Viral Hepatitis and Entecavir
Entecavir, also known as Baraclude, is given orally or in tablet form to adults and adolescents older than 16 years of age to treat chronic hepatitis B virus infection.
Effect of Entecavir on Viral Hepatitis
As an antiretroviral agent, Entecavir works to injure the virus and fight the infection.
How to Use Entecavir
• To gain the most benefit, do not miss doses.
• Use prescription as directed, even if feeling better.
• Take this medicine on an empty stomach. Take 2 hours before or 2 hours after meals.
• A liquid (solution) is available if you cannot swallow pills.
• Those who have feeding tubes can also use the liquid. Flush the feeding tube before and after medicine is given (feeding should be delayed 2 hours after receiving medicine).
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.
• If you are being treated for both hepatitis B and AIDS, 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.
#What are some possible side effects of this medicine?
• Increased liver enzymes.
• Blood or sugar in the urine.
• Nausea or vomiting. Small frequent meals, frequent mouth care, sucking hard, sugar-free candy, or chewing sugar-free gum may help.
• Feeling dizzy. Rise slowly over several minutes from sitting or lying position. Be careful climbing.
#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.
• Difficulty breathing.
• Fast heartbeat.
• Severe dizziness or passing out.
• Severe belly pain.
• Severe nausea or vomiting.
• Severe diarrhea.
• Not able to eat.
• Dark urine or yellow skin or eyes.
• Feeling extremely tired or weak.
• Severe muscle pain or weakness.
• Feeling cold.
• Any rash.
• No improvement in condition or feeling worse.