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What is Sovaldi
Sovaldi is a direct-acting antiviral agent, meaning that it directly blocks the hepatitis C virus (HCV) life cycle. By interfering with the HCV enzyme called NS5B RNA-dependent RNA polymerase, the virus cannot make new viruses.
What is Sovaldi used for
Sovaldi is used for the treatment of chronic hepatitis C infection in adults with genotype 1, 2, 3 or 4. It must be taken in combination with either ribavirin or with pegylated interferon (peginterferon) and ribavirin.
Note: Genotype means the genetic makeup of living things and is used to distinguish the different types of HCV. HCV has more than six different genotypes and the 6 genotypes respond to anti-HCV drugs differently.
How well does Sovaldi work
How is Sovaldi different from peginterferon alfa and ribavirin
What is the dosage of Sovaldi
Sovaldi is supplied as 400 mg tablets. The dose is 400 mg orally once a day with or without food. It is given in combination with ribavirin or in combination with pegylated interferon and ribavirin. The treatment duratiomn is 12 to 48 weeks.
What are the side effects of Sovaldi
Serious: Severe depression; decrease amount of red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets
Sovaldi Drug Interactions
Sovaldi has several drug interactions. The following drug classes and drugs interact with Sovaldi by decreasing its amount in the body, preventing a person from getting the full benefits of Sovaldi. Therefore, they should not be taken together.
What is the price of Sovaldi
According to the manufacturer and local pharmacies, Sovaldi costs around $1,000 for one tablet, the dose for one day. It cost $30,000 fo 30 tablets (1 month suppply), $84,000 for 12 weeks and $168,000 for 24 weeks.
How to obtain prescription assistance for Sovaldi
Use these resources for assistance with the cost of Sovaldi.
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