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Telbivudine is used in the treatment of hiv infection and chronic hepatitis b virus (hbv) infection.

How it works

Telbivudine prevents the multiplication of HIV virus in human cells. Thus stops the HIV virus from producing new viruses.

Common side effects

Fatigue, Headache, Nausea, Decreased appetite, Indigestion, Fever, Feeling of discomfort, Dizziness, Muscle pain, Joint pain, Abdominal distension, Insomnia (difficulty in sleeping), Rash, Back pain, Liver damage

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Expert advice

  • Do consult your doctor if you have a kidney problem, liver transplant or have liver cirrhosis.
  • Contact your doctor immediately in case of persistent unexplained muscle pain, joint pain, weakness, numbness/tingling in arms and legs.
  • Do not use telbivudine during pregnancy and breast-feeding. If you have hepatitis B and become pregnant, consult your doctor about how you can best protect your baby.

Frequently asked questions


Q. How does Telbivudine work?
Telbivudine decreases the amount of Hepatitis B virus in the body by blocking its growth.

Content on this page was last updated on 02 March, 2017, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)