What is MyHep (Sofosbuvir) used for?
MyHep (Sofosbuvir) is a new medicine used to treat Hepatitis C. It is classified as an anti-viral medication in the class of nucleotide analog inhibitor. In most cases, it can help with recovery of the liver after Hepatitis C infection. It can also help the immune system to improve after Hepatitis C infection.
The most common reason to take MyHep (Sofosbuvir) is for the treatment of a patient who has contracted Hepatitis C. It is not used alone and will often be prescribed alongside pegylated interferon and/or ribavirin. It can be used to treat Hepatitis C genotypes 1, 2, 3, and 4.
How should I use MyHep (Sofosbuvir)?
MyHep (Sofosbuvir) is usually taken for 12-24 weeks along with the other combination medicines to treat Hepatitis C. The length of treatment depends on the genotype of HCV and other factors. All medications will need to be taken daily and should be taken at the same time each day. Some of the common side effects can be reduced by planning when to take sofosbuvir. To reduce the risk of insomnia and nausea, it can be taken early in the day and taken with food or on a full sotmach.
The most common dosage is 400mg, however your doctor will consult with you and work out an exact dose to take based on a number of different conditions. Your dosage may need to vary slightly over the course of your treatment depending upon how well you are responding and if you are experiencing any sever side effects.
What are the side effects of MyHep (Sofosbuvir)?
The two most common side effects of MyHep (Sofosbuvir) are nausea and insomnia. As mentioned above, you can reduce the impact of these by taking the tablet with food and taking it in the morning.
Sofosbuvir might decrease your red blood cell count. Routine blood testing can help ensure that treatment isn`t dropping these levels too low.
MyHep (Sofosbuvir) can have a detrimental effect on the liver in HCV patients. If you have had any liver problems in the past, or if you are currently having liver problems, you may need to discuss an alternative form of treatment with your doctor. Regular liver function tests are important when taking sufosbuvir.
MyHep (Sofosbuvir) is very rarely to be taken without othe medicines. It works in combination with other medicines (pegylated interferon and ribavirin) for best results.
Be sure you advise your doctor if you are pregnant, or a trying to become pregnant, as taking this medication can result in birth defects or death of the fetus. It is important to use two forms of birth control to prevent pregnancy while taking this medication and for 6 months after treatment ends.
If diarrhea occurs as a side effect of sofosbuvir, make sure you take precautions to prevent dehydration. If you continue to have this particular side effect you need to let your doctor know. If you experience changes to your breathing or heart rate make sure you seek immediate medical attention.
Before you begin treatment, let your doctor know about any medications you are currently taking. This includes any over the counter and herbal items. St. John`s Wort in particular is one product that doesn`t interact well with MyHep (Sofosbuvir).