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What Is Telbivudine Used For?

How Does This Medicine Work?

Telbivudine is an antiviral medication. It works by preventing viral cells from multiplying in the body. It does this by blocking a process that the virus needs in order to multiply.
 
When the HBV infects a person, it uses the person's own cells to reproduce. However, HBV's genetic information is in the form of RNA, not DNA (like people). So, the virus must first convert its genetic material from RNA to DNA. A special protein called the reverse transcriptase enzyme is necessary for this conversion to occur.
 
Telbivudine resembles building blocks (known as nucleotides) that reverse transcriptase uses to convert RNA into DNA. However, it is just different enough that when used to create DNA, the medication actually stops the DNA from being made. Without DNA, the virus cannot multiply.
 

Can Children Use It?

Telbivudine is approved for use in people 16 years of age and older. It has not been adequately studied in younger individuals.
 

Is It Safe for Older Adults?

Telbivudine has not been adequately studied in older adults. In general, older adults should be closely monitored when taking this medicine. Lower doses may be needed in older adults who have kidney problems.
 

What About Off-Label Uses?

On occasion, healthcare providers may recommend medications for something other than the approved uses. This is called an "off-label" use. At this time, there are no well-accepted off-label uses for telbivudine.

Telbivudine Drug Information

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