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Generic name: entecavir

Bristol-Myers Squibb

What it does:
Treats chronic hepatitis B. May also help inhibit HIV replication, although this use has not been studied

Traditional dosage:
0.5 or 1.0 mg, once daily, in tablet form or oral solution. Should be taken without food, on an empty stomach at least two hours after a meal and two hours before the next meal

Drug interactions, precautions, & recommendations:
People with HIV should be receiving antiretroviral treatment for that as well, as resistance to anti-HIV drugs may develop otherwise. May affect concentration of drugs that reduce kidney function or vice versa. Those with decreased kidney function may need to reduce dosage.

Side effects:
Most serious: worsening of hepatitis B after discontinuation of treatment, other liver problems, buildup of lactic acid in the blood Other: headache, fatigue, dizziness, nausea
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