General Information on Victrelis
Victrelis is given in combination with certain other drugs to treat Hepatitis C. It is a prescription drug, meaning you can buy Victrelis online or from a drugstore only if your doctor has prescribed it for your treatment. The generic name of this drug is Boceprevir.
Victrelis is administered orally. You can buy Victrelis in form of oral capsules. The drug is available in one strength, Victrelis 200 mg.
The nonmedical ingredients used in Victrelis are: microcrystalline cellulose, sodium lauryl sulfate, croscarmellose sodium, lactose monohydrate, magnesium stearate, and pre-gelatinized starch.
Side effects of Victrelis
If you are allergic to Boceprevir or any other ingredient in this medication, you should not buy Victrelis. An allergic reaction may lead to hives, facial flushness, shortness of breath, wheezing, trouble swallowing, swelling, difficulty breathing, or skin rashes. Consult your physician immediately if you experience any of these symptoms. Your doctor is likely to stop treatment if you experience a severe reaction to Victrelis.
Other serious side effects of this drug are:
- Rapid heart rate, lightheadedness, trouble concentrating, pale skin
- Body aches, sores in the throat and mouth, flu symptoms, chills, fever
You should consult your physician if you experience any of the aforementioned serious side effects during treatment.
Victrelis, in most cases, causes the following mild side effects:
- Dizziness, headache
- Joint pain
- Sleeping problems
- Loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting
- Hair loss, dry hair
Other side effects of Victrelis are also possible. Patients should consult their doctor about all possible risks associated with this medicine before starting treatment.
Victrelis is administered with ribavirin and interferon alfa. It is not likely to cause any harm to a fetus. However, ribavirin is contraindicated in pregnancy as it can cause birth defects. You should not use the aforementioned drug combination, that is, Victrelis with ribavirin and interferon, if you are pregnant.
The safety of Victrelis in lactating women is unknown. Seek your doctor’s permission before breastfeeding if you are using Victrelis.
Dosage of Victrelis
The recommended dosage is Victrelis 800 mg thrice daily. You should take a dosage after every 8-9 hours with food.
As Victrelis is to be taken in combination with other drugs, you need to take all prescribed medicines as directed for the treatment to be effective.
While you are using Victrelis, you should not take the following drugs:
- St. John's wort
Victrelis can also interact with other medications. The following drugs may cause complications when taken in combination with Victrelis:
- Gout medications
- AID or HIV medications
- Narcotic medications
- Anti-seizure drugs
- Heart rhythm medications
- Cancer medicines
- Anti-psychotic drugs
- Certain antibiotics
- Anti-hypertension drugs
- Blood thinners
- Anti-malaria drugs
- Antifungal medicines
- Oral diabetics drugs
The above list does not contain the names of all drugs that can interact with this Hepatitis C medication. To ensure that no unwanted drug interactions occur during treatment, tell your doctor about all other drugs that you are taking, including all herbal and non-prescription medicines. In addition, consult your doctor before starting a course of any new medication during your treatment with Victrelis.