What is Entehep 0.5 mg Tablet?
Entehep 0.5 mg tablet contains a salt called Entecavir. It belongs to the group of medications known as Antiviral drugs. Hepatitis B infection can cause both acute and chronic diseases. This medicine is used in the treatment of chronic hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection in adults and children above 2 years of age and more than 10 kg. It can be used in patients with liver damage or liver cancer. It works to prevent viral DNA polymerase enzyme action in the liver cells, which is necessary for the multiplication of viruses. This medicine is used in combination with other antiviral drugs to treat HIV infection.
What is the use of the drug Entecavir?
Entecavir is sold under the brand name Baraclude. It is manufactured in India by Zydus Cadila. It is an antiviral medicine. It works to fight against the hepatitis B virus in adults and children more than 2 years of age and above. Hepatitis B is a condition in which a patient may experience swelling and inflammation of the liver. It leads to liver damage or liver cancer. It belongs to a class of medications called nucleoside analogs. This medicine is not a cure for the hepatitis B virus but It may reduce the symptoms and restrict the capacity of HBV multiplication and infect new cells. It improves the conditions of the liver. It helps to prevent the spreading of viruses in the body.
What are the Hepatitis B virus, its causes, and its symptoms?
Hepatitis B is the most common severe liver infection in people. It is caused by the hepatitis B virus that attacks and damages the liver. Around two billion people have been infected and 300 million people are living with a chronic hepatitis B infection. Every year more than one million people die from hepatitis B. There are some vaccines available that are used to treat and prevent the virus in your body. Hepatitis B is transmitted through direct exposure to infected blood or body fluids. The most common is from an infected pregnant woman to a child during birth. Unsterile medical equipment, unprotected sex, infected needle, sharing of personal items, razors, toothbrushes, nail clippers, and body jewelry. It is also known as a “silent epidemic” because in the early stage most people do not have any kind of symptoms in the body. They spread viruses to others. It slowly damages your liver and this leads to liver cancer.
Symptoms of Hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection
Many people with hepatitis B have no symptoms. Some people with severe hepatitis B have symptoms after 2 to 5 months of being infected with the virus. It includes:
Dark yellow urine
Gray or clay-colored stools
Loss of appetite
Pain in the abdomen
Yellow eyes and skin called jaundice
Entehep 0.5 mg comes as a tablet and liquid solution to take by mouth. It is taken once a day on an empty stomach, at least 2 hours after a meal and at least 2 hours after the next meal. Take this medicine around the same time every day. Before taking medicine consult your doctor. The dose and duration will be decided on the necessity and need of the patient. It depends on the treatment and may change from time to time. You should take medicine as per your doctor’s advice. This medicine is strictly not recommended for children, pregnant women, and breastfeeding mothers. It takes some weeks and months to get a better result. Do not stop taking the medicine before your doctor’s advice.
The common side effects of this medicine include headache, nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, fatigue, diarrhea, and rash. You may experience some skin reactions or liver damage. Inform your doctor if these side effects remain for a long time. Your doctor should prevent and give relief from these side effects. You may feel better.
The benefit of Entehep 0.5 mg Tablet
- In the treatment of Hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection
Patients with chronic hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection, may experience liver damage or liver cancer. Entehep 0.5 mg works to stop the multiplication of the HBV virus in your body. It helps to manage the infection and makes the immune system strong so that it works better. This medicine is taken in combination with other antiviral medications. It is not a cure for the Hepatitis B virus but it reduces the symptoms and its spreading to other parts of the body. Follow your doctor’s advice and take all the doses in the right amount at the right time. It increases the effectiveness of this medicine.
Side effects of Entehep 0.5 mg Tablet
Here are Some major and minor side effects of this medicine. But not all side effects need a doctor’s attention. If you observe any side effects become serious, You may consult your doctor.
Some of the common side effects of this medicine include:
Increase blood level in liver
Low level of white blood cells
How Entehep 0.5 mg Tablet is taken?
Entehep 0.5 mg comes as a tablet and liquid solution to take by mouth. It is taken once a day on an empty stomach, at least 2 hours after a meal and at least 2 hours after the next meal. Take this medicine around the same time every day. Always take this medicine as per your doctor’s consultation. The dose and duration will be decided by your doctor. You are not allowed to crush, chew or break the medicine. Swallow it as a whole. Drink plenty of water. Do not miss the dose. If you miss a dose skip the missed dose and follow your schedule regularly on the next day. Do not double the dose. Take medicine every day on time as prescribed by your doctor. Many other medicines can affect this medicine so let your doctor know all medications you are using during the treatment.
How does an Entehep 0.5 mg Tablet work?
This medicine is an antiviral drug. It prevents the action of an enzyme (DNA polymerase) which damages the viral DNA growth. It prevents the multiplication of viruses. It stops the virus from making new viruses and slows the growth of infection in the body.