What Is Boceprevir Used For?
How Does This Medicine Work?Boceprevir belongs to a group of medications called protease inhibitors. It works by inhibiting the activity of enzymes called proteases. The hepatitis C virus uses protease enzymes to clip long protein strands into shorter, usable strands. The virus then uses these shorter strands to replicate itself (reproduce). By blocking these protease enzymes, boceprevir prevents the hepatitis C virus from replicating.
Can Children Use It?Boceprevir is not approved for use in children. It has not been adequately studied in individuals younger than 18 years old.
Can Older Adults Use It?Boceprevir has not been adequately studied in older adults to determine if they respond differently than younger age groups. In general, boceprevir should be used with caution in older adults because they are more likely to be taking other medications and to have other medical problems that may complicate treatment.
On occasion, your healthcare provider may recommend boceprevir for treating something other than hepatitis C. At this time there are no well-established, off-label uses for this medication.