Vemlidy (tenofovir alafenamide) Is an antiviral medicine typically prescribed to treat chronic (long-lasting) hepatitis B virus (HBV) in adults with compensated liver disease. This medication may help to reduce the quantity of HBV in your body and enhance your liver health.
Viread vs. Vemlidy
- Viread is a safe and efficient antiviral for hepatitis B, although it can cause renal difficulties and bone loss in those who are vulnerable. This medication is less harmful to the kidneys and bones than Viread, although it can raise cholesterol levels.
- Hepatitis B and HIV are treated with this medication (in combination with other HIV antiretrovirals). This medication is a newer version of Viread.
Vemlidy vs. Entecavir
- Both medicines are used to treat hepatitis B. However, this medication might be a better choice if you’ve taken other oral drugs for hepatitis B before or also have HIV.
- This medication may not be the best choice for people with severe kidney damage while Entecavir is a safer option for patients with kidney damage
- To ensure this medication is safe for you, advise your doctor if you had: liver or kidney disease; HIV (if you are taking tenofovir for hepatitis B); low bone mineral density.
- You must undergo testing to establish that you do not have HIV before commencing Vemlidy medication (if you are being treated for hepatitis B).
- Follow exactly your doctor’s prescription and follow all directions on the medication guides when taking this medication.
- Vemlidy is a 25 mg tablet, taken with food once daily at the same time each day.
- Refrain from missing a dose of this medication.
- Do not revise dosage or stop taking this medication without your doctor’s advice.
- For dialysis patients, take your daily dose of this medication following dialysis, on dialysis days
- Medicine should be stored tightly closed at room temperature, away from heat and moisture.
Common Vemlidy Side Effects include:
- Headache, fatigue
- Abdominal and back pain,
- Cough, nausea
More serious side effects include new or worse kidney problems and severe liver problems.
- After you stop using Vemlidy, your hepatitis B infection may become active or worsen. As a result, liver function tests may be required on a regular basis for several months.
- This medicine is not recommended in persons with end-stage renal disease.
- Vemlidy should not be taken if you are allergic to tenofovir.
- You may develop a dangerous build-up of lactic acid in your blood so ask your doctor about your risk.
Frequently Asked Questions
-How long do you take Vemlidy?
Some patients may take Vemlidy for a few years, while others will be on the medication for life depending on lab results and liver function.
Continue using this drug for as long as your doctor tells you to
Early stopping the use of this medication can lead to a flare-up of hepatitis B, which can harm your liver.
-When should this medication be taken?
It can be taken any time of the day with food, and best to take it at the same time each day.