- What is boceprevir, and how does it work (mechanism of action)?
- What brand names are available for boceprevir?
- Is boceprevir available as a generic drug?
- Do I need a prescription for boceprevir?
- What are the side effects of boceprevir?
- What is the dosage for boceprevir?
- Which drugs or supplements interact with boceprevir?
- Is boceprevir safe to take if I'm pregnant or breastfeeding?
- What else should I know about boceprevir?
What is boceprevir, and how does it work (mechanism of action)?
Boceprevir is a man-made antiviral medication that targets hepatitis C virus (HCV). Similar drugs include simeprevir (Olysio) and telaprevir (Incivek). These drugs are called direct-acting antiviral agents because they act directly on hepatitis C virus. They block the replication of hepatitis C virus in human cells by binding to and inhibiting protease enzymes that HCV use for reproducing. Inhibiting viral replication reduces HCV viral load in the body to undetectable levels in some patients. The FDA approved boceprevir in March 2011.
What brand names are available for boceprevir?
Is boceprevir available as a generic drug?
GENERIC AVAILABLE: No
Do I need a prescription for boceprevir?
What are the side effects of boceprevir?
Side effects of boceprevir include hair loss, dry skin, diarrhea, loss of appetite, nausea, altered taste senses, sleeplessness, irritability, fatigue, shivering, anemia, and low white blood cell count.
Boceprevir can cause serious skin reactions, including urticaria, angioedema, Stevens Johnson syndrome (SJS), drug reaction with eosinophilia and systemic symptoms (DRESS), and exfoliative dermatitis. Boceprevir should be discontinued if serious skin reactions occur.
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