What is Entecavir used for?
Entecavir is an antiviral medication. Entecavir prevents the multiplication of certain virus cells in your body.
Entecavir is prescribed for the treatment of chronic hepatitis B in adults and children. Entecavir does not cure hepatitis. It is unknown whether Entecavir can prevent liver cancer or cirrhosis.
Frequently Asked Questions About Entecavir
Sometimes two medications can interact causing an increase of negative side effects, or a change in the way your medication works. Some drug interactions must be avoided at all costs and some can be mitigated by changing the doses of your medications.
The following drugs can interact with Entecavir:
This is not an exhaustive list of drug interactions. Always provide your doctor with a list of the prescription, non-prescription and herbal products you are taking so that they can properly monitor for drug interactions.
Along with the intended effects, medication can also cause unwanted side effects. Though not all of these side effects will occur, some may require medical attention.
If any of the following side effects occur talk to your doctor immediately:
Incidence not known
- Abdominal or stomach discomfort
- Decreased appetite
- Difficulty with swallowing
- Fast heartbeat
- Fast, shallow breathing
- General feeling of discomfort
- Hives, itching, or rash
- Muscle pain or cramping
- Puffiness or swelling of the eyelids or around the eyes, face, lips, or tongue
- Right upper abdominal or stomach pain and fullness
- Tightness in the chest
- Unusual tiredness or weakness
You may encounter some effects that don’t usually need medical attention. These side effects could go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medication. Your doctor may also be able to help you avoid these effects.
Check-in with your doctor if the following side effects worsen or become bothersome:
- Acid or sour stomach
- Stomach discomfort, upset, or pain
- Trouble sleeping
- Unusual drowsiness
Incidence not known
- Hair loss
- Thinning of the hair
Other side effects not listed here could also occur in some patients. If you notice other side effects not listed here, consult with your doctor.
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