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Drug Information

What is Entecavir used for?

Entecavir tablet is used for the treatment of hepatitis B infection.

Entecavir may also be prescribed for other conditions as determined by the doctor.

How does Entecavir work?

Entecavir belongs to the class of drugs called nucleoside analogues. It works by inhibiting hepatitis B viral polymerase by blocking the reverse transcriptase activity. Thus, it inhibits the synthesis and multiplication of viral DNA.

How to take Entecavir?

The dosage and the drug form depend on the age, weight and medical condition of an individual. Take Entecavir tablet as prescribed by the doctor.

  • Swallow the tablet Do not crush or chew the tablet.

If you miss a dose of Entecavir, please take it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, then skip the missed dose and continue with your regular dosing schedule. Do not take a double dose to make up for the missed dose.

What are the drugs that interact with Entecavir?

Drugs that interact with Entecavir include the following:

  • Acetaminophen
  • Acyclovir
  • Adefovir
  • Bacampicillin
  • Bacitracin
  • Cefuroxime
  • Celecoxib
  • Cephalexin
  • Delafloxacin
  • Etodolac
  • Kanamycin
  • Ketoprofen

This is not a comprehensive list of drug interactions. Consult your doctor to know more about other possible drug interactions.

What are the side effects of Entecavir?

The following are the most common side effects of Entecavir:

  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Tiredness

The following are the severe side effects and you may require immediate medical attention:

  • Trouble breathing
  • Swelling of the face, tongue and throat
  • Loss of appetite
  • Tightness in the chest
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Increased heart rate

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Please consult your doctor to know more about other possible side effects.

What special precautions should be followed while taking Entecavir?

  • Avoid taking the medicine if you are allergic to Entecavir or similar drugs.
  • Do not drive or operate heavy machinery if Entecavir causes dizziness or blurred vision.
  • Avoid consumption of alcohol as it may alter the absorption of Entecavir.
  • Do not stop taking the medication abruptly unless instructed by the doctor. Stopping the medication suddenly may cause the illness to return.

You are advised not to take Entecavir if

  • it has passed the expiry date of the medicine printed on the pack.
  • the foil or packaging is torn or shows signs of tampering or there is discolouration.

What should you tell your doctor before taking Entecavir?

  • Tell your doctor if you have any history of heart, liver and kidney diseases.
  • Inform the doctor if you are taking any other drugs, OTC medications, herbal products or nutritional supplements.
  • Notify your doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
  • Inform your doctor if you are allergic to Entecavir or similar drugs.
  • Inform your doctor about the usage of Entecavir before any scheduled surgery.

Frequently Asked Questions about Entecavir

  1. How should Entecavir be stored?
  2. Entecavir should be stored at room temperature (15-30 °C) away from sunlight.

  3. Can I take Aspirin for treating headache while on Entecavir?
  4. It is advisable not to take any drug while on Entecavir as it may cause drug interactions. Therefore, please consult your doctor before taking any drug.

  5. Do I need to be monitored for any laboratory parameters while taking Entecavir?
  6. Yes. You should be monitored for liver function while taking Entecavir. Please consult your doctor for further information.

  7. Is it normal to gain weight while taking Entecavir?
  8. Please consult your doctor if you gain weight while taking Entecavir.


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