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About Hepsera

What Hepsera is used for

  • HEPSERA is used to treat adults with continuing (chronic) infection with active hepatitis B virus.

What Hepsera does

  • HEPSERA binds to viral DNA to interfere with replication of the virus and helps lower the amount of hepatitis B virus in your body.

  • HEPSERA will not cure your chronic hepatitis B.

  • HEPSERA may help lower the amount of hepatitis B virus in your body.

  • It is not known how long HEPSERA may help your hepatitis. Sometimes viruses change in your body and medications no longer work. This is called drug resistance.

  • It is not known if HEPSERA will reduce your chances of getting liver cancer or liver damage (cirrhosis) from chronic hepatitis B.

  • HEPSERA does not stop you from spreading hepatitis B to others by sex or sharing needles. It is important to practice safe sex and not to share needles.

When Hepsera should not be used

Together with your doctor, you need to decide whether HEPSERA is right for you.

  • Do not take HEPSERA if you are allergic to any of the ingredients in HEPSERA (see What the important nonmedicinal ingredients are:).

  • Do not take HEPSERA if you are HIV positive.

  • Do not take HEPSERA if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

  • HEPSERA has not been studied in adults over the age of 65 or in persons under 18 years of age.

What the medicinal ingredient is

Adefovir dipivoxil.

What the important nonmedicinal ingredients for Hepsera are

Croscarmellose sodium, lactose monohydrate, magnesium stearate, pregelatinized starch, talc.

What dosage forms Hepsera comes in

HEPSERA is available as tablets. Each tablet contains 10 mg of adefovir dipivoxil. HEPSERA tablets are white, with “10” and “GILEAD” on one side and a picture of a liver on the other side. Each bottle contains 30 tablets and desiccant (silica gel) to absorb moisture, and closed with a child-resistant closure.


Warnings and Precautions

Serious Warnings and Precautions

  • Talk to your doctor before you stop taking HEPSERA. Some people who take HEPSERA get a very serious hepatitis when they stop taking HEPSERA. This usually happens within 12 weeks after you stop HEPSERA. You will need to have regular blood tests to check for liver function and hepatitis B virus levels if you stop taking HEPSERA.

  • HEPSERA may cause kidney problems. This can happen to anyone that uses HEPSERA, especially people who already have kidney problems. Your doctor may ask you to have blood tests to check for kidney function while you are taking HEPSERA. Since kidney problems often do not cause symptoms and are often only detected with blood tests, it is important to have all of your blood tests as instructed by your doctor.

  • If you get or have HIV infection (the virus that causes AIDS), and you don't know it, or if your HIV is not being treated while you are taking HEPSERA, HEPSERA may increase the chances of you developing resistance to HIV infection, as HEPSERA may have some anti-HIV activity. You should talk to your doctor to find out if you should have an HIV test before you start taking HEPSERA and whenever there is a change that you were exposed to HIV.

  • Some people who have taken nucleotide analog medications like HEPSERA, either alone or in combination with other anti-retroviral drugs, have developed a serious condition called lactic acidosis (build up of acid in the blood). Lactic acidosis is a medical emergency and must be treated in the hospital. (See table Serious Side Effects, How Often They Happen and What to Do About Them.) Some people who have taken medications like HEPSERA, have developed serious liver problems called hepatoxicity, with liver enlargement (hepatomegaly) and fat in the liver (steatosis). (See table Serious Side Effects, How Often They Happen and What to Do About Them.) You may be more likely to get lactic acidosis or serious liver problems if you are very overweight (obese) or have been taking nucleotide analog medicines, like HEPSERA, for a long time.

BEFORE you use HEPSERA talk to your doctor or pharmacist if:

  • You know that you are pregnant or suspect that you may be pregnant, so that you can discuss the risk and benefit of taking HEPSERA. It is not known if HEPSERA can harm your unborn child.

  • You are breastfeeding.

  • You have kidney problems now or had them before.

  • You are taking other medications that affect how your kidneys work.

  • You think you may have HIV (the virus that causes AIDS).


Interactions with Hepsera

Tell your doctor about all the medications you take. Some medications may affect how HEPSERA (adefovir dipivoxil) works, especially medications that affect how your kidneys work. Do not take any other medications while you are taking HEPSERA, until you have checked with your doctor.


Proper Use of Hepsera

Usual dose

  • The usual adult dose is one HEPSERA 10 mg tablet orally (by mouth) once a day.

  • Your doctor may prescribe a different dosing schedule if you have problems with your kidneys.

  • HEPSERA may be taken with or without food.

  • Do not stop taking HEPSERA without consulting your doctor. Your hepatitis may get worse if you stop taking HEPSERA.

Overdose

  • If you took more than the prescribed dose of HEPSERA, contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately.

Missed dose

  • If you miss your regular time for taking your dose, but then remember it during that same day, take your missed dose immediately.

  • Then, take your next dose at the regularly scheduled time the following day.

  • Do not take two doses of HEPSERA at once to make up for missing a dose.

  • If you are not sure what to do if you miss taking your medication check with your doctor or pharmacist for further instructions.


Side Effects for Hepsera and What to Do About Them

The most common side effects of HEPSERA are weakness, headache, stomach pain and nausea.

These are not all the possible side effects of HEPSERA. Your doctor, nurse or pharmacist can discuss with you a more complete list of possible side effects with HEPSERA. You should report any new or continuing symptoms to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist.

Serious Side Effects, How Often They Happen and What to Do About Them
Symptoms/Effect Talk with your doctor or pharmacist in all cases
Rare (approximately 1 in 1000 patients) Effect: Lactic acidosisSymptoms:  
You feel very weak or tired.
You have unusual (not normal) muscle pain.
You have stomach pain with nausea and vomiting.
You feel cold especially in your arms and legs.
You feel dizzy or lightheaded.
You have a fast or irregular heartbeat.
Very Rare (approximately 1 in 10 000 patients) Effect: Severe liver problems called hepatotoxicity with liver enlargement (hepatomegaly) and fat in the liver (steatosis)Symptoms:  
Your skin or the white part of your eyes turns yellow (jaundice).
Your urine turns dark.
Your bowel movements (stools) turn light in color.
You don't feel like eating food for several days or longer.
You feel sick to your stomach (nausea).
You have lower stomach pain.

Lactic acidosis is a medical emergency and must be treated in the hospital. You may be more likely to get lactic acidosis or serious liver problems if you are very overweight (obese) or have been taking nucleotide analog medicines, like HEPSERA, for a long time.

This is not a complete list of side effects. For any unexpected effects while taking HEPSERA, contact your doctor or pharmacist.


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