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What is Adefovir Dipivoxil used for?

Adefovir Dipivoxil is used to treat chronic hepatitis B (viral infection of the liver) in people who are 12 years of age and older. It belongs to a class of drugs known as nucleotide analogs. This medication works by slowing the growth of the virus. This medicine may also be used to treat other conditions as determined by your doctor.

What is the recommended dosage of Adefovir Dipivoxil?

The dosage of Adefovir Dipivoxil prescribed to each patient will vary. Always follow your physician’s instructions and/or the directions on the prescription drug label.

Adefovir Dipivoxil may be taken with or without food.

What if you miss a dose of Adefovir Dipivoxil?

If your physician has instructed or directed you to take Adefovir Dipivoxil medication in a regular schedule and you have missed a dose of this medicine, take it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, then skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not double the doses unless otherwise directed.

What if you overdose on Adefovir Dipivoxil?

Any medication taken in excess can have serious consequences. If you suspect an overdose of Adefovir Dipivoxil, seek medical attention immediately.

What other drugs could interact with Adefovir Dipivoxil?

It may be noted that drugs other than those listed above may also interact with Adefovir Dipivoxil.

Usually drug interactions occur when it is taken with another drug or with food. Before you take a medication for a particular ailment, you should inform the health expert about intake of any other medications including non-prescription medications, over-the-counter medicines that may increase the effect of Adefovir Dipivoxil, and dietary supplements like vitamins, minerals and herbal, so that the doctor can warn you of any possible drug interactions.

Adefovir Dipivoxil can interact with aminoglycosides and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.

Do let your doctor know if you smoke, consume alcohol or caffeinated drinks, or use illegal drugs as these may interfere with the action of your medication. Make sure to inform your doctor of any medical conditions you may have, or any family history of medical problems. Do not start or stop using any medicine without consulting your doctor.

What are the side effects of Adefovir Dipivoxil?

Like other medicines, Adefovir Dipivoxil can cause some side effects. If they do occur, the side effects of Adefovir Dipivoxil are most likely to be minor and temporary. However, some may be serious and may require the individual to inform the doctor or visit the nearest hospital immediately.

It is pertinent to note that side effects of Adefovir Dipivoxil cannot be anticipated. If any side effects of Adefovir Dipivoxil develop or change in intensity, the doctor should be informed as soon as possible.

Adefovir Dipivoxil can cause side effects such as headache, weakness, stomach pain, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, and flatulence. This is not a complete list of all side effects. Do concur with your doctor and follow his directions completely when you are taking Adefovir Dipivoxil.

What are the questions to ask your doctor before taking Adefovir Dipivoxil?

Is it possible for me to take Adefovir Dipivoxil with other drugs?
Should certain beverages, foods and other products be avoided when I take Adefovir Dipivoxil?
What are the possible drug interactions of Adefovir Dipivoxil?
How will Adefovir Dipivoxil work in my body?
How should Adefovir Dipivoxil be taken?
How to reduce the risk of Adefovir Dipivoxil drug interactions and side effects?


The health and medical information provided here is intended to supplement and not substitute for the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacists or other health care professional. It should not be understood to indicate that the use of Adefovir Dipivoxil is safe, appropriate or effective for you. Always consult your health care professional before using this, or any other, drug.


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