MyHep (Sofosbuvir) is mostly prescribed for the treatment of Hepatitis C and can treat genotypes 1, 2, 3, and 4 of Hepatitis C. It is to be taken along with other medications in combination. These other medications are usually ribavirin (for all four genotypes) and pegylated interferon (for genotypes 1 and 4).
MyHep (Sofosbuvir) will be prescribed for a period of 12 weeks in most cases for genotypes 1,2 and 3. For genotype 4 the treatment period is usually 24 weeks. You may be instructed differently by your doctor and should follow their advice as these are only guidelines. If you are taking ribavirin and/or pegylated interferon, these should be taken for the same length of time. It is advised to take the medicines at the same time, and to do so at the same time each day. If you take MyHep in the morning it can help to reduce associated sleeping disorders, and if you take it with food it can help reduce nausea.
Sofosbuvir is usually prescribed at a dosage of 400mg. Depending on your weight, the genotype of Hepatitis C Virus that has been contracted, and other factors determined by your doctor, you may be prescribed a different dosage. Only take the dosage that has been prescribed by your doctor. Dosage could be increased to 600 mg per day depending on how treatment is progressing. Do not adjust the dosage by yourself. Your doctor will advise you if you need to adjust your dosage based on testing.
Tell your doctor of any prescription medications, over-the-counter medications, herbal treatments or nutritional supplements you tare taking.
MyHep (Sofosbuvir) should not be taken alone. It should be taken as part of an overall treatment plan for hepatitis C usually also containing ribavirin and pegylated interferon.
Do not take Sofosbuvir while pregnant or while trying to become pregnant. Sofosbuvir can cause birth defects, damage to the fetus, or early termination of pregnancy. You should use mulitple forms of contraception while taking this medication and for 6 months after treatment ends to prevent pregnancy.
Sofosbuvir can cause sever diarrhea in some cases. In you experience this, be sure to maintain your fluid intake to sufficient levels to prevent dehydration.
MyHep (Sofosbuvir) is well tolerated by the majority of people. It is common to experience some nausea and insomnia, especially when starting to take sufosbuvir. You can reduce the severity of these side effects by taking MyHep with food (for nausea) and taking your dose in the morning (for insomnia).
Sofosbuvir could reduce your red blood cell count. Regular blood tests can ensure that these levels remain within normal limits.
Liver function can be affected by taking MyHep (Sofosbuvir). Any patients with a history of pre-existing liver problems should not use this Sofosbuvir. Liver function tests should be taken on a regular basis while treating Hepatitis C with Sofosbuvir.
If you experience severe diarrhea, changes to heart rate or breathing difficulties while taking sofosbuvir, let your doctor know immediately.