Table of Contents
- What is Hepbest?
- How does Hepbest work?
- How to Take Hepbest?
- Common Dosage for Hepbest?
- When to Avoid Hepbest?
- Side-effects of Hepbest?
- Effects on organs?
- Reported Allergic Reactions?
- Effect on menstrual cycle?
- Drug Interactions To Be Careful About
- Food interactions (if any)
- Interactions with laboratory procedures
- Shows Effects / Results In and how long does the effect stay:
- Is Hepbest Addictive?
- Can I have Hepbest with alcohol?
- Can I have Hepbest When Pregnant?
- Can I have Hepbest when feeding a baby?
- Can I drive after taking Hepbest?
- Effect of overdose of Hepbest?
- Effect of using expired Hepbest?
- Effect of missing a dose of Hepbest?
- Storage requirements
- Substitutes for Hepbest
- Expert comments
What is Hepbest?
Hepbest is an antiviral prescription medication recommended to use in the treatment of viral infections like chronic hepatitis B or in the prevention of multiplication of viral cells in the human body.
Type of drug
Hepbest belongs to antiviral medication and class of drugs called reverse transcriptase inhibitor.
Use in brief
Hepbest is prescribed to treat medical conditions such as –
- HIV infection
- Chronic hepatitis B virus infection (HBV)
Hepbest contains the below-mentioned molecule as an active ingredient.
- Tenofovir Alafenamide – 25mg
Manufactured by – Mylan Pharmaceuticals Pvt Ltd.
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Hepbest is prescribed to treat viral infectious diseases such as –
- HIV infection
- Chronic hepatitis B virus infection (HBV)
How does Hepbest work?
Tenofovir Alafenamide, the active ingredient in the Hepbest medicine works by preventing the multiplication process of virus cells in human body.
How to Take Hepbest?
Form of medicine – Hepbest medicine is available in the form of tablets
When and How to use
Follow the instructions as mentioned in the prescription. Generally, it is advised to use after the food.
Never crush or chew the tablet but swallow the whole medicine along with some water or liquids.
Common Dosage for Hepbest
The dosage depends on the severity of the condition, age, and medical history of the patient and is decided by the doctor. Follow the instruction by your doctor. Never miss a dose or take an excess dose. Consult your doctor immediately if any excess dosage happens by mistake.
When to Avoid Hepbest?
Hepbest is not advised to use in some health conditions such as:
- Allergic to the ingredient
- If suffering from severe impairment of liver or kidneys
- If suffering from any bone-related issues like osteoporosis, weak bones etc.
- If suffering from any autoimmune disorders
Side-effects of Hepbest
Hepbest may possibly show several side effects in some patients. It is advised to consult your doctor if any of such side effects are noticed and if they are prolonged. Below mentioned are some possible side effects by Hepbest:
- Abdominal pain
- Loss of appetite
- Decreased Bone Mineral Density (BMD)
Effects on organs
This medicine may possibly show adverse effects on the organs like kidney and liver if overdosed. It is advised to use with extreme precautions and medical supervision in case of severe health disorders or impairment related to kidneys or liver. It is advised to consult the doctor and share detailed information about the current health condition so that the doctor can alter the dosage depending on the patient’s health condition.
Reported Allergic Reactions?
No major allergic reactions are noticed in case of Hepbest and very rarely can occur in some cases. Bring it to the notice of your doctor if any allergic reactions such as rashes, itching, swelling of facial organs, throat, or breathing problems are experienced.
Effect on menstrual cycle
Generally, no effect noted on the menstrual cycle. You may consult your gynaecologist.
Drug Interactions to Be Careful About
Hepbest may possibly show drug interaction with some other medication if they are used together. It is advised to share the medication details that you might be using if any, with your doctor before he prescribes this medicine to you.
Some of the drugs with which Hepbest shows interaction include:
Food interactions (if any)
No major food interactions observed.
Interactions with laboratory procedures
There is no interaction noticed with any diagnostic test while under the medication but it is always good to share details about your current medication before attending any lab tests so that you doctor and lab technician is aware of.
Shows Effects / Results in and how long does the effect stay:
No information is available regarding the onset of action and how long the effect stays. Consult your doctor if you are concerned about the onset of action and duration of effect.
Is Hepbest Addictive?
No drug addiction is noticed in case of Hepbest.
Can I have Hepbest with alcohol?
It is not advised to use along with alcohol as it might increase the risk of drowsiness.
Can I have Hepbest When Pregnant?
Not advised to use in general in pregnant women. But with consultation and supervision in case if unavoidable and the intended benefits are more compared to possible side effects.
Can I have Hepbest when feeding a baby?
Not advised to use in general in breastfeeding women. But with consultation and supervision in case if unavoidable and the intended benefits are more compared to possible side effects.
Can I drive after taking Hepbest?
Hepbest may cause drowsiness or dizziness; hence it is not advised to do activities such as driving which require alertness.
Effect of overdose Hepbest
Serious adverse effects may be possible if over dosage happens in large quantities. Consult your doctor immediately in such situations.
Effect of using expired Hepbest?
It is advised not to use any medicine that is expired to avoid any adverse effects. Consult your doctor immediately if any adverse effects are noticed by taking any expired medicine. It is advised to check the label while purchasing the medicine to verify the expiry date to be safe.
Effect of missing a dose of Hepbest
No major adverse effects are noticed if only one dosage is missed. But if you are missing the dosages regularly, it is advised to keep a reminder so that you don’t miss the regular dosage.
It is advised to store the medication away from direct sunlight and to keep at room temperature. Keep away from the reach of the children and pets.
Substitutes for Hepbest
Below mentioned brands of medicine contain the similar composition and strength as of Hepbest and hence your doctor may prescribe any of them as an alternative.
- Tafnat Tablet – manufactured by Natco Pharma Ltd
- Tafero Tablet – manufactured by Million Health Pharmaceuticals
- Tenvir AF 25mg Tablet – manufactured by Cipla Ltd
- Emtaf-B Tablet – manufactured by Emcure Pharmaceuticals Ltd
- Tentide AF 25mg Tablet – manufactured by Sun Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd
- Patients taking Hepbest should be closely monitored clinically and by lab tests for few months after stopping the treatment as discontinuation of Hepbest therapy may lead to acute exacerbation of Hepatitis B.
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Dr. Srishti Tayal is Chief Radiologist at Radiodent – Dental and Maxillofacial Imaging. She has completed BDS and MDS with Gold Medal from JSS Medical College, Mysore. She is a passionate medical researcher and has published five research papers in various medical journals and received an award for the best scientific paper.
In addition to following her pursuits in dentistry, she is also an avid medical writer who believes in bridging the information gap among the common population with regards to modern medicine.