What is telaprevir?
Telaprevir is a prescription medicine approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) genotype 1 infection. Telaprevir is always used in combination with the medicines peginterferon and ribavirin. HCV is an opportunistic infection. An opportunistic infection is an infection that occurs more frequently or is more severe in people with weakened immune systems—such as those infected with HIV—than in people with healthy immune systems.
The Guidelines for the Prevention and Treatment of Opportunistic Infections in HIV-Infected Adults and Adolescents, prepared by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and the HIV Medicine Association of the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA-HIVMA), includes recommendations on the HIV-related use of telaprevir to treat chronic HCV infection (genotype 1).
What should I tell my health care provider before taking telaprevir?
Before taking telaprevir, tell your health care provider:
- If you are allergic to telaprevir or any other medicines.
- About any medical conditions you have or have had, for example, diabetes or liver problems.
- About anything that could affect your ability to take medicines, such as difficulty swallowing or remembering to take pills.
- If you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. Telaprevir must be taken with peginterferon and ribavirin. The combination of these medicines may cause birth defects or death of an unborn child. Pregnant women and men whose partners are pregnant or plan to become pregnant should not use these medicines.
- If you are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed. Do not breastfeed if you are infected with HIV.
- About other prescription and nonprescription medicines, vitamins, nutritional supplements, and herbal products you are taking or plan to take. Ask your health care provider if there are interactions between telaprevir and the other medicines you take.
Ask your health care provider about possible side effects from telaprevir. Your health care provider will tell you what to do if you have side effects.
How should I take telaprevir?
Take telaprevir according to your health care provider’s instructions. Your health care provider will tell you how much telaprevir to take and when to take it. Before you start telaprevir and each time you get a refill, read any printed information that comes with your medicine.
How should telaprevir be stored?
- Store telaprevir tablets at room temperature, between 59°F and 86°F (15°C to 30°C).
- Safely throw away telaprevir that is no longer needed or expired (out of date).
- Keep telaprevir and all medicines out of reach of children.
Where can I find more information about telaprevir?
More information about telaprevir is available:
The above Patient Version drug summary is based on the following FDA label(s): Tablet (film coated)
Last Reviewed: May 7, 2013
Last Updated: May 7, 2013