Proper Use

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This medicine should come with a Medication Guide. Read and follow the information carefully. Ask your doctor if you have any questions. Ask your pharmacist for the Medication Guide if you do not have one.

To help clear up your infection completely, boceprevir must be taken together with peginterferon alfa and ribavirin for the full time of treatment, even if you begin to feel better after a few days. Also, it is important to keep the amount of medicine in your body at a steady level. To help keep the amount constant, boceprevir must be used on a regular schedule.

Take this medicine with a meal or light snack.

Do not change or suddenly stop using this medicine without checking first with your doctor.

Dosing

The dose of this medicine will be different for different patients. Follow your doctor's orders or the directions on the label. The following information includes only the average doses of this medicine. If your dose is different, do not change it unless your doctor tells you to do so.

The amount of medicine that you take depends on the strength of the medicine. Also, the number of doses you take each day, the time allowed between doses, and the length of time you take the medicine depend on the medical problem for which you are using the medicine.

  • For oral dosage form (capsules):
    • For hepatitis C virus infection, in combination with peginterferon alfa and ribavirin:
      • Adults—800 milligrams (mg) (four 200-mg capsules) three times a day with food. Each dose should be taken 7 to 9 hours apart.
      • Children—Use and dose must be determined by your doctor.

Missed Dose

If you miss a dose of this medicine, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not double doses.

If you miss a dose or forget to use it, and it is less than 2 hours before your next regular dose, wait until then to take the medicine and skip the missed dose. If you miss a dose and it is more than 2 hours before your next regular dose, go ahead and take the missed dose and take the next regular dose as scheduled. If you have any questions about this, ask your pharmacist or doctor.

Storage

Keep out of the reach of children.

Do not keep outdated medicine or medicine no longer needed.

Ask your healthcare professional how you should dispose of any medicine you do not use.

Store the medicine in a closed container in the refrigerator. You may also store it at room temperature, away from excessive heat, for up to 3 months.