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Viral Hepatitis and Entecavir

Read more about Entecavir.

Overview

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.

• Headache.

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

• Diarrhea.

• 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.

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