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Viral Hepatitis and Adefovir

Read more about Adefovir.

[Edit] [Revisions] [Writers] Overview

Adefovir, also known as Hepsera, is given orally to treat hepatitis B.

[Edit] [Revisions] [Writers] Effect of Adefovir on Viral Hepatitis

As an antiretroviral agent, Adefovir works to injure the virus and fight the infection.

[Edit] [Revisions] [Writers] 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.

[Revisions] [Writers] 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.

• Headache.

• Nausea or vomiting. Small frequent meals, frequent mouth care, sucking hard, sugar-free candy, or chewing sugar-free gum may help.

• Diarrhea.

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.