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Boceprevir is a drug that is used in combination with two other medications to treat chronic cases of hepatitis C. It works by inhibiting the action of certain enzymes that the hepatitis C virus uses to reproduce. This medication is sold in the form of capsules that are taken three times daily (seven to nine hours apart). Common side effects include nausea and fatigue.

What Is Boceprevir?

Boceprevir (VICTRELIS™) is a prescription medication approved for the treatment of chronic hepatitis C in combination with two other medications: peginterferon alfa (Pegasys®, PEG-Intron®) and ribavirin (Copegus®, Rebetol®, Ribapak®, Ribasphere®). It is designed for use in adults who have stable liver disease and have not been previously treated for hepatitis C, or who have failed previous treatment.
(Click What Is Boceprevir Used For? for more information on this topic, including possible off-label uses.)

Are There Side Effects?

Just like any medicine, boceprevir can cause side effects. However, not everyone who uses the drug will experience problems. Most people tolerate it quite well.
If reactions do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or are treated easily by you or your healthcare provider. Serious side effects are less common.
Common side effects of boceprevir include but are not limited to:
  • Fatigue
  • Nausea
  • Headache
  • Altered taste.
(Click Boceprevir Side Effects to learn more, including potentially serious side effects you should report immediately to your healthcare provider.)
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