Medicine Used To Treat Hepatitis C
Harvoni® contains a combination of ledipasvir and sofosbuvir. Ledipasvir and sofosbuvir are antiviral medications that prevent hepatitis C virus (HCV) from multiplying in your body. This is a medicine used to treat hepatitis C in adults.
If you have ever had hepatitis C, Harvoni® can cause this condition to come back or get worse . You will need frequent blood tests to check your liver functions.
Before taking this medicine, you should keep in mind if you are allergic to ledipasvir or sofosbuvir you should not take this medicine. You should concern with your doctor whether it is safe for you or not. Tell your doctor if you have
- A history of hepatitis C
- Liver problems other than hepatitis
- Kidney disease (if you are on dialysis)
HIV or AIDS
- A heart rhythm problem for which you take a medicine amiodarone (Cordarone, Pacerone)
Harvoni® is sometimes used together with another medicine called ribavirin. Ribavirin can cause birth defects or death in an unborn baby. So you should be quite aware of this medicine before taking this.
This medicine is not approved for use by anyone younger than 18 years. You are not allowed to take this medicine without the doctor prescribed.
How should I take Harvoni®
You should take this medicine exactly as prescribed by your doctor. This is usually taken once per day. You should follow all the directions on your prescription label. Do not take this medicine in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended.
You should follow a proper timetable to take this medicine; you should take the medicine at the same time each day. You can take this medicine with or without food. You should not stop using this medicine suddenly, it can cause harm to you. A sudden stop could make your condition harder to treat with hepatitis C antiviral medicine.
Side Effects of Harvoni®:
There are some side effects of this medicine. If you are taking a heart medication, you should concern with your doctor. Call your doctor at once if you have
- Extreme tiredness
- Unusual weakness or lack of energy
- Confusion or memory problems
- Slowed breathing
- Chest pain, slow heartbeats, weak pulse
So if you are facing all these problems you just concern your doctor before taking this medicine.