skin or eyes.
• Not able to eat.
• Feeling extremely tired or weak.
• Any rash.
• No improvement in condition or feeling worse.