Generic Name : Telaprevir
Pronunciation : tel-A-pre-vir
TradeName : International- Incivek.
Why it is prescribed :
This medication is a hepatitis C virus protease inhibitor, prescribed for chronic hepatitis C virus infection with other medications.
When it is to be taken :
Adult- PO- The recommended dose is 750 mg (two 375-mg tablets) taken orally 3 times a day.
How it should be taken :
It comes as a tablet to take by mouth, with food.
Special Instruction :
* Caution should be exercised in patients with history of HIV infection, gout, blood problems (anemia, low blood platelet levels, or low white blood cell levels), liver impairment, had an organ transplant, any allergy, who are taking other medications, elderly, children, during pregnancy and breastfeeding.
* It may reduce platelet counts; avoid injury or bruising.
* Avoid contact with people who have infections in order to prevent the spread of infection.
* Monitor complete blood cell counts, electrolyte levels, liver and kidney function, hepatitis C virus antibody levels, thyroid function, and uric acid levels regularly while taking this medication.
♦*Patient may develop Stevens Johnson Syndrome (SJS), Drug Reaction with Eosinophilia and Systemic Symptoms (DRESS), and Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis (TEN).
Side Effects :
Rash, anemia, fatigue, itching, nausea, and vomiting.
Other Precautions :
* Avoid excess dosage.
Storage Conditions :
Store it at controlled room temperature (25°C).