Solvadi is a brand name for sofosbuvir, a relatively new drug to treat hepatitis C. First approved in Europe at the beginning of 2014, Sofosbuvir is researched to be a good drug to treat all genotypes of hepatitis c in adults.
For some patients, this is the first drug advised by their doctor to treat their hep c infection. However, it can also be a shorter form of treatment for some patients. As early treatment of this disease is necessary for the protection of the liver, this medication has proven to be a success in many cases.
How Does It Work?
It has a great reputation for treating hep c because of its aggressive action against this infection. It is a new direct-acting antiviral drug that attacks the hep c virus in its different life cycles. It blocks every polymerase enzyme that the hep c virus uses to reproduce. It can also be used in combination with other medication, which improves the immune system of the body.
Who Can Use This Drug?
Usually, this solvadi is only recommended to adults who are suffering from chronic hep c. Chronic hep c patients are those who have had the infection for more than 6 months. It can treat all kinds of hep c genotypes as well so doctors are much more confident with this drug than any other.
It can also be used by patients who are facing this disease for the first time and are going for the treatment for the first time as well. It is also good to use by patients who are retreating this disease and were unable to cure this disease previously.
Sofosbuvir can also be taken by HIV positive patients as it does not interfere with HIV drugs. However, they should remain under the care of their doctor. It is also safe to use by patients who are in any or all stages of liver disease. Patients of cirrhosis or patients with advanced liver damage can also safely take it.
How to Take This Medication?
Much like other hep c treatment drugs, you should take a single pill once a day. It is often recommended that sofosbuvir should be taken with food because it becomes ineffective if it is taken without food and that can lead to resistance of the drug. The treatment with this drug can go as long as 24 weeks and as low as 12 weeks, depending upon your condition.
When It Should Not Be Taken?
Generally speaking, sofosbuvir is pretty much well received by patients and does not have any known side effects of the drug. It is unclear if it is safe to be taken while pregnant and there isn’t any research that proves if it is harmful or for pregnant or breastfeeding women.
Since there are no known contradictions or contraindications of this drug, it is generally well-received by patients and doctors as well. However, it is mostly used in combination with other medications so it is best to take this medication with the guidance of your doctor. Always seek the advice of your doctor before taking any medicine.