Entecavir is a medication used to treat chronic hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection. It works by blocking the ability of HBV to replicate and spread in the body. Entecavir is not a cure for hepatitis B, but it can help reduce the amount of HBV in the body and improve liver function.
How to take entecavir:
Entecavir is taken orally as a tablet, usually once daily on an empty stomach, at least 2 hours before or after a meal. The dosage may vary depending on the patient's medical condition and response to treatment. It is important to take entecavir exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Do not stop taking entecavir without consulting your doctor.
Possible side effects of entecavir:
Entecavir may cause some side effects, including:
Nausea or vomiting
Abdominal pain or discomfort
If any of these side effects persist or worsen, inform your doctor immediately.
Precautions and warnings for entecavir:
Before taking entecavir, inform your doctor if you have any medical conditions, especially kidney problems or liver problems other than hepatitis B. Entecavir may interact with certain medications, including HIV medications and other medications that affect the kidneys.
It is important to attend regular doctor appointments and report any new or worsening symptoms to your healthcare provider while taking entecavir. Do not share your medication with others, as it may be harmful to them.