Telaprevir Mechanism of Action

Available by prescription only, telaprevir (INCIVEK®) is a protease inhibitor used in adults who have chronic hepatitis C infections. It comes as a tablet that is taken 3 times daily for 12 weeks.
 
The mechanism of action by which telaprevir works is by inhibiting the activity of protease enzymes in the body. These enzymes are used by the hepatitis C virus to clip long protein strands into shorter, usable strands. The virus then uses these shorter strands to replicate itself (reproduce). By blocking protease enzymes, telaprevir prevents the hepatitis C virus from multiplying.
 
(To learn more, click Telaprevir. This article offers a complete overview of this hepatitis C medicine, including how it works, dosing guidelines, and general safety precautions to be aware of before beginning treatment.)
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