Hepsera Side Effects
What should I watch for?
Visit your doctor or health care professional for regular check ups. Discuss any new symptoms with your doctor. You will need to have important blood work done while on this medicine. Blood tests will be used to check your liver function and hepatitis B virus levels.
A worsening of hepatitis can occur after stopping this medicine. Talk to your doctor before you stop taking this medicine. If you must stop the medicine, follow all the directions of your doctor.
Hepatitis B is spread to others through sexual or blood contact. Talk to your doctor about how to stop the spread of hepatitis B. This medicine will not cure hepatitis B infection and you can still get other problems associated with your disease or pass hepatitis B to others.
Common and Rare Side Effects
Along with its needed effects, a medicine may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.
Check with your doctor immediately if any of the following side effects occur:
general tiredness and weakness
upper right abdomen or stomach pain
yellow eyes and skin
Blood in the urine
change in frequency of urination or amount of urine
loss of appetite
swelling of the feet or lower legs
Fast, shallow breathing
general feeling of discomfort
muscle pain or cramping
shortness of breath
unusual tiredness or weakness
Incidence not known
bone fractures, especially of the thigh bone
decreased frequency or amount of urine
increase in the amount of urine
increased blood pressure
lower back or side pain
pains in the stomach, side, or abdomen, possibly radiating to the back
swelling of the face, fingers, or lower legs
Some side effects may occur that usually do not need medical attention. These side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine. Also, your health care professional may be able to tell you about ways to prevent or reduce some of these side effects. Check with your health care professional if any of the following side effects continue or are bothersome or if you have any questions about them:
Abdominal or stomach pain
lack or loss of strength
Other side effects not listed may also occur in some patients. If you notice any other effects, check with your healthcare professional.
Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.