Incivek

Drug List

Incivek

Drug Name

Incivek (Telaprevir)

Manufactured By

Vertex Pharmaceuticals Incorporated

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Treats Disease/Condition

Uses

Telaprevir is an antiviral used in combination with peginterferon and ribavirin to treat chronic (long-lasting) hepatitis C, a viral infection of the liver. Telaprevir is a protease inhibitor. It works by reducing the amount of hepatitis C virus in your body, which may help your liver recover. Chronic hepatitis C infection can cause serious liver problems such as scarring (cirrhosis), or liver cancer. This combination reduces the amount of hepatitis C virus in the body and helps the body's immune system fight the infection. It is not known if this treatment can prevent you from passing the virus to others. Do not share needles, and practice "safe sex" (including the use of latex condoms/dental dams) to lower the risk of passing the virus to others.

How To Use

Read the Medication Guide provided by your pharmacist before you start taking telaprevir and each time you get a refill. If you have any questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist. Take this medication by mouth as directed by your doctor, usually twice daily (every 10 to 14 hours). Telaprevir must be taken with food so your body can absorb it properly, so eat a meal or snack that contains at least 20 grams of fat within 30 minutes of taking your dose. Ask your doctor or pharmacist about what kinds of food have the right amount of fat to improve the absorption of telaprevir. The dosage is based on your medical condition, response to treatment, and other medications you may be taking. Telaprevir works best when the amount of medicine in your body is kept at a constant level. Therefore, take this drug at evenly spaced intervals. To help you remember, take it at the same times each day.

Side Effects

Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, hemorrhoids, rectal itching/burning/discomfort, or change in taste may occur. If any of these effects persist or worsen, tell your doctor or pharmacist promptly. Tell your doctor right away if you have any serious side effects, including: unusual tiredness, rapid breathing, shortness of breath. Persistent vomiting/diarrhea may result in a serious loss of body water (dehydration). Contact your doctor promptly if you notice any symptoms of dehydration, such as unusual decreased urination, unusual dry mouth/thirst, fast heartbeat, or dizziness/lightheadedness. Be sure to drink enough fluids to prevent dehydration unless your doctor directs you otherwise. A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, get medical help right away if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing. This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

Drug Interactions

Drug interactions may change how your medications work or increase your risk for serious side effects. This document does not contain all possible drug interactions. Keep a list of all the products you use (including prescription/nonprescription drugs and herbal products) and share it with your doctor and pharmacist. Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any medicines without your doctor's approval. Other medications can affect the removal of telaprevir from your body, which may affect how telaprevir works. Examples include azole antifungals (such as itraconazole), efavirenz, etravirine, lopinavir/ritonavir, macrolide antibiotics (such as erythromycin), nevirapine, certain anti-seizure drugs (such as carbamazepine, phenobarbital, phenytoin), rifamycins (such as rifabutin), St. John's wort, among others. Telaprevir can slow down the removal of other medications from your body, which may affect how they work. Examples of affected drugs include alfuzosin, colchicine, drospirenone, lurasidone, pimozide, tacrolimus, ticagrelor, ergots (such as dihydroergotamine, ergotamine), drugs for irregular heartbeat (such as amiodarone, quinidine), HIV protease inhibitors (such as darunavir, fosamprenavir), certain statins (atorvastatin, lovastatin, simvastatin), sedatives (such as midazolam, triazolam), drugs to treat erectile dysfunction-ED or pulmonary hypertension (such as sildenafil, tadalafil, vardenafil), among others. This medication may decrease the effectiveness of hormonal birth control such as pills, patch, or ring. This could cause pregnancy. Discuss with your doctor or pharmacist if you should use additional reliable birth control methods while using this medication. Also tell your doctor if you have any new spotting or breakthrough bleeding, because these may be signs that your birth control is not working well.

In Case of Overdose

If someone has overdosed and has serious symptoms such as passing out or trouble breathing, call 911. Otherwise, call a poison control center right away. US residents can call their local poison control center at 1-800-222-1222.

In Case of Missed Dose

If you miss a dose and it is within 4 hours from the time you usually take the dose, take it with food as soon as you remember. If it more than 4 hours after the time you usually take the dose, then skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule. Do not double the dose to catch up.

Storage

Store at room temperature away from light and moisture. Once the bottle is opened, the medication is good for 28 days. Discard any unused portion after that time. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep all medications away from children and pets.