What is Velpanat used for:
Velpanat (Sofosbuvir Velpatasvir), is a fixed-dose combination medication recommended for treating hepatitis C in adult patients. This medication combines sofosbuvir 400 mg and velpatasvir 100 mg. It is specifically more than 90% effective for the hepatitis C genotypes 1 through 6. It is also recommended for hepatitis C in those who also have cirrhosis or HIV/AIDS.
Velpanat one tablet (sofosbuvir 400 mg and velpatasvir 100 mg) should be taken orally at about the same time each day, either with or without food. Sofosbuvir and velpatasvir tablets should be swallowed whole with water. Avoid the consumption of opened, broken, or chewed tablets.
Side effects of Velpanat:
Sometimes Velpanat may leave a few most common adverse reactions include: fatigue, shortness of breath, anemia, nausea, not feeling well, chest pains, headache, insomnia and diarrhea.
Warnings and Precautions
- Before taking this drug inform your healthcare provider if you have liver problems other than hepatitis C infection, have severe kidney problems or you are on dialysis.
- If Velpanat is used with the ribavirin, the warnings, as well as precautions for ribavirin, should apply to this combinational regimen. Please refer to the full prescribing information of ribavirin.
- Patients who experience symptoms of the bradycardia must seek medical evaluation right away. Symptoms may include tiredness, shortness of breath, near-fainting or fainting, dizziness, malaise, weakness, confusion, memory problems or chest pain.
- Fatal cardiac arrest has been reported in such patients who consume amiodarone who was coadministered a sofosbuvir containing regimen (Harvoni).
- The combination regimen of velpanat and ribavirin is contraindicated in such patients for whom ribavirin is strictly contraindicated.
- Dosage recommendation should not be made for the patients with the end stage renal disease or severe renal impairment.
- Sofosbuvir and velpatasvir should be avoided if you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant.
- It is unknown if this medicine is safe and effective in children who are under 18 years of age.
- Do not take this medication if you’re breastfeeding.
- It is crucial that you do not miss or skip doses of Velpanat during the treatment.
- If you consume too much Velpanat, call your healthcare professional or go to the nearest hospital emergency room right away.