What is Hepsera and what is it used for:
Hepsera is a prescription medication used to treat chronic hepatitis B in adults. It works by blocking the replication of the hepatitis B virus, which can reduce the amount of virus in the body and slow down the progression of the disease. Hepsera is not a cure for hepatitis B, but it can help improve liver function and decrease the risk of developing liver damage or liver cancer.
How to take Hepsera:
Hepsera is taken orally, usually once daily, with or without food. The dosage and duration of treatment will depend on the individual's condition and response to treatment. It is important to take Hepsera exactly as prescribed by your doctor, even if you feel well. Do not stop taking Hepsera without consulting your doctor.
Possible side effects of Hepsera:
Hepsera may cause some side effects, including:
Nausea or vomiting
Fever or chills
Muscle or joint pain
Difficulty breathing or swallowing
Yellowing of the skin or eyes (jaundice)
If any of these side effects persist or worsen, inform your doctor immediately. Seek emergency medical attention if you experience any signs of a serious allergic reaction, such as difficulty breathing, hives, or swelling of the face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Precautions and warnings for Hepsera:
Before taking Hepsera, inform your doctor if you have any medical conditions, such as kidney disease or HIV infection. Hepsera may interact with certain medications, including other medications that affect the kidneys or immune system. It is important to inform your doctor of all medications and supplements you are taking.
Hepsera may cause a decrease in kidney function or even kidney failure, particularly in patients with pre-existing kidney disease or those taking other medications that affect the kidneys. It is important to have regular blood tests to monitor kidney function while taking Hepsera.
Hepsera is not recommended during pregnancy unless the benefits outweigh the risks. It is also not recommended for use while breastfeeding.
It is important to attend regular doctor appointments and report any new or worsening symptoms to your healthcare provider while taking Hepsera.