Telbivudine

Description

Telbivudine is an antiviral medicine which is used for the treatment of chronic hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection even in patients with signs of liver damage. This medicine is not a cure for hepatitis B infection. It only prevents the virus from multiplying in your body.

Side effects

Major & minor side effects for Telbivudine

  • Abdominal pain
  • Nausea
  • Weakness
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Muscle pain
  • Difficulty in breathing
  • Skin rash
  • Constipation
  • Headache
  • Increased heartbeat
  • Tiredness
  • Increased blood pressure
  • Difficulty in swallowing
  • Joint stiffness

Uses of Telbivudine

What is it prescribed for?

  • Chronic Hepatitis B infection
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Concerns

Commonly asked questions

  • Onset of action
    The amount of time required for this medicine to show its action is not clinically established.
  • Duration of effect
    The amount of time for which this medicine remains active in the body is not clinically established.
  • Safe with alcohol?
    Interaction with alcohol is unknown. It is advisable to consult your doctor before consumption.
  • Is it habit forming?
    No habit-forming tendencies were reported.
  • Usage in pregnancy?
    This medicine is not recommended for use in pregnant women unless necessary. The risks and benefits should be discussed with the doctor before taking this medicine.
  • Usage while breast-feeding?
    This medicine is not recommended for use in breastfeeding women unless necessary. The risks and benefits should be discussed with the doctor before taking this medicine.

Allergy

This medicine is not recommended for use in patients with a known allergy to telbivudine or any other inactive ingredient present along with it.
Warnings for special population

Pregnancy

This medicine is not recommended for use in pregnant women unless necessary. The risks and benefits should be discussed with the doctor before taking this medicine.

Breast-feeding

This medicine is not recommended for use in breastfeeding women unless necessary. The risks and benefits should be discussed with the doctor before taking this medicine.
General warnings

Kidney impairment

This medicine should be used with caution in patients with kidney impairment due to the increased risk of worsening of the patient's condition. Close monitoring of kidney function, appropriate dose adjustments or replacement with a suitable alternative is necessary based on the clinical condition of the patient

Myopathy

This medicine should be used with caution in patients with a known history of myopathy due to the increased risk of worsening of the patient's condition. Appropriate dose adjustments or replacement with a suitable alternative may be necessary based on the clinical condition of the patient.

Lactic acidosis

This medicine should be used with caution due to the increased risk of Lactic acidosis. Report any unusual symptoms to the doctor immediately. Appropriate dose adjustments or replacement with a suitable alternative may be required based on the clinical condition.

Missed Dose

Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. Skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next scheduled dose. Do not use extra medicine to make up for the missed dose.

Overdose

Seek emergency medical treatment or contact the doctor in case of an overdose.
All drugs interact differently for person to person. You should check all the possible interactions with your doctor before starting any medicine.
Interaction with Alcohol

Description

Interaction with alcohol is unknown. It is advisable to consult your doctor before consumption.

Instructions

Interaction with alcohol is unknown. It is advisable to consult your doctor before consumption.
Interaction with Medicine

Celecoxib

Methotrexate

Atorvastatin

Peginterferon Alfa-2A

Disease interactions

Disease

Information not available.
Food interactions
Information not available.
Lab interactions
Information not available.
Take this medicine exactly as instructed by the doctor. Do not take in larger or smaller amounts than prescribed. Seek emergency medical treatment in case of any severe side effects. Ensure that the course of treatment is completed. Do not stop the use of this medicine without consulting your doctor.
Miscelleneous

Can be taken with or without food, as advised by your doctor

To be taken as instructed by doctor

Does not cause sleepiness

How it works
This medicine works by stopping the hepatitis B virus from multiplying.
Legal Status

Approved

Unknown

Unknown

Approved

Classification

Category

Nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors (NRTIs)

Schedule

Schedule H

[Internet]. Drugbank.ca. 2019 [cited 25 March 2019]. Available from:

https://www.drugbank.ca/drugs/DB01265

[Internet]. Medlineplus.gov. 2019 [cited 25 March 2019]. Available from:

https://medlineplus.gov/druginfo/meds/a607045.html

[Internet]. Accessdata.fda.gov. 2019 [cited 25 March 2019]. Available from:

https://www.accessdata.fda.gov/drugsatfda_docs/label/2006/022011lbl.pdf

[Internet]. Pharma.us.novartis.com. 2019 [cited 26 March 2019]. Available from:

https://www.pharma.us.novartis.com/sites/www.pharma.us.novartis.com/files/tyzeka.pdf?page=prescribing_information

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Information on this page was last updated on 27 May 2019

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