Telbivudine

Generic Name:Telbivudine

Telbivudine is a prescribed medication used for those patients who are suffering from Hepatitis B. People who have chronic hepatitis B and active liver damage may benefit from telbivudine. This prescription medicine works by disrupting the multiplication process of the hepatitis B virus. Although it is not a cure, telbivudine can help slow down the spread of the virus and reduce damage to the liver. This medication is given to treat chronic hepatitis B infection in people age 16 and older with signs of liver damage. It is not a cure for hepatitis B, but it may reduce the amount of hepatitis B virus (HBV) in the body. If you have long-term hepatitis B and are developing signs of liver damage, you may receive a medication called telbivudine. This prescription drug cannot cure hepatitis B, but it can help prevent the virus from multiplying and reduce damage to the liver. It is approved only for use in people age 16 and older. At this time, there are no widely accepted other uses for telbivudine.

How to Use Telbivudine Tablets

  • This medication comes in tablet form. It is normally taken by mouth once a day.
  • Telbivudine can be taken with or without food. Try taking it with food if it bothers your stomach.
  • Try to take this medication at the same time each day to keep an even level of the drug in your bloodstream.

Cautions before Use Telbivudine Tablets

  • Telbivudine can cause a life-threatening condition known as lactic acidosis, which is an accumulation of acid in the blood. Women, people who are obese, and people who take the medicine for long periods of time may have a higher risk for lactic acidosis.
  • Telbivudine can cause serious liver problems, including an enlarged liver known as hepatomegaly and fat in the liver known as steatosis.
  • There have been reports of muscle problems (myopathy) in people taking telbivudine, including a serious muscle problem known as rhabdomyolysis. This condition results from a breakdown of muscle fiber, and can lead to kidney damage.
  • If you had a recent liver transplant then you should avoid this medication.
  • People suffering from kidney problems are advised to avoid this medicine.

Telbivudine Tablets Side Effects

The side effects which may arise due to the usage of Telbivudine are as follows:

  • Numbness, tingling, or burning sensations in the arms or legs
  • Problems walking
  • Unexplained muscle aches, pains, tenderness, or weakness
  • Signs of liver problems
  • Allergic Reactions
  • Muscle Pain and Weakness
  • Dizziness
  • Signs of lactic acidosis which is too much lactic acid in the blood

Interactions and Overdose of Telbivudine Tablets

A few drugs may cause negative interactions when combined with telbivudine. For example, problems may occur if this hepatitis B medication is taken with statin medications, fibrates, or interferon medications. Some of these combinations may increase your risk for dangerous problems with your nerves or muscles. Make sure your healthcare provider has a current list of medications and supplements you are taking.

In case of over dosage people should seek immediate medical support.

 

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