Telaprevir is prescribed in combination with other medications to treat chronic hepatitis C infections. This medicine works by preventing the hepatitis C virus from reproducing. It comes in the form of tablets that are taken two times a day for 12 weeks. Although most people tolerate this medicine well, side effects are possible and may include fatigue, diarrhea, and itching.
What Is Telaprevir?Telaprevir (INCIVEK®) is a prescription medication approved to treat chronic hepatitis C infections. It is always used in combination with two other hepatitis C medications: peginterferon alfa (Pegasys®, PEG-Intron®) and ribavirin (Copegus®, Rebetol®, RibaPak®, Ribasphere®). Telaprevir is only approved for use in people who have stable liver problems and have not been treated before or have failed previous treatment.
(Click What Is Telaprevir Used For? for more information on this topic, including possible off-label uses.)
Are There Side Effects?Just like any medicine, telaprevir may cause side effects. However, not everyone who takes the drug will experience problems. In fact, 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 telaprevir include but are not limited to:
(Click Telaprevir Side Effects to learn more, including potentially serious side effects you should report immediately to your healthcare provider.)