Boceprevir and Anemia
During treatment with boceprevir (VICTRELIS™), you will likely have regular blood tests. There are a few different reasons for these tests. For example, they will help your healthcare provider know if the medication is still working. These tests also help your healthcare provider know if you are developing any serious side effects, such as anemia, as a result of taking boceprevir.
If you develop severe anemia, your healthcare provider may reduce the dose of ribavirin (one of the medications used with boceprevir). If you continue to have severe anemia, your healthcare provider may have you stop taking boceprevir altogether.
(For more information on boceprevir and anemia, click Precautions and Warnings With Boceprevir. This article also includes details on who may need to avoid this medication altogether.)