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Telbivudine Side Effects

Common Side Effects

Telbivudine has been studied extensively in clinical trials. In these studies, the side effects that occurred in a group of people taking telbivudine were documented and then compared to those that occurred in a similar group of people taking a different hepatitis medicine.
In these studies, the most common telbivudine side effects included:
  • Fatigue -- in up to 13 percent of people
  • Increases in blood levels of creatine kinase (an enzyme found in the body that can be increased due to muscle damage) -- up to 11 percent
  • Headache -- up to 10 percent
  • Cough -- up to 6 percent
  • Diarrhea -- up to 6 percent
  • Upper abdominal (stomach) pain -- up to 6 percent
  • Nausea -- up to 5 percent
  • Sore throat -- up to 5 percent.
Other common side effects, occurring in 2 percent to 4 percent of people, included:
  • Joint pain
  • Fever
  • Rash
  • Back pain
  • Dizziness
  • General abdominal (stomach) pain
  • Muscle aches
  • Heartburn or indigestion
  • Insomnia
  • Stomach swelling
  • Itching
  • Abnormal liver enzymes.

Final Thoughts

You may experience some or none of the telbivudine side effects listed in this article. Unfortunately, there is no way for your healthcare provider to know beforehand if you will have problems with a medicine that you have never tried.
Therefore, make sure to let your healthcare provider know if you develop any side effects while taking this drug or if something "just does not seem right." While it may not be related to the medication, your healthcare provider will be able to diagnose and treat the problem.

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