Copegus is an antiviral drug. It is used in combination with interferon for the treatment of chronic hepatitis C. Copegus monotherapy is not effective for the treatment of chronic hepatitis C virus infection and should not be used alone for this indication. It works by helping the immune system fight the hepatitis C virus, and by making it harder for the virus to reproduce within the body.
Take Copegus exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Ribavirin is not effective when used alone to treat hepatitis C. It must be used together with an interferon alfa product (such as Peg-Intron or Intron A) to treat chronic hepatitis C. Take this medication by mouth, usually twice daily with food for 24 to 48 weeks. Swallow this medication whole. The daily dose is 800 mg to 1200 mg administered orally in two divided doses. The recommended dose for hepatitis C in HCV/HIV coinfected patients is 800 mg daily for a total of 48 weeks, regardless of genotype.
Before taking Copegus you should talk with your doctor if you have kidney or liver disease, hepatitis B infection, blood cell disorder, cancer, psoriasis, diabetes, sarcoidosis, thyroid disorder, human immunodeficiency virus (HIV or AIDS), heart disease, high blood pressure, or a heart attack, pancreatitis, diabetes, depression or suicide attempt, drug or alcohol addiction, liver or other organ transplant. This drug may make you dizzy or unusually tired or cause blurred vision. Do not drive or perform tasks that require alertness. Avoid alcoholic beverages. Alcohol can increase the risk of damage to your liver. Elderly people may be at greater risk for anemia while using this drug.
You should not take Copegus if you are allergic to it, are pregnant or breastfeeding. If you are a man, do not take it if your female sexual partner is pregnant. Do not take this medication if you have liver disease, autoimmune hepatitis, hemoglobin disorder such as anemia, thalassemia, or sickle-cell anemia.
Possible side effect
Get emergency medical help if you have nausea, diarrhea, stomach upset, bloody stools, headache, dizziness, blurred vision, fever, chills, sore throat, muscle aches, cough, hair loss, low appetite, weight loss or gain, dry skin, and changes in taste or hearing, unusual tiredness, weakness, fast or irregular heartbeat, trouble breathing, mental or mood changes, joint pain, dark urine, yellowing of eyes and skin, rash, swelling of the face, tongue, throat, itching, trouble breathing, sleep problems (insomnia). If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor.
Tell your doctor about all other medications you use, especially: antacids, anti-HIV drugs (lamivudine, stavudine, zidovudine), didanosine. Interaction between two medications does not always mean that you must stop taking one of them. Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking.
Take the missed dose as soon as possible. Skip the missed dose if it is time for your next scheduled dose. Don't take extra medicine to make up the missed dose.
If you think you have overdosed the medicine seek emergency medical help at once. The overdose symptoms are chest pain, bleeding, general ill feeling, sweating, urinating less than usual, bruising, nausea.
Store the medicine at room temperature between 59-77 degrees F (15-25 degrees C) away from light and moisture. Do not store the drugs in the bathroom. Keep all drugs away from reach of children and pets.
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