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Adefovir-Dipivoxil is a brand name for Adefovir, an antiviral agent with strong action in the prevention of viral multiplication. It also hinders the spread of existing viruses to new cells in the organism.
Adefovir-Dipivoxil is typically prescribed in adult patients that are suffering from chronic hepatitis B, however it may only serve to control the affection and prevent further damage as Adefovir-Dipivoxil is not a cure for the disease.
Health care professionals may decide to employ Adefovir-Dipivoxil in the case of patients that are suffering from other medical affections as well. If you would like more information regarding the possible uses of Adefovir-Dipivoxil or if you are interested to learn more regarding the reasons you have been prescribed therapy with Adefovir-Dipivoxil, it is best that you consult the prescriber or a specialized health care provider such as a pharmacist.
You should not take Adefovir-Dipivoxil if you are allergic to Adefovir or to similar medications. In such cases it is best to consult your prescriber regarding alternative therapy methods.
Adefovir-Dipivoxil may not be suitable for the treatment of patients suffering from kidney or liver disease, or for the treatment of pregnant or breast-feeding women. You should consult your personal health care provider in order to determine the benefits and risks of a therapy with Adefovir-Dipivoxil if you are in any of the above situations.
Adefovir-Dipivoxil may cause lactic acidosis or severe kidney problems. These may occur months after finishing your therapy course with Adefovir; in order to prevent such complications, the supervising health care professional will schedule regular follow-up visits to monitor your organism's response to the treatment. It is best that you do not miss any follow-up appointments with your physician.
Adefovir-Dipivoxil does not prevent the transmission of the disease to other individuals. While following the medication treatment it is best to continue using the regular prophylactic methods that help ensure that you do not pass the disease to other people.
Your prescriber will provide you with a detailed list of Adefovir-Dipivoxil intake directions. It is best that you closely follow the prescriber's indications. If you have any questions or if you have trouble understanding the guidelines, it is best to ask him or her for further explanations.
Regular blood testing and clinical examinations should be performed in order to monitor the organism's response to the treatment, and you should remain under medical care for the entire duration of the therapy. The medical monitoring will continue even after stopping the treatment, and it is very important that you do not miss any follow up appointments. If the Adefovir-Dipivoxil doses cause stomach upset, taking the medicine with food or water may help prevent this.
Your prescriber will determine the Adefovir-Dipivoxil dosage most appropriate to your case by evaluating your general health conditions and medical history while also taking into account a number of other case specific factors. As such, it is most likely that the medication dosage that you will be prescribed will be different from the dosage prescribed to other patients. You should only take the dosage that has been recommended in your case, as otherwise the treatment may not yield the expected results. If you are unsure that you have the correct dosage, it is best to consult the prescriber.
Taking higher doses of Adefovir-Dipivoxil may result in an overdose. This is typically manifested through such symptoms as diarrhea, nausea and vomiting, although other stomach problems have also been reported. Taken in large quantities, Adefovir-Dipivoxil may cause severe complications and in most cases emergency medical attention is required. As such, if you think you are suffering from an overdose with Adefovir-Dipivoxil, you should immediately contact the regional or local poisons center or the nearest medical facility in order to receive prompt medical assistance.
It is strongly suggested to set up a strict medication schedule in order to avoid missing any Adefovir-Dipivoxil doses. Taking the medicine at around the same time every day helps reduce the chances of accidentally forgetting to take any of your doses. If you require assistance in setting up a proper intake schedule, your personal physician can help you. While missing a dose of the medicine is not likely to cause severe harmful effects, missing several of your Adefovir-Dipivoxil intakes may result in the therapy losing its effectiveness.
In case you have missed an intake of your medication, it is best that you take the dose as soon as you remember unless it is almost time for another scheduled Adefovir-Dipivoxil intake - in such cases it is best to completely skip the missed dose and continue taking the doses as usual.
Severe side effects associated with Adefovir-Dipivoxil treatment include allergic reactions, changes in the urine quantity, muscle tenderness, weakness or pain, jaundice, dark urine, stools that have the aspect and color of clay, nausea and vomiting, stomach pain, appetite loss, low fever, arrhythmia or tachycardia, lightheadedness, fainting, breathing problems or numbness or cold sensations in the extremities. Several other side effects are possible as well; if you happen to experience any unusual signs or symptoms during your treatment with Adefovir-Dipivoxil, you should contact your personal physician.
There are several drugs and medicines that may interact with Adefovir-Dipivoxil. The most common of these include antibiotics and antiviral medication, cancer medicines, analgesics or arthritis medication, HIV medication and drugs prescribed in the prevention of organ transplant rejection. Amphotericin B and Pentamidine may also interact with Adefovir-Dipivoxil and as such a simultaneous treatment with these medicines should be avoided. For a full list of the possible drug interactions it is best to consult a specialized health care professional such as a pharmacist.