Patient Medicine Information
Why do I need this medicine?
Adefovir is a medicine used to treat viral infections.

It is used to treat long-term hepatitis B virus infection of the liver.

Adefovir decreases the amount of virus in your body and therefore reduces further liver damage.
How do I take this medicine?
Take Adefovir exactly as directed by your doctor or according to the instructions on the label. Do not take more or less than instructed by your doctor.

You may take it with or without food. Try to take it at the same time each day.

This medicine must be taken regularly for it to be effective. Continue to take this medicine even when you feel better. Do not stop taking it unless instructed by the doctor.

You must complete the entire course of medicine. If you don't, the infection will not be properly controlled.
What should I do if I have forgotten to take this medicine?
Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and return to your normal dosing schedule.

DO NOT double a dose under any circumstances.

If you often forget to take your medicine, let your doctor and pharmacist know.
When should I not use this medicine?
Alert your doctor if you ever had an allergic reaction (breathlessness, rashes, swollen eyes) to similar antiviral medications.
What should I take note of while taking this medicine?
Inform your doctor if you have the following conditions:

- kidney disease
- Hepatitis C

Let your doctor know if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

Hepatitis B can be passed to other people through blood and body fluids. Follow your doctor's advise on ways to prevent passing the disease.
What side effects could I experience?
Adefovir may cause any of the following side effects: body weakness, diarrhoea, nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, stomach wind, indigestion, headache and rashes.

If you develop rashes, breathlessness, swollen mouth or eyes, stop taking Adefovir and inform your doctor quickly. These could be signs of an allergic reaction.

Inform your doctor if any of these side effects do not go away or are severe, or if you experience other side effects.
Can I take this with other medicines?
Inform your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any of these medicines:

- medicines used in organ transplant or certain immune disorders e.g. ciclosporin, tacrolimus
- certain antibiotics e.g. vancomycin, pentamidine
- medicines for pain and inflammation e.g. aspirin, ibuprofen

This list does not include all medicines that may interact with Adefovir.

Always notify your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any other medicines, including herbal tonics such as traditional Chinese medicines, supplements and medicines that you buy without a prescription.
What special dietary instructions should I follow?
Avoid alcohol.
How should I store this medicine?
Store in a cool, dry place away from the reach of children.

Medicines must not be used past the expiry date.
This information is independently developed by MIMS based on adefovir-oral and is provided for your reference only. It is not a replacement for and should only be used in conjunction with full consultation with a licensed healthcare professional, the information provided by your pharmacist and/or the manufacturer of the medication. It may not contain all the available information you require and cannot substitute professional medical care, nor does it take into account all individual circumstances. Although great effort has been made to ensure content accuracy, we shall not be held responsible or liable for any claims or damages arising from the use or misuse of the information contained herein, its contents or omissions, or otherwise. Copyright © 2022 MIMS. All rights reserved. Powered by
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