Baraclude may increase the risk of severe and sometimes fatal lactic acidosis (buildup of lactic acid in the blood) or liver problems when used alone or with other medicines. Contact your doctor right away if you experience muscle pain, fast or irregular heartbeat, stomach pain, trouble breathing, unusually cold feeling in the arms or legs, unusual tiredness or fatigue, yellowing of the skin or eyes, dark urine, pale stools, or persistent loss of appetite.
A severe worsening of your condition may occur if you stop taking Baraclude . Do not change your dose or stop taking Baraclude without first talking to your doctor. Lab tests, including liver function tests, may be performed for at least several months after you stop taking Baraclude .
Baraclude should not be used in patients who also have HIV infection and are not receiving highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART). If you have HIV infection of think that you may have been exposed to HIV, talk with your doctor before you begin to take Baraclude .
Treating hepatitis B virus infection in certain patients.
Baraclude is a nucleoside analogue. It works by reducing the amount of hepatitis B virus in the blood. It also helps prevent the hepatitis B virus from multiplying and infecting new liver cells.
Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.
Some medical conditions may interact with Baraclude . Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:
Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with Baraclude . Tell your health care provider if you are taking any other medicines, especially any of the following:
This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if Baraclude may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.
Use Baraclude as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.
Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use Baraclude .
All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:
Diarrhea; dizziness; drowsiness; headache; indigestion; nausea; tiredness; trouble sleeping; vomiting.Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:
Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); dark-colored urine; difficulty breathing; fast or irregular heartbeat; feeling cold, especially in the arms or legs; light-colored bowel movements; loss of appetite for several days; muscle pain; severe dizziness or lightheadedness; severe or prolonged nausea or vomiting; severe tiredness; stomach pain (with or without nausea or vomiting); weakness; yellowing of the skin or eyes.
This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, contact your health care provider. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088. You may also report side effects at http://www.fda.gov/medwatch.
Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center (http://www.aapcc.org), or emergency room immediately.Proper storage of Baraclude :
Store Baraclude at 77 degrees F (25 degrees C). Brief storage at temperatures between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 to 30 degrees C) is permitted. Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep Baraclude out of the reach of children and away from pets.
This information is a summary only. It does not contain all information about Baraclude . If you have questions about the medicine you are taking or would like more information, check with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.