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    Information about Entecavir

    Entecavir uses

    Entecavir is used in the treatment of chronic hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection.

    How entecavir works

    Entecavir is an antiviral medication. It prevents the multiplication of virus in human cells. This stops the virus from producing new viruses and clears up your infection.

    Common side effects of entecavir

    Headache, Nausea, Dizziness, Tiredness
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    Sakshi Sharma
    Last updated on:
    18 Jan 2019 | 12:09 PM (IST)
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    Expert advice for Entecavir

    • You have been prescribed Entecavir for the treatment of chronic hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection.
    • It may also be used in combination with other medicines for the treatment of HIV infections.
    • Take it with food, as this increases the absorption of the medicine into the body.
    • Entecavir may cause dizziness or sleepiness. Do not drive or do anything requiring concentration until you know how it affects you.
    • You may still develop infections or other illnesses associated with viral infection while taking this medication.
    • You can also pass on HIV or HBV to others. Don't share needles or personal items that can have blood or body fluids on them.
    • During treatment and for at least six months after stopping this medicine, regular blood tests are needed to monitor your liver function, level of hepatitis B virus and blood cells in your blood.

    Frequently asked questions for Entecavir


    Q. Can the use of Entecavir cure my hepatitis B?

    No, Entecavir does not cure hepatitis B. However, it is very helpful in the treatment of hepatitis b. It reduces the number of hepatitis-causing organism in your body and reduces their ability to infect new organisms. It also improves the condition of your liver.

    Q. For how long should I take Entecavir?

    Entecavir should be taken for the duration that is prescribed by your doctor. Usually, it is taken once daily for an entire year.

    Content on this page was last updated on 18 January, 2019, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)