COPEGUS is very useful in treating chronic hepatitis C and it works by interfering with the production and/or action of viral DNA and RNA which are critical to the survival and multiplication of the virus.
Following the dosage instructions of your doctor is the best way to use any medication. If you are unsure or do not remember the instructions then you may read the medicine label for more detailed information.
You are advised to take COPEGUS with a meal.
Please drink plenty of water with COPEGUS to avoid side effects.
A pregnancy test is mandatory in every month while using this medication and for 6 months after treatment ends to make sure no pregnancy occurs.
It is very important that you complete the dosage schedule and do not interrupt it in between without seeking prior consultation from your doctor. Taking your medication at the same time each day is a tried and tested method to avoid missing any doses.
Drug Class and Mechanism
COPEGUS falls under antiviral drug and it works by interfering with the production and/or action of viral DNA and RNA which are critical to the survival and multiplication of the virus.
Despite your best attempts at remembering, if you still miss out on a dose, then take it as soon as you remember about it. But keep in mind that you will have to adjust your next dose by spacing it out by 4 to 5 hours. If this is not possible, then the best thing to do would be to skip the missed dose and continue with your normal dosage schedule.
Never try to compensate for the missed dose by taking a double dose together. It may cause adverse effects.
Store COPEGUS at room temperature, between 59-86 degrees F(15-30 degrees C). Always keep it in a cool dark place that is not directly exposed to sources of heat or moisture and sunlight. Protect it from kids and pets.
Doctors advise against using COPEGUS if you are allergic to any ingredient in it or if you have conditions like severe heart disease, kidney disease, blood disorders (e.g., sickle cell anemia, low hemoglobin), other types of hepatitis (e.g., autoimmune hepatitis).
Discuss your past/current medical history in detail with your doctor before beginning treatment with any new medication. If you are using any herbal supplements or over the counter medication, including vitamin pills, then mention it to your doctor.
COPEGUS may increase the risk of getting dizziness or drowsiness. This risk greatly increases if you combine it with alcoholic beverages. So please avoid them while using COPEGUS. Also, avoid undertaking any tasks which require mental alertness (driving, handling heavy machinery etc).
COPEGUS is harmful during pregnancy. So you are advised to take special care to make sure not to get pregnant while using this drug.
If you are a nursing mother and breast feed your baby, then too, seek consultation before using COPEGUS as some drugs are excreted in the breast milk and may enter the baby.
Most medications have some kind of side effects associated with them. The commonest of these side effects are temporary and mild and fade away without any special attention.
These include nausea, vomiting, headache, dizziness, blurred vision, stomach upset, trouble sleeping, and flu-like symptoms (e.g., fever, chills, sore throat, muscle aches).
However, in some cases, these mild side effects may persist or become bothersome. In such cases, seek medical attention.
Also, in some rare cases, it may lead to severe side effects like unusual tiredness and weakness (fatigue), dark urine, yellowing eyes, mental/mood changes (including severe depression or suicidal thoughts), trouble breathing.
Seek medical attention if you notice any of these side effects.
Side effects that are not listed here may also occur.