What Is Telaprevir Used For?

How Does The Medicine 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.

Is It Safe for Children to Use Telaprevir?

This medication has not been approved for use in children, as it has not been adequately studied in individuals younger than 18 years of age.

Is It Safe for Older Adults?

Telaprevir has not been adequately studied in older adults to determine if they respond differently than younger age groups. In general, this medication should be used with caution in older adults, as they are more likely to be taking other medications and to have other medical problems that may complicate telaprevir treatment.

Is Telaprevir Used for Off-Label Reasons?

On occasion, healthcare providers may prescribe medications for something other than the approved uses. This is known as an "off-label" use. At this time there are no universally accepted off-label uses for telaprevir.

Telaprevir Medication Information

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