Adefovir dipivoxil

    • What type of medicine is this?

    • Adefovir dipivoxil is an antiviral medicine, namely a nucleotide analogue. This medicine stops the hepatitis B virus from replicating in your body and overcoming your immune system.

      You should only use this medicine if prescribed by your healthcare provider.

    • What is the medicine used for?

    • Adefovir dipivoxil is an antiviral medicine used to treat Hepatitis B infection. It works by reducing the number of viruses in your body, particularly in your liver. It is used to control hepatitis B infection in people who are 12 years old or older. It is not a cure and will not prevent transmission of the infection.

      You should tell your healthcare provider if you have an allergy to adefovir dipivoxil or develop a rash when using it.

    • How to take this medicine?

      • Adefovir dipivoxil comes in the form of tablets that are taken by mouth. It is available in 10mg doses. You can take this medicine with or without food.
      • Your healthcare provider will instruct you on how to take the medicine depending on your medical condition.
      • Do not miss a dose. If you do, take the medicine as soon as you remember.
      • Do not use two doses at the same time.
      • If you take more than the prescribed amount (overdose), immediately visit a healthcare centre.
    • What are the side-effects?

    • Some side effects of adefovir dipivoxil include:

      • Feeling weak and listless.
      • Headache.
      • Fever.
      • Vomiting.
      • Cough that worsens over time.
      • If you are allergic to this medicine you may experience skin rash.
    • What to know before taking this medicine?

      • Adefovir dipivoxil should be not be used if you are younger than 12 years of age.
      • It can worsen kidney problems. Inform your healthcare provider if you have any kidney problems or are currently taking other medicines that may affect your kidneys, especially if you are elderly.
      • If you develop a skin rash or allergic reactions to this medicine, see a healthcare provider immediately.
      • If you take HIV/AIDS medicines containing tenofovir, you should inform your healthcare provider before you use this medicine.
      • Inform your healthcare provider if you are pregnant, breastfeeding or taking other medicines, like herbal medicines.