Victrelis

Drug List

Victrelis

Drug Name

Victrelis (Boceprevir)

Manufactured By

Merck & Company, Inc

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Treats Disease/Condition

Uses

Boceprevir is an antiviral used in combination with peginterferon and ribavirin to treat chronic (long-lasting) hepatitis C, a viral infection of the liver. Boceprevir 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) 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 boceprevir and each time you get a refill. If you have any questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist. Take this medication by mouth with food as directed by your doctor, usually three times daily (every 7 to 9 hours). Boceprevir works best when the amount of medicine in your body is kept at a constant level. Therefore, take this drug at evenly spaced intervals. Use this medication regularly to get the most benefit from it. To help you remember, take it at the same times each day. Continue to take boceprevir for the full length of time prescribed, even if your symptoms disappear after a short time. Stopping treatment too early may result in a return of chronic hepatitis C infection.

Side Effects

Vomiting, dry skin, 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, pale skin, dizziness, fainting, rapid breathing, shortness of breath, fast heartbeat, signs of infection (such as fever, persistent sore throat, cough), easy bleeding/bruising. 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 boceprevir from your body, which may affect how boceprevir works. Examples include azole antifungals (such as ketoconazole, itraconazole), some anti-seizure drugs (such as carbamazepine, phenobarbital, phenytoin), efavirenz, macrolide antibiotics (such as erythromycin), nevirapine, rifamycins (such as rifabutin, rifampin), St. John's wort, among others. Boceprevir can speed up or slow down the removal of other medications from your body, which may affect how they work. Examples of affected drugs include some alpha blockers (such as alfuzosin, doxazosin, silodosin, tamsulosin), colchicine, drospirenone, lurasidone, pimozide, tacrolimus, ticagrelor, fluticasone, ergots (such as dihydroergotamine, ergotamine), drugs for irregular heartbeat (such as amiodarone, quinidine), HIV protease inhibitors (such as atazanavir, darunavir, lopinavir, ritonavir), some statins (such as lovastatin, simvastatin), sedatives (such as midazolam, triazolam), drugs to treat erectile dysfunction-ED or pulmonary hypertension (such as sildenafil, tadalafil), 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 more than 2 hours from the time you usually take the next dose, take it with food as soon as you remember. If it is less than 2 hours from the time you usually take the next dose, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule. Do not double the dose to catch up.

Storage

Store the medicine in a closed container in the refrigerator. You may also store it at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and direct light, for up to 3 months.