Incivek is an antiviral drug manufactured by Johnson & Johnson. It contains telaprevir as its main active ingredient. It acts by preventing virus cells from multiplying in the body. Incivek is used in combination with peginterferon alfa drugs such as Pegasys, PegIntron and ribavirin drugs such as Copegus, Rebetol, Ribasphere and RibaTab. Incivek is used for treatment of adult patients suffering from hepatitis C. It is not prescribed to children.

Incivek is normally given to those Hepatitis C patients, who have not received any treatment before hand or interferon and ribavirin have failed in their treatment. It should not be taken alone. It should be taken along with peginterferon alfa and ribavirin. Patients should stick to the recommended dosages and duration; otherwise it could fail to serve its purpose.

Patients, who are allergic to telaprevir, should not use this medicine. Patients should tell the doctor about their medical history especially hepatitis B or other liver problems, kidney disease, anemia, organ transplant, HIV or AIDS, a history of gout or any prior treatment taken for Hepatitis. Patients should also tell doctor about medicines being used and ask the doctor before using other medicine, while using Incivek as it could produce severe health conditions by interacting to certain medicines.

Ribavirin could cause birth defects or death in the unborn baby. Thus use of Incivek with it should be avoided by females who are pregnant, or planning to have a baby. Men should not use Incivek with interferon alfa and ribavirin if their sexual partner is pregnant or trying to conceive. If a man fathers the child while taking Ribavirin, even then the baby could be harmed. Patients should plan to have a child at least after six months of stopping use of these drugs; otherwise, child may suffer harmful effects. Patients should use an effective contraceptive, while using this combination of drugs. Nursing mothers should also avoid these drugs.

Use of Incivek could cause severe skin reactions and patient may experience fever, sore throat, swelling in face or tongue, burning in eyes, pain or redness in skin, rashes, blistering and peeling of skin. It could also cause hives or shortness of breath. Other severe side effects include paling of skin, light-headedness, rapid heart rate, trouble in concentration, tiredness, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and changes in taste. Some patients may experience rectal itching, burning, or discomfort. It could also cause anemia in some patients.

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