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Telbivudine is used for treating long term infection of hepatitis B virus in patients who may also show signs of liver damage.

How it works

Telbivudine belongs to a class of drugs called nucleoside analogues. It decreases the amount of hepatitis B virus in the body by blocking its growth, resulting in less liver damage and improved liver function.

Common side effects

Joint pain, Back pain, Diarrhoea, Headache, Insomnia, Muscle pain, Muscle weakness, Skin rash, Itching


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 03 October, 2016, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)