Hepsera is used as a treatment for chronic Hepatitis B in adults. Though this medication does not cure hepatitis, it prevents hepatitis viral cells from multiplying and infecting new liver cells.
Hepsera should be store at room temperature in an area that is protected from moisture and heat.
Before taking Hepsera, tell your doctor if any of the following apply to you: you have been exposed to HIV; you have untreated HIV or AIDS; if you are or planning to become pregnant.
This medication can cause a buildup of lactic acid within the body, also called lactic acidosis, which is characterized by unusual muscle pain and weakness, trouble breathing, fast or uneven heart rate, nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, and numbness or cold feeling in your arms or legs. If you have any of these symptoms after taking Hepsera, notify your doctor immediately, as this condition generally worsens over time and can be fatal.
Patient Family Information : Hepsera should be taken exactly as prescribed. When taking Hepsera, follow the directions on your prescription. Hepsera is generally taken with a glass of water, with or without food.
If you are allergic to any of the contents in Hepsera, do not take this medication. If you have liver or kidney disease, or if you are allergic to any drugs, notify your doctor before taking Hepsera.
Sever Side Effects : Serious side effects include: urinating less than usual or not at all; muscle pain, tenderness, or weakness (may occur several weeks or months after you start taking adefovir); numbness or cold feeling in your arms and legs, trouble breathing, nausea with
Common side effects include: mild nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, gas, or stomach pain; mild skin rash or itching; weakness; or headache.
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