Viral Hepatitis and Telbivudine
Telbivudine, also known as Tyzeka, is available in liquid and tablet forms. It is appropriate for adolescents 16 years of age or older and adults with chronic hepatitis B. It is usually taken once daily. The optimal duration of therapy is unknown.
As an antiretroviral agent, Telbivudine works to injure the virus and fight the infection.
• 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.
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.
• Avoid alcohol (includes wine, beer, and liquor).
• 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.
What are some possible side effects of this medicine?
• Belly pain.
• Feeling tired or weak.
• Nausea or vomiting. Small frequent meals, frequent mouth care, sucking hard, sugar-free candy, or chewing sugar-free gum may help.
• Back pain.
• Muscle pain.
• Joint pain.
• Sore throat.
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.
• Severe dizziness or passing out.
• Fast heartbeat.
• 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.
• Numbness or tingling of hands or feet.
• Any rash.
• No improvement in condition or feeling worse.