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Telaprevir

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Notes

    Related terms
    • Brand Names: U.S.: IncivekT
    • Brand Names: Canada: IncivekT

    Uses
    • It is used to treat hepatitis C infection.
    • It works to harm the virus and fight the infection.

    Dosing

    How to take

    • To gain the most benefit, do not miss doses.
    • Use as you have been told, even if you are feeling better.
    • Take with a high-fat meal.

    Missed Dose

    • Take a missed dose as soon as you think about it.
    • If it is close to the time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your normal time.
    • Do not use 2 doses or extra doses.
    • Do not change the dose, brand, or stop this drug. Talk with the doctor.

    Storage

    • Store at room temperature.
    • Throw away any part not used after 1 month.
    • Protect from water. Do not store in a bathroom or kitchen.

    Safety



    Warnings

    • This drug can cause bad skin side effects when taken with peginterferon alfa and ribavirin. Talk to your doctor about any skin changes you may have.
    • Sometimes drugs are not safe when you take them with certain other drugs. Taking them together can cause bad side effects. This is one of those drugs. Be sure to talk to your doctor about all the drugs you take.
    • Please read the medication guide.

    Avoid

    • If you have an allergy to telaprevir or any other part of this drug.
    • Tell your doctor if you are allergic to any drugs. Make sure to tell about the allergy and what signs you had. This includes telling about rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other signs.
    • If you are not taking ribavirin or peginterferon alfa.
    • If you are of childbearing age, but are not using 2 kinds of birth control or if you are planning to get pregnant during your care or within 6 months after care has ended.
    • If you are a man with a sex partner who is pregnant or plans on getting pregnant at any time while you are being treated or within 6 months after your care has ended.
    • If you are pregnant or may be pregnant.
    • If you are breast-feeding.

    Precautions

    • Do not run out of this drug.
    • If you have anemia, talk with your doctor.
    • If you have gout, talk with your doctor.
    • If you have hepatitis B or HIV disease, talk with your doctor.
    • If you have liver disease, talk with your doctor.
    • If you have had an organ transplant, talk with your doctor.
    • If you are having surgery, talk with your doctor.
    • Have your blood work checked often. Talk with your doctor.
    • Check all drugs you are taking with your doctor. This drug may not mix well with some other drugs.
    • Keep a list of all your drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your doctor.
    • Do not take St John's wort with this drug. This drug may not work as well.
    • Use 2 kinds of birth control that you can trust while using this drug and for 6 months after stopping this drug.
    • If you are a man and have sex, protect your partner from pregnancy during care and for 6 months after care ends. Use birth control that you can trust.
    • Do not use a hormone-related kind of birth control.

    Side Effects

    • Feeling tired or weak.
    • Anemia.
    • Bad taste in your mouth.
    • Itching.
    • Upset stomach or throwing up. Many small meals and good mouth care may help. Older children may suck hard, sugar-free candy.
    • Loose stools (diarrhea).

    Contact a healthcare provider

    • If you think there was an overdose, call your local poison control center or ER right away.
    • Signs of a very bad reaction to the drug. These include wheezing; chest tightness; fever; itching; bad cough; blue or gray skin color; seizures; or swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat.
    • Very bad dizziness or passing out.
    • Shortness of breath.
    • Very upset stomach or throwing up.
    • Any bruising or bleeding.
    • Dark, tarry-black stool.
    • Feeling very tired or weak.
    • Mouth sores.
    • Very bad skin irritation.
    • Any rash.
    • Side effect or health problem is not better or you are feeling worse.

    General Statements

    • If you have a very bad allergy, wear an allergy ID at all times.
    • Do not share your drugs with others and do not take anyone else's drugs.
    • Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
    • Most drugs may be thrown away in household trash after mixing with coffee grounds or kitty litter and sealing in a plastic bag.
    • In Canada, take any unused drugs to the pharmacy. Also, visit http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/hl-vs/iyh-vsv/med/disposal-defaire-eng.php#th to learn about the right way to get rid of unused drugs.
    • Keep a list of all your drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your doctor.
    • Call your doctor for help with any side effects. If in the U.S., you may also call the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or if in Canada, you may also call Health Canada's Vigilance Program at 1-866-234-2345.
    • Talk with the doctor before starting any new drug, including OTC, natural products, or vitamins.

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    The information in this monograph is intended for informational purposes only, and is meant to help users better understand health concerns. Information is based on review of scientific research data, historical practice patterns, and clinical experience. This information should not be interpreted as specific medical advice. Users should consult with a qualified healthcare provider for specific questions regarding therapies, diagnosis and/or health conditions, prior to making therapeutic decisions.

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