About MyHep: MyHep (Sofosbuvir) - 400mg is an oral antiviral medicine prescribed for treating Hepatitis C. The medicine prevents the hepatitis C virus (HCV) from multiplying and gives the liver a chance to recover. The active ingredient, Sofosbuvir, can treat genotypes 1, 2, 3 and 4 of HCV. It is supplemented with other drugs namely pegylated interferon (genotype 1 and 4), and ribavarin which treats all four. This combination is mandatory for dealing with chronic hepatitis C.
How to use MyHep
This drug comes in tablet form with 400mg strength. Swallow the tablet whole, with some water, without chewing or breaking it. MyHep (Sofosbuvir) should be taken for a period of between 12 and 24 weeks. If you are taking other treatments together with MyHep, take all of them at the same time every day and for the same duration as Sofosbuvir. It is advisable to take MyHep (Sofosbuvir) in the morning to ward off insomnia and with some food to prevent nausea.
When it comes to dosage, the doctor considers your weight and the genotype you’ve been diagnosed with. The doctor then proceeds to prescribe a dosage considering these two and other factors. Normal dosage is 400mg per day. Dosage can be increased to 600mg per day depending on how you are responding to treatment. The treatment will need tests to be taken at intervals to monitor progress. For genotypes 1, 2 and 3 the drug is administered for a period of 12 weeks. Genotype 4, however, takes 24 weeks to treat. If you are taking other drugs like ribavirin, make sure all of them are taken for the same duration.
MyHep Side Effects
MyHep very rarely produces side effects because most people have a high tolerance for it. Nausea and insomnia are common side effects of Sofosbuvir. Take the drug with food to reduce nausea and in the morning to counter insomnia. Sofosbuvir also reduces the red blood cell count and it should be monitored during routine tests. Patients with a history of liver problems can experience lower liver function as a side effect.
Routine tests have to be taken by the physician and should include the HCV count, red blood cell count and liver function testing. MyHep (Sofosbuvir) should be taken with other drugs like ribavirin and pegylated interferon. Inform your doctor of any other medicine you are taking, be it OTC drugs, supplements and herbal medicine. This drug is not safe for pregnant mothers as it can cause birth defects, fetal damage and miscarriages.