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WHAT IS ENTECAVIR ?
Entecavir is an antiviral medication. Entecavir prevents certain virus cells from multiplying in your body. It works by blocking the DNA synthesis in hepatitis B virus, a process essential for the virus to grow and multiply. Entecavir thus stops the virus from spreading in the body. It does not prevent spread of HBV infections to other people.
Entecavir is used to treat long-term infection of the liver (hepatitis) caused by hepatitis B virus (HBV). It is also used to prevent HBV reinfection after liver transplant and to treat HIV patients infected with HBV. Entecavir can be used in individuals with damaged liver that still functions properly (compensated liver disease) and in individuals with damaged liver that does not function properly (decompensated liver disease).
POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS:
Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Some people develop lactic acidosis while taking entecavir. Early symptoms may get worse over time and this condition can be fatal. Get emergency medical help if you have even mild symptoms such as:
muscle pain or weakness;
numb or cold feeling in your arms and legs;
feeling dizzy, light-headed, tired, or very weak;
stomach pain, nausea with vomiting; or
fast or uneven heart rate.
Entecavir may also cause severe liver symptoms. Call your doctor at once if you have: nausea, upper stomach pain, itching, tired feeling, loss of appetite, dark urine, clay-colored stools, jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes).
Common side effects may include:
nausea; dizziness, tired feeling; or headache.
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.
Entecavir Tablets should be stored in a tightly closed container at 20° to 25° C (68° to 77° F)