Baraclude

(entecavir)

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Treats hepatitis B.

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Baraclude (entecavir) works well to treat hepatitis B, but tenofovir (Viread or Vemlidy) might be the better choice if you’ve taken other oral medicines for hepatitis B before or also have HIV.

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Quick facts about Baraclude
  • Drug class: Infection
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (entecavir)

Upsides

  • Baraclude (entecavir) is a first-choice medicine to treat hepatitis B.
  • Safer option for people with kidney damage.
  • Side effects are mild and short-lived.
  • Can be used in children as young as 2 years old.
  • Conveniently comes as a liquid for children and people who struggle to swallow pills.
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Downsides

  • Doesn't cure hepatitis B.
  • Might not be a good choice for people who’ve taken Epivir HBV (lamivudine) in the past due to the possibility of resistance.
  • Not the first choice for people with both hepatitis B and HIV.
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How it works

Baraclude (entecavir) is an antiviral (a nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitor) that prevents hepatitis B virus from making copies of itself.

Quick facts about Baraclude
  • Drug class: Infection
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (entecavir)

Used for

  • Hepatitis B
  • Prevention of hepatitis B reinfection after liver transplant

Dosage forms

  • Pill
  • Liquid
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What to expect when you take Baraclude (entecavir) for Hepatitis B

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Side effect rates for Baraclude (entecavir)

From 183 clinical trials of Baraclude when taken for hepatitis b (1 mg daily)
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    4%4%
  • Tiredness
    3%3%
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The placebo bar shows how common a side effect was for people taking a sugar pill instead of Baraclude.

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Risks and Warnings for Baraclude (entecavir)

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    • Higher risk if:
    • Stopping Baraclude (entecavir)

    Your hepatitis B infection can get worse if you stop taking Baraclude (entecavir), usually within 6 months after stopping Baraclude (entecavir). Don’t suddenly stop taking Baraclude (entecavir) without talking to your doctor first. After stopping Baraclude (entecavir), your doctor will check your liver regularly, and there's a chance that you'll need to restart Baraclude (entecavir).

    This is a black box warning. The FDA requires this warning when there is a significant risk of serious or life-threatening effects that anyone taking the drug should consider.

Means that some groups have a high risk of experiencing this side effect

Common concerns from people taking Baraclude (entecavir)

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Kidneys and liver
  • Your hepatitis B infection can get worse if you stop taking Baraclude (entecavir), usually within 6 months after stopping Baraclude (entecavir). Don’t suddenly stop taking Baraclude (entecavir) without talking to your doctor first. After stopping Baraclude (entecavir), your doctor will check your liver regularly, and there's a chance that you'll need to restart Baraclude (entecavir).
  • Safer option for people with kidney damage.
  • Doesn't cure hepatitis B.