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Treats chronic hepatitis B infection. This is an antiviral medicine.
There may be other brand names for this medicine.
When This Medicine Should Not Be Used
You should not use this medicine if you have had an allergic reaction to telbivudine.
How to Use This Medicine
- Your doctor will tell you how much of this medicine to use and how often. Do not use more medicine or use it more often than your doctor tells you to.
- You may take this medicine with or without food.
If a dose is missed:
- If you miss a dose or forget to use your medicine, use it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, wait until then to use the medicine and skip the missed dose. Do not use extra medicine to make up for a missed dose.
How to Store and Dispose of This Medicine
- Store the medicine in a closed container at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and direct light.
- Ask your pharmacist, doctor, or health caregiver about the best way to dispose of any leftover medicine after you have finished your treatment. You will also need to throw away old medicine after the expiration date has passed.
- Keep all medicine away from children and never share your medicine with anyone.
Drugs and Foods to Avoid
Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.
Warnings While Using This Medicine
- Make sure your doctor knows if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, or if you have kidney disease.
- A rare but serious reaction to this medicine is lactic acidosis (too much acid in the blood). Call your doctor right away if you have abdominal discomfort, a decreased appetite, diarrhea, fast or shallow breathing, a general feeling of discomfort, muscle pain or cramping, nausea, shortness of breath, sleepiness, or unusual tiredness or weakness.
- Some patients who have used this medicine had serious liver problems, such as having a liver that was much larger than normal. Tell your doctor right away if you start having severe pain in your upper stomach, nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, dark-colored urine, pale-colored stools, or yellowish skin or eyes.
- Hepatitis B infection may become worse if this medicine is stopped too soon. Do not stop taking this medicine without first checking with your doctor. When you are told to stop taking this medicine, you may need to see your doctor on a regular basis to check your liver. Keep all appointments.
- Some patients who have used this medicine had unexplained muscle aches, pain, tenderness, or weakness. If you notice any of these symptoms, call your doctor right away.
- This medicine is not a cure for the hepatitis B virus, but it may lower the amount of virus in your body and keep you from making more of the virus.
- This medicine will not keep you from giving the hepatitis B virus to your partner during sex. Make sure you understand this and practice safe sex, even if your partner also has hepatitis B. Never share needles. Do not share personal items that can have blood or body fluids on them with anyone, such as toothbrushes or razor blades. The male partner should use a latex condom during sex.
- Your doctor will need to check your blood or urine at regular visits while you are using this medicine. Be sure to keep all appointments.
Possible Side Effects While Using This Medicine
Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:
- Allergic reaction: Itching or hives, swelling in your face or hands, swelling or tingling in your mouth or throat, chest tightness, trouble breathing.
- Extreme weakness, tiredness, or confusion.
- Fever, chills, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, and body aches.
- Lightheadedness or fainting.
- Rapid breathing, trouble breathing, or nausea and vomiting.
- Unexplained muscle aches, pain, tenderness, or weakness.
If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:
- Diarrhea or stomach pain.
- Loss of appetite.
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