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Medicine - Baracide
Nov 28, 2005

I am a HepB carrier. My liver function has been normal except that my DNA test has been around 300-500 count. Recently, I had liver biposy done and it came back as mild w/ stage I and II cirrois. My doctor put me on this medicine Baracide which I haven't started yet. I am afraid what it can do to me because I read the side effect. What do you think? I want second opionion. Also, I know I have to take this medicine for rest of my life which it scares me too. Otherwise, I am 31 healthy male. All I want is to live long and be healthy. I don't know if I can with medicine or just give in and see what happen.

Response from Dr. Dieterich

You are probably referring to Baraclude (entecavir). Your doctor is a very advanced treater. I would agree with him or her. There is now 3 year data on the medication and there does not appear to be any long term side effects. The class of medication that it represents, nucleoside analogues seem to be very safe and all of them have that black box warning that you are worried about. Go for it! I have seen too many "carriers" with liver cancer. Keeping the virus in check, may prevent or delay that. Good luck! DTD

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