Hepatitis C Drug - Viekira Pak
What Is Viekira Pak?
Viekira Pak is an antiviral treatment for hepatitis C.
It's a combination therapy that includes the medicines ombitasvir, paritaprevir, dasabuvir, and ritonavir.
The drugs work together to attack the virus at three separate stages of the disease to stop the virus from reproducing.
Viekira Pak is used in people with genotype 1 chronic hepatitis C, including those with a certain type of liver disease called cirrhosis (compensated).
The medicine is only available with a doctor's prescription, and it may be used with or without the drug ribavirin.
Viekira Pak was approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2014. It's marketed by AbbVie, Inc.
Viekira Pak Warnings
Viekira Pak isn't suitable for use in people with advanced cirrhosis (decompensated). Talk to your doctor if you have cirrhosis before taking this medicine.
It's not known if this drug is safe or effective in children under 18 years of age.
Tell your doctor about all medical conditions you have or have previously had, including liver problems (other than those associated with hepatitis C) and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV).
You shouldn't take Viekira Pak if you use any of the following medications:
Also, tell your physician if you've had a liver transplant. If you take tacrolimus (Prograf) or cyclosporine (Gengraf, Neoral, Sandimmune) to prevent organ rejection, the amount of these drugs in your blood can increase if you're also taking Viekira Pak.
Tell your healthcare provider if you've ever had a severe skin rash after taking the drug ritonavir (Norvir).
It's not known whether Viekira Pak will prevent you from infecting others with hepatitis C during treatment. Talk to your doctor about ways to prevent the spread of the virus.
Pregnancy and Viekira Pak
It's not known whether Viekira Pak will harm an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you're pregnant or might become pregnant while undergoing treatment with this medicine.
When taking Viekira Pak with ribavirin, be sure to research the pregnancy warnings for that drug as well.
It's not known whether the drugs pass into breast milk. Tell your doctor if you are breastfeeding while taking Viekira Pak.
Viekira Pak Side Effects
Common Side Effects of Viekira Pak
Tell your doctor if any of the following side effects become severe or don't go away:
- Sleep problems
Viekira Pak Interactions
Tell your doctor about all prescription, non-prescription, illegal, recreational, herbal, nutritional, or dietary drugs you're taking before taking Viekira Pak, especially those listed in the Warning section.
Viekira Pak Dosage
Viekira Pak includes two different tablets. The pink tablet contains ombitasvir, paritaprevir, and ritonavir, and the beige tablet contains dasabuvir.
Take both types of tablets exactly as prescribed. Don't take more or less of the medicine than is recommended.
Your prescription will include a monthly carton that contains enough medicine for 28 days. Each daily dose pack contains four tablets, which is all of your medicine for one day.
Take the two pink tablets with one of the beige tablets at about the same time each morning. Take the second beige tablet at about the same time each evening.
Don't stop taking this medicine without first talking to your doctor.
Viekira Pak Overdose
If you suspect an overdose, contact a poison control center or emergency room immediately.
You can get in touch with a poison control center at (800) 222-1222.
Missed Dose of Viekira Pak
If you miss a dose of the pink tablets, and it's less than 12 hours from the time you usually take the dose, take it with a meal as soon as you remember. Then, take your next dose at your usual time with a meal.
If you miss a dose of the pink tablets, and it's more than 12 hours from the time you usually take the dose, skip the missed dose. Take your next dose at your usual time with a meal.
If you miss a dose of the beige tablet, and it's less than six hours from the time you usually take the dose, take it with a meal as soon as you remember. Then, take your next dose at your usual time with a meal.
If you miss a dose of the beige tablet, and it's more than six hours from the time you usually take the dose, skip the missed dose. Then, take your next dose at your usual time with a meal.
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