What is Sovaldi (Sofosbuvir) used for?
Sovaldi (Sofosbuvir) is an antiviral medicine prescribed for the treatment of hepatitis C. It operates by stopping or slowing the reproduction of virus cells to prevent its spread. This can prevent symptoms such as nausea, joint pain, muscle pain, or weight loss. Its action may also make the medication useful for treating liver infections occurring as a result of HIV. Your doctor may prescribe its use for the treatment of other unlisted conditions, as well.
How should I use Sovaldi (Sofosbuvir)?
Sovaldi (Sofosbuvir) should always be used according to your doctor`s instructions to get the safest and most effective results from treatment. Most patients are prescribed one tablet to be taken once daily, but your particular directions will depend on your age, weight, health condition, and the severity of your symptoms. The normal course of medication usually lasts twelve weeks, but some patients may be prescribed twenty four weeks of treatment in some cases. The doses should be taken with a full cup of water and may be taken with or without food, although a snack or meal is suggested before use if you get an upset stomach. Do not alter the form of the tablets by crushing or splitting them as this may destroy their contents or change their effects. Ask your doctor or pharmacist any questions you have about the medicine to ensure the correct administration.
What are the side effects of Sovaldi (Sofosbuvir)?
Some patients using Sovaldi (Sofosbuvir) have reported experiencing side effects such as:
Serious side effects that may require immediate medical attention are fever, flu symptoms, sensitive skin, easier bruising, increased heart rate, chest pain, trouble concentrating, or swollen gums. Inform your doctor as soon as you experience any worrying or intense symptoms to make sure the necessary alterations are made to your dosage or application frequency to prevent further complications from occurring.
Sovaldi (Sofosbuvir) should not be administered to patients who are pregnant, breastfeeding, allergic to sofosbuvir, who have had a bad reaction to similar treatments in the past, or severely reduced kidney or liver function or disease. Also inform your doctor if you have reduced kidney or liver function as these conditions may lead to unexpected complications requiring adjustments to your regimen.
Strictly use Sovaldi (Sofosbuvir) as prescribed and follow all instructions provided by your doctor. Safe, suitable, and optimum dosage can vary and is dependent on the patient`s health and medical history, as well as the condition you are treating.
Sovaldi (Sofoxbuvir) may not be safe or suitable for all patients. Always ensure your doctor is informed if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, using any other type of medication (including non-prescription medicine, vitamins, and supplements), as well as if you have any allergies, other illnesses, or pre-existing medication conditions.
Seek immediate medical attention or proceed to your nearest accident and emergency department if you suffer a hypersensitive or allergic reaction. Symptoms usually present during a reaction of this nature include difficulty breathing or swallowing, swelling of the limbs or face, tight chest, hives, and skin rashes.