Baraclude should be given only when prescribed by your doctor. Follow all directions given to you by your doctor or pharmacist carefully. They may differ from the information contained in this leaflet.
How much to take
The usual dose of Baraclude is 0.5 mg (one white tablet) or 1 mg (one pink tablet) once a day.
If you have a medical problem with your kidneys your doctor may need to change how often you take your Baraclude tablets.
Your doctor will tell you what dose to take and how often you should take your Baraclude tablets.
Please talk to your doctor or pharmacist for more information.
How to take it
Swallow the tablet whole with a glass of water. The dose of Baraclude should be taken on an empty stomach.
When to take Baraclude
Baraclude may be taken at any time of day provided it is taken on an empty stomach. Empty stomach means at least 2 hours before or 2 hours after a meal.
Talk to your doctor or pharmacist to work out when it is best for you to take your dose of Baraclude.
How long to take it
Baraclude helps control your condition but does not cure it. Therefore you must take Baraclude every day as directed by your doctor. Continue taking Baraclude for as long as your doctor tells you to.
Your doctor has prescribed Baraclude to prevent hepatitis B virus from further damaging your liver.
Baraclude is a very important treatment that can improve the inflammation and scar tissue caused by the hepatitis B virus in your liver and may reduce the chance of developing cirrhosis, liver failure and liver cancer.
It is extremely important that you do not stop taking Baraclude without discussing it with your doctor. If Baraclude is suddenly stopped, the hepatitis B virus can become very active again and lead to sudden development of severe liver failure. There is a high risk of dying if liver failure develops and liver transplantation may be necessary to save your life.
It is important to take Baraclude every day or as directed by your doctor, to not miss medicine doses, and to make sure you have enough supply until you next see your doctor.
Do not stop taking Baraclude or change the dose unless asked to do so by your doctor, even if you feel better, as it can be very dangerous.
If you forget to take it
If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the dose you missed and take the next dose when you are meant to.
Otherwise take it as soon as you remember, and then go back to taking it as you would normally.
Do not take a double dose to make up for the dose you missed. This may increase the chance of you getting an unwanted side effect. If you are not sure what to do, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
If you have trouble remembering when to take your medicine, ask your pharmacist for some hints and inform your doctor that you have missed a dose. It is very important not to miss your doses of Baraclude.
If you take too much (overdose)
Immediately call your doctor or the Poisons Information Centre on 131126 in Australia or 03 474 7000 in New Zealand, or go to the Accident and Emergency Centre at your nearest hospital if you or anyone else takes too much Baraclude.
Do this even if there are no signs of discomfort or poisoning.
Things you must do
- If you become pregnant while taking Baraclude, tell your doctor immediately.
- If you are about to start taking any new medicines, tell your doctor and pharmacist that you are taking Baraclude. Baraclude may interfere with the medicine you are taking.
- If you are about to have any medical tests, tell your doctor that you are taking Baraclude. Baraclude may interfere with the results of these tests.
- If you plan to have surgery, tell your doctor or dentist that you are taking Baraclude.
Things you must not do
- Do not give Baraclude to anyone else, even if they have the same condition as you.
- Do not use Baraclude to treat any other complaints unless your doctor tells you to.
- Do not stop taking Baraclude or lower the dosage without checking with your doctor. Your hepatitis may worsen after stopping treatment.
Things to be careful of
- Be careful driving or operating machinery until you know how Baraclude affects you. Some patients taking Baraclude have experienced dizziness. It is not known if this was caused by Baraclude. Make sure you know how you react to Baraclude before you drive a car, operate machinery or do anything else that could be dangerous if you are dizzy.
- Make sure that you visit your doctor regularly throughout your entire course of treatment with Baraclude. When your treatment with Baraclude is stopped, your doctor will continue to monitor you and take blood tests for several months.
- There is no evidence that Baraclude reduces the risk of infecting others with hepatitis B through sexual contact or body fluids (including blood contamination). Therefore it is important to take appropriate precautions to prevent others being infected with hepatitis B. A vaccine is available to protect those at risk of becoming infected with hepatitis B.