Medications and Drugs
Brand Names: Victrelis
Generic Name: boceprevir (Pronunciation: boe SEP re vir)
What is boceprevir (Victrelis)?
Boceprevir is an antiviral medication that prevents certain virus cells from multiplying in your body.
Read the medication guide or patient instructions provided with each medication in your combination therapy. Do not change your doses or medication schedule without your doctor's advice. Every person with hepatitis C should remain under the care of a doctor.
Boceprevir is usually given to people who have never been treated for hepatitis C, or after interferon and ribavirin have been tried without successful treatment of symptoms.
Boceprevir may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.
What are the possible side effects of boceprevir (Victrelis)?
Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Stop using boceprevir and call your doctor at once if you have:
Common side effects may include:
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
What is the most important information I should know about boceprevir (Victrelis)?
Boceprevir is used in combination with peginterferon alfa (Pegasys, PegIntron) and ribavirin (Copegus, Rebetol, Ribasphere, RibaTab) to treat hepatitis C in adults.
Do not take boceprevir as your only medication to treat hepatitis C. Boceprevir must be used in combination with peginterferon alfa (Pegasys, PegIntron) and ribavirin (Copegus, Rebetol, Ribasphere, RibaTab).
Boceprevir is given together with interferon alfa and ribavirin. Do not use this combination of drugs if you are pregnant, or if you are a man and your sexual partner is pregnant.
Certain other drugs may interact with boceprevir or should not be used at the same time. Tell each of your healthcare providers about all medicines you use now, and any medicine you start or stop using.
Report Problems to the Food and Drug Administration
You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.
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