Hepseraand/or alternativesChemical Ingredient: Adefovir Dipivoxil
What is a generic medication?
Generic medications are significantly discounted copies of brand name medication that have the same active ingredients, intended use, dosage, side effects, effects, and route of administration as the original brand name medication. In other words, generic medications have the same pharmacological effects as their brand-name counterparts. Over half of all prescribed medications are for generic medications.
- Manufactured by Alcura
- Product of United Kingdom • Shipped from United Kingdom
- Prescription Required
- Marketed as Apo-Adefovir Dipivoxil in Canada
- Manufactured by Apotex Corporation
- Product of Canada • Shipped from Canada
- Prescription Required
Hepsera Helps Treat the Following Conditions:
Hepatitis B is a liver disease, with symptoms usually manifesting between one to four months after infection. These can include: fever, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, and joint pain. Fatigue, dark urine, and the yellowing eyes of and/or skin are additional symptoms.
Most adult patients recover from the disease, though there is a risk of chronic infection. Such patients have an increased risk of liver failure, liver cancer, and cirrhosis.
Hepsera Active Ingredient
Generic Hepsera Alternative: Adefovir
Hepsera contains the active ingredient adefovir dipivoxil, a nucleotide analog which prevents viruses from replicating in the body. Hepsera is prescribed to patients 12 and older with hepatitis B. Hepsera helps to reduce the level of virus in the body, although it is not a cure.
General Drug Information
What is Hepsera and What Is It Used For?
Hepsera is prescribed to patients with hepatitis B. Patients must be at least twelve years old to receive treatment with this medication. Hepsera slows down the replication of hepatitis B in the body, though it is not a cure. Patients must take measures to ensure they do not pass hepatitis B to others.
Usage and Application
Before sourcing Hepsera or its generic alternatives online, please read the medication guide provided by your physician or pharmacist.
Take Hepsera exactly as prescribed. The dosage may vary, depending on each patient’s medical condition and response to treatment.
Most patients are usually directed to take Hepsera once a day, with or without food.
Patients should take Hepsera regularly in order to experience its full benefit. To prevent forgetting, take the medication at the same time each day. Do not increase or decrease your doses. Do not stop taking Hepsera unless directed to do so by your doctor or pharmacist. Refill your medication before it runs out.
Hepsera is not suitable for patients who have both hepatitis B and HIV. Patients should undergo HIV tests before and during Hepsera treatment. For more information, talk to your doctor or pharmacist.
A patient’s condition may worsen during or after treatment. Decreased response to treatment and infection by resistant strains of the virus may also occur. Patients should monitor all of their symptoms and alert their doctor to any new symptoms which occur during or after treatment.
Considerations Before Taking Hepsera
Before starting treatment, patients need to discuss the possibility of allergic reactions to Hepsera and its generic alternatives. This product may also contain inactive ingredients which can cause allergies.
Patients who shop for Hepsera online may encounter the drug under its generic name: adefovir dipivoxil.
It is vital to discuss the patient’s medical history before starting Hepsera treatment. Patients should report any HIV infection, kidney disease, or liver problems (e.g. liver transplant).
Pregnant women should only use Hepsera when clearly needed. Discuss the risks and benefits of Hepsera treatment with your doctor.
It is unknown whether Hepsera passes into breast milk. Due to possible risk, breastfeeding while taking this drug is not recommended. Women should consult their doctor before breast feeding.
Delayed and Omitted Doses
Patients who miss a dose of Hepsera should take it as soon as they remember. If this happens near the time of the next dose, patients should skip the missed dose and proceed as usual. Do not double the dose to catch up.
Other Medications and Hepsera
Drug interactions may change the way Hepsera works. This increases the risk of potential side effects. Before starting treatment, patients need to alert their doctor about all medications and supplements they are taking. They should not change their dose or stop taking this medication unless their doctor advises them to do so.
Certain medications may interact negatively with Hepsera. Examples include cidofovir, which treat cytomegalovirus retinitis in patients with AIDS. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like ibuprofen have a similar effect.
Hepsera should not be taken together with medicines that contain tenofovir (e.g. Vemlidy).
This is not a full list of all possible interactions. Please consult your physician before purchasing Hepsera or its generic alternatives online.
Many patients who take Hepsera will not experience serious side effects.
Common side effects, however, include: weakness, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and gas. Some patients may experience cough, fever, and headache. Patients should alert their doctor or pharmacist if any of these symptoms persist.
Serious side effects include kidney problems, which can manifest in symptoms like changes in the amount of urine.
Serious allergic reactions to Hepsera are rare, yet patients should be aware of symptoms like rash, itching and swelling of the tongue or throat, severe dizziness and trouble breathing.
How to Store Hepsera
Keep Hepsera in the original container and store at room temperature away from light and moisture. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep away from children and pets.
Unwanted medication should be disposed of properly and should not be poured into drains or flushed down the toilet. Patients should consult a pharmacist or their local waste disposal company to find out more about safe disposal methods.
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