Are there any risks in taking adefovir dipivoxil?

Adefovir may damage the kidneys, so tell your physician if you have or have ever had kidney disease or high blood pressure or diabetes. When you use adefovir alone or with other antiviral medications, it may cause life-threatening damage to the liver and a buildup of acid in your blood, called lactic acidosis. Tell your doctor if:

  • you drink large amounts of alcohol, or have in the past.
  • you've used injectable street drugs.
  • you've had any other liver disease besides Hepatitis B.


Also, inform your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking or have ever taken these medicines: acetaminophen (such as Tylenol); cholesterol-lowering medications (statins); iron supplements; isoniazid; HIV or AIDS drugs; methotrexate; niacin; or rifampin.
Using adefovir can make an untreated HIV infection more difficult to control with drug therapies. Tell your doctor if you have HIV or AIDS, or if you have unprotected sex with more than one partner or use injectable street drugs.

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