Some general considerations to keep in mind during treatment with telbivudine include the following:
- This medication comes in tablet form. It is normally taken by mouth once a day.
- Telbivudine can be taken with or without food. Try taking it with food if it bothers your stomach.
- Try to take this medication at the same time each day to keep an even level of the drug in your bloodstream.
- For the medication to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed. Do not stop taking it without first talking to your healthcare provider. Your hepatitis B infection may get worse if you stop taking this medication.
The dose of telbivudine your healthcare provider recommends may vary, depending on how well your kidneys work. As is always the case, do not adjust your dosage unless your healthcare provider specifically tells you to do so.
(Click Telbivudine Dosage for more information.)
Telbivudine may react with a few other medicines (see Drug Interactions With Telbivudine).
At this time, it is not entirely clear what to expect from an overdose with this medication. If you take too much telbivudine, seek immediate medical attention.
(Click Tyzeka Overdose for more information.)
Telbivudine tablets should be stored in the original container at room temperature. Keep this and all other medications out of the reach of children and pets.