Adefovir Dipivoxil

What condition does Adefovir Dipivoxil treat?

Adefovir Dipivoxil is used to treat a chronic viral infection of the liver called hepatitis B. It usually occurs in people 12 years of age and older. Hepatitis B can cause scarring of liver failure, organ, and cancer. It spreads when people come in contact with open sores and blood. It may also spread through the body fluids of someone who has the condition.

Adefovir Dipivoxil is a nucleotide analog. This product comes as a tablet for oral use. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has already approved this medication.

How does Adefovir Dipivoxil work?

Adefovir Dipivoxil is an acyclic nucleotide analog of adenosine monophosphate. It is phosphorylated to the active metabolite Adefovir diphosphate by cellular kinases. Adefovir diphosphate inhibits the infection’s DNA polymerase. It is by competing with the natural substrate deoxyadenosine triphosphate. It may also by causing DNA chain termination after its incorporation into viral DNA. The inhibition constant for Adefovir diphosphate for the infection’s DNA polymerase. This drug is a weak inhibitor of human DNA polymerases. It slows the growth of the virus. It is by helping to lower the number of viruses in your body.

What is the recommended dosage for Adefovir Dipivoxil?

Adefovir Dipivoxil is to be taken by mouth usually once a day. Take it with a full glass of water. You may take it with or without food. The dosage is based on your medical condition and response.

It is important to take exactly as it is prescribed. Do not take more or often than the prescription. Remember to take it at the same time each day.

Treatment with this medication alone is not suitable for patients infected with both hepatitis B and HIV. An HIV test is recommended both before and during treatment to make sure you receive proper treatment. Consult your doctor for more information.

Worsening of your condition, reduced response to treatment, or infection by resistant strains of the virus might happen during or after treatment. Tell your doctor right away if any new symptoms that occur during or after treatment.

What are the side effects of Adefovir Dipivoxil?

  • Headache
  • Weakness
  • Increased cough
  • Fever
  • Stomach pain
  • Vomiting
  • Skin rash or itching
  • Diarrhea
  • Gas
  • Stomach pain

What are the precautions in taking Adefovir Dipivoxil?

  • Tell your doctor if you are taking prescription/non-prescription drugs or herbal products.
  • You may develop lactic acidosis. It is a dangerous build-up of lactic acid in your blood. This might be more likely if you’ve taken antiviral medication for a long time, if you have other medical conditions, or if you are a woman. Ask your doctor about your risk.
  • Call for medical help right away if an overdose is suspected.
  • Let your doctor know if you are allergic to the drug or if you have any allergies.
  • If any new symptoms occur while taking this medicine, tell your doctor.
  • It should only be used when needed for pregnant women.
  • Keep it in a dry and clean place to avoid some contaminations.