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Generic name: telbivudine


Traditional dosage:
One 600-mg tablet, once daily, or 30 milliliters of oral solution for patients who have difficulty swallowing tablets

What it does:
Treats hepatitis B

Drug interactions, precautions, & recommendations:
Do not take Pegasys. If using oral solution, close bottle and clean dosing cup immediately after dosing, keep cup dry between uses, and do not use for anything else.

Side effects:
Most serious: buildup of lactic acid in body, severe liver problems, muscle pain or weakness, nerve problems, flare-up of hepatitis B after discontinuation Other: diarrhea, abdominal pain or swelling, cough, headache, dizziness, sore throat, fever

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