Doctors have prescribed BARACLUDE to treat chronic hepatitis B (CHB) patients in
over 50 countries worldwide.
If you have been diagnosed with chronic hepatitis B
(CHB)A condition that occurs when one is infected with hepatitis B
virus for more than 6 months. Often referred to as a "silent" disease, the virus
infects the liver, damaging it over time, often without any symptoms.
, it may be
hard to understand why you should talk with your doctor. After all, not everyone
needs treatment for CHB and you may feel fine. But if the
hepatitis B virus (HBV)A type of virus that infects the liver, and
may damage it over time. The virus can be transmitted from mother to child during
childbirth. It can also be spread through unprotected sex, IV drug use, needle sharing,
and contact with infected blood, semen, vaginal, and other bodily fluids.
is multiplying in your body, you could develop liverThe largest internal organ in the body. The liver performs many important
tasks to keep the body healthy. It removes harmful toxins from the blood and helps
digest food by turning it into energy and nutrients the body can use.
damage without knowing it. That's why it's important to see your doctor regularly
even if you have no symptoms!
If you are a candidate for treatment, your doctor may recommend BARACLUDE. BARACLUDE
(entecavir) is a prescription medicine used to treat chronic hepatitis B virus (HBV)
in adults who have active virus and liver damage. BARACLUDE is one of several treatment
options for chronic hepatitis B your doctor may consider.
- Currently there is no cure for HBV. BARACLUDE will not cure HBV
- BARACLUDE may:
- lower the amount of HBV in the body
- lower the ability of HBV to multiply and infect new liver cells
- improve the condition of your liver
- It is not known whether BARACLUDE will reduce the chances of getting
liver cancer or liver damage (cirrhosis), which may be caused by chronic HBV infection
- It is not known if BARACLUDE is safe and effective for use in children
BARACLUDE does not stop you from spreading the virus to others, such as by sex,
sharing needles, or being exposed to your blood, so it's important to take steps
to prevent the spread of HBV. Learn more
Some of the most important safety information you should know about BARACLUDE:
Your hepatitis B virus infection may get worse if you stop taking BARACLUDE. This usually happens within 6 months after stopping BARACLUDE. Take BARACLUDE exactly as prescribed; do not run out of your medicine or stop taking BARACLUDE without talking to your healthcare provider. Your healthcare provider should monitor your health and do regular blood tests to check your liver if you stop taking BARACLUDE.
Read Important Safety Information about BARACLUDE, including Boxed WARNINGS about the worsening of hepatitis B virus infection if you stop taking Baraclude and monitoring of your health, the development of resistance to certain HIV medicines in those with untreated HIV, buildup of acid in the blood and serious liver problems that can cause death in some people who have taken Baraclude or medicines like Baraclude, below.