- What is sofosbuvir, and how does it work?
- What brand names are available for sofosbuvir?
- Is it available as a generic drug?
- Do I need a prescription for it?
- What types of hepatitis C infections does it treat (uses)?
- Sofosbuvir side effects
- How do I use or take sofosbuvir (dosage)?
- Which drugs or supplements interact with sofosbuvir?
- Is it safe to take if I'm pregnant or breastfeeding?
- What else should I know about this drug?
What is sofosbuvir, and how does it work?
- Sofosbuvir is an oral, direct-acting antiviral agent used for treating infections with the hepatitis C virus (HCV).
- Other direct-acting hepatitis C treatments include:
- After administration sofosbuvir is first converted to an active form. The active form of sofosbuvir interferes with multiplication of the ribonucleic acid (RNA) of HCV leading to reduced numbers of hepatitis C virus in the body.
- Sofosbuvir is effective for treating infection with HCV genotype 1,2,3, or 4, and in clinical trials, 50% to 90% of individuals treated with the drug cleared the hepatitis C virus from their blood.
What brand names are available for sofosbuvir?
Sovaldi is the brand name available for this drug in the US.
Is it available as a generic drug?
No, there's no generic available.
Do I need a prescription for it?
Yes, you need a prescription from your doctor or health care professional for this drug.
What types of hepatitis C infections does it treat (uses)?
Sofosbuvir side effects
The most common side effects reported by patients include:
Other side effects include:
- Decreased appetite
- Muscle pain
- Flu-like symptoms
- Reduced blood cells,
- Severe depression, and
- Increases in bilirubin levels
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