What is Sofovir (Sofosbuvir) used for?
Sofivir (Sofosbuvir) is classified as an anti-viral medication. In most patients, it can help the liver to be able to recover after contracting Hepatitis C. It can also help the immune system to improve after Hepatitis C infection.
The most common use of Sofivir (Sofosbuvir) is for the treatment of Hepatitis C. It is typically used in conjunction with a variety of other medications too. It can be used to treat genotype 1, 2, 3, and 4 relating to Hepatitis C.
How should I use Sofovir (Sofosbuvir)?
Most patients will need to take Sofivir (Sofosbuvir) and other medications for a period of 12 weeks. The medications will need to be taken daily. For the best results, the medications should be taken at the same time each day. To reduce the risk of insomnia, take them early in the day. To reduce the risk of nausea, take them with food.
The daily dose will depend on many factors including the weight of the patient and the genotype. The starting dose is usually 400 mg per day but it may be increased to 600 mg per day. Never change the dose of this medication without the consent of your doctor.
What are the side effects of Sofovir (Sofosbuvir)?
Common side effects of Sofivir (Sofosbuvir) can include nausea and insomnia.
This medication can also reduce your normal red blood cell count. Your doctor should perform routine testing to ensure the levels aren`t unsafe. The liver can be adversely affected due to the use of Sofivir (Sofosbuvir). Individuals with liver problems shouldn`t use this medication. It is important for your doctor to test your liver function every 6 months while you take this medication.
Inform your doctor of any medications you take including over the counter and herbal items. St. John`s Wort is one product that doesn`t interact well with Sofivir (Sofosbuvir).
It is important to fully understand the medications to be taken and when to take them. Sofivir (Sofosbuvir) is rarely to be taken alone. Make sure you tell your doctor if you are 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, 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.