Generic Name: Adefovir (a DEF o veer)
Brand Name: Hepsera
Medically reviewed by Drugs.com. Last updated on Oct 1, 2019.
- Hepatitis B has gotten worse when Hepsera (adefovir) was stopped in some people with hepatitis B. Sometimes this has been deadly. Close follow-up for a few months is needed when therapy is stopped in people who have hepatitis B. Do not stop taking Hepsera (adefovir) without calling your doctor. Talk with your doctor.
- Rarely, Hepsera (adefovir) may cause a swollen liver and a buildup of acid in the blood. Sometimes, this may be deadly. The risk may be higher in women, in overweight people, and in people who have taken drugs like this one for a long time.
- This medicine may cause kidney function to get worse in people with or at risk of kidney problems. Talk with your doctor if you have kidney disease.
- If you have HIV that is not being treated, it may become harder to treat after taking Hepsera (adefovir). HIV testing needs to be done before taking Hepsera (adefovir). Talk with your doctor.
Uses of Hepsera:
- It is used to treat hepatitis B infection.
What do I need to tell my doctor BEFORE I take Hepsera?
- If you have an allergy to adefovir or any other part of Hepsera (adefovir).
- If you are allergic to Hepsera (adefovir); any part of Hepsera (adefovir); or any other drugs, foods, or substances. Tell your doctor about the allergy and what signs you had.
- If you are taking a drug that has tenofovir in it.
This is not a list of all drugs or health problems that interact with Hepsera (adefovir).
Tell your doctor and pharmacist about all of your drugs (prescription or OTC, natural products, vitamins) and health problems. You must check to make sure that it is safe for you to take Hepsera (adefovir) with all of your drugs and health problems. Do not start, stop, or change the dose of any drug without checking with your doctor.
What are some things I need to know or do while I take Hepsera?
- Tell all of your health care providers that you take Hepsera (adefovir). This includes your doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and dentists.
- Have blood work checked as you have been told by the doctor. Talk with the doctor.
- This medicine is not a cure for hepatitis infection. Stay under the care of your doctor.
- This medicine does not stop the spread of diseases like HIV or hepatitis that are passed through blood or having sex. Do not have any kind of sex without using a latex or polyurethane condom. Do not share needles or other things like toothbrushes or razors.
- This medicine is not approved for use in children younger than 12 years old. Talk with the doctor.
- Tell your doctor if you are pregnant, plan on getting pregnant, or are breast-feeding. You will need to talk about the benefits and risks to you and the baby.
How is this medicine (Hepsera) best taken?
Use Hepsera (adefovir) as ordered by your doctor. Read all information given to you. Follow all instructions closely.
- Take with or without food.
- Take Hepsera (adefovir) at the same time of day.
- It is important that you do not miss or skip a dose of Hepsera (adefovir) during treatment.
- Keep taking Hepsera (adefovir) as you have been told by your doctor or other health care provider, even if you feel well.
- If you are on dialysis and are taking Hepsera (adefovir) on the day you get dialysis, take it after your dialysis. If you have questions, talk with your doctor.
What do I do if I miss a dose?
- Take a missed dose as soon as you think about it.
- If it is close to the time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your normal time.
- Do not take 2 doses at the same time or extra doses.
- If you are not sure what to do if you miss a dose, call your doctor.
What are some side effects that I need to call my doctor about right away?
WARNING/CAUTION: Even though it may be rare, some people may have very bad and sometimes deadly side effects when taking a drug. Tell your doctor or get medical help right away if you have any of the following signs or symptoms that may be related to a very bad side effect:
- Signs of an allergic reaction, like rash; hives; itching; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin with or without fever; wheezing; tightness in the chest or throat; trouble breathing, swallowing, or talking; unusual hoarseness; or swelling of the mouth, face, lips, tongue, or throat.
- Signs of liver problems like dark urine, feeling tired, not hungry, upset stomach or stomach pain, light-colored stools, throwing up, or yellow skin or eyes.
- Signs of too much lactic acid in the blood (lactic acidosis) like fast breathing, fast heartbeat, a heartbeat that does not feel normal, very bad upset stomach or throwing up, feeling very sleepy, shortness of breath, feeling very tired or weak, very bad dizziness, feeling cold, or muscle pain or cramps.
- Signs of kidney problems like unable to pass urine, change in how much urine is passed, blood in the urine, or a big weight gain.
- Signs of low phosphate levels like change in eyesight, feeling confused, mood changes, muscle pain or weakness, shortness of breath or other breathing problems, or trouble swallowing.
What are some other side effects of Hepsera?
All drugs may cause side effects. However, many people have no side effects or only have minor side effects. Call your doctor or get medical help if any of these side effects or any other side effects bother you or do not go away:
- Stomach pain or diarrhea.
- Upset stomach or throwing up.
- Feeling tired or weak.
These are not all of the side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, call your doctor. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.
You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-332-1088. You may also report side effects at https://www.fda.gov/medwatch.
If OVERDOSE is suspected:
If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.
How do I store and/or throw out Hepsera?
- Store in the original container at room temperature.
- Store in a dry place. Do not store in a bathroom.
- Keep all drugs in a safe place. Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
- Throw away unused or expired drugs. Do not flush down a toilet or pour down a drain unless you are told to do so. Check with your pharmacist if you have questions about the best way to throw out drugs. There may be drug take-back programs in your area.
Consumer information use
- If your symptoms or health problems do not get better or if they become worse, call your doctor.
- Do not share your drugs with others and do not take anyone else's drugs.
- Some drugs may have another patient information leaflet. Check with your pharmacist. If you have any questions about Hepsera (adefovir), please talk with your doctor, nurse, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
- If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.
Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.
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- Drug class: nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors (NRTIs)