What is Epclusa?
Epclusa (sofosbuvir/velpatasvir) is prescription medicine used to treat Chronic Hepatitis C ( long-lasting) genotype 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 with or without infection of cirrhosis. Patient with advanced cirrhosis may use epclusa (sofosbuvir/velpatasvir) with other medicine called ribavirin.
What is the most important information I should know about EPCLUSA?
Hepatitis B virus reactivation
Before starting with epclusa (sofosbuvir/velpatasvir) your healthcare provider will do your blood test. If you ever have hepatitis B than the chance of reactivate of hepatitis B virus during or after treatment of hepatitis C.
Activation of hepatitis b virus can lead to a serious problem including liver failure or death.
If you have any problem, your health care provider will monitor you during or after treatment.
Tell your health care provider about all your medical condition including, if you ever had hepatitis b infection or liver problem other than hepatitis C; you have HIV, or you are pregnant or breastfeeding or planning to pregnant or breastfeeding.
There is no study of epclusa if it harms your unborn baby or passes through breastfeeding.
Tell your health care provider including all medicine you take like prescription medicine, over the counter medicine, herbal supplement, vitamin medicine.
Epclusa and some other medications can affect each other and may lead to a side effect.
Side Effect of Epclusa
Most common side effect of epclusa is headache and tiredness. Ask your doctor about any side effect that bother you and not go away.
Serious Side Effect Of Epclusa
If you take epclusa with amiodarone a medicine use for certain heart problem may be lad to slow heart rate. Slow heart rate in some case led to death also. You need to peacemaker if you take amiodarone with any medicine that contains sofosbuvir.
If you take amiodarone with epclusa and feel any side effect from below than imminently contact doctor:
- fainting or near-fainting,
- dizziness or
- not feeling well
- extreme tiredness
- hortness of breath
- chest pains, confusion
- memory problems.
Cost Of Epclusa
The average cost of epclusa is $1000 USD for one tablet. the total cost of 12-week treatment is $84000 USD. Epclusa can treat all type of hepatitis C genotype.
Epclusa is an upgrade version of harvoni which is introduce in the year of 2014.
Epclusa and Alcohol
If you drink alcohol when takeing epclusa can lead to some serious side effect including:
Hepatitis C and Over drink of alcohol can be led to serious liver damage problem including liver failure or cirrhosis.
Alcoho may aslo to interfere in your treatment plan which is giver by your doctot. You can forget to take medicine on time if you take alcohol.
Missing a dose of epclusa can make HCV treatment less effective