What If I Overdose on This Medicine?At this time, it is not entirely clear what to expect with an overdose. If you take too much of this medication, seek immediate medical attention.
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What If I Forget a Dose of Telaprevir?If you do not take your telaprevir as scheduled, take your missed dose if you remember within four hours of your usual dosing time. If more than four hours have passed since telaprevir is usually taken, skip the missed dose and continue with your regular dosing schedule. Do not take a double dose.
How Does It Work?Telaprevir belongs to a group of medications called protease inhibitors. It works by inhibiting the activity of enzymes called proteases. Protease 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 the protease enzyme, telaprevir prevents the hepatitis C virus from reproducing.
When and How to Take TelaprevirSome general considerations to keep in mind during treatment with telaprevir include the following:
- This medication comes in tablet form. It is normally taken by mouth two times a day for 12 weeks.
- Doses should be taken 10 to 14 hours apart.
- Telaprevir should be taken with food that contains about 20 grams of fat.
- Make sure to take this medication at the same time each day to maintain an even level of the medication in your blood.
- For the medication to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed. Do not stop taking this medicine unless your healthcare provider tells you to do so. Missing doses of telaprevir can increase the chance of the virus becoming resistant to the medication.