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Read this Patient Information before you start taking OLYSIO and each time you get a refill. There may be new information. This information does not take the place of talking with your healthcare provider about your medical condition or your treatment.
Important: You should not take OLYSIO alone. OLYSIO should be used together with other antiviral medicines to treat chronic hepatitis C virus infection. When taking OLYSIO in combination with peginterferon alfa and ribavirin you should also read those Medication Guides. When taking OLYSIO in combination with sofosbuvir, you should also read its Patient Information leaflet.
What is the most important information I should know about OLYSIO?
- If you are pregnant, or plan to become pregnant, talk with your healthcare provider before taking OLYSIO. It is not known if OLYSIO will harm your unborn baby. Also read the Medication Guides for peginterferon alfa and ribavirin if your healthcare provider prescribes these medications for you in combination with OLYSIO.
- Females must use an effective form of birth control during treatment with OLYSIO. Talk with your healthcare provider about birth control methods that you may use during treatment with OLYSIO.
OLYSIO may cause serious side effects, including:
OLYSIO combination treatment with sofosbuvir (Sovaldi®) may result in slowing of the heart rate (pulse) along with other symptoms when taken with amiodarone (Cordarone®, Nexterone®, Pacerone®), a medicine used to treat certain heart problems.
- If you are taking OLYSIO with sofosbuvir and amiodarone and you get any of the following symptoms, or if you have a slow heart rate call your healthcare provider right away:
OLYSIO may cause severe liver problems in some people. These severe liver problems may lead to liver failure or death.
- Your healthcare provider may do blood tests to check your liver function during treatment with OLYSIO.
- Your healthcare provider may tell you to stop taking OLYSIO if you develop signs and symptoms of liver problems.
- Tell your healthcare provider right away if you develop
any of the following symptoms, or if they worsen during treatment with OLYSIO:
- nausea and vomiting
- yellowing of your skin or eyes
- loss of appetite
- color changes in your stools
OLYSIO combination treatment may cause rashes and skin reactions to sunlight. These rashes and skin reactions to sunlight can be severe and you may need to be treated in a hospital. Rashes and skin reactions to sunlight are most common during the first 4 weeks of treatment, but can happen at any time during combination treatment with OLYSIO.
- Limit sunlight exposure during treatment with OLYSIO.
- Use sunscreen and wear a hat, sunglasses, and protective clothing during treatment with OLYSIO.
- Avoid use of tanning beds, sunlamps, or other types of light therapy during treatment with OLYSIO.
- Call your healthcare provider right away if you get any
of the following symptoms:
- burning, redness, swelling or blisters on your skin o red or inflamed eyes, like “pink eye” (conjunctivitis)
- mouth sores or ulcers
What is OLYSIO?
- OLYSIO is a prescription medicine used with other antiviral medicines to treat chronic (lasting a long time) hepatitis C virus genotype 1 or 4 infection. OLYSIO should not be taken alone.
- OLYSIO is not for people with certain types of liver problems.
It is not known if OLYSIO is safe and effective in children under 18 years of age.
What should I tell my healthcare provider before taking OLYSIO?
Before taking OLYSIO, tell your healthcare provider if you:
- have liver problems other than hepatitis C virus infection
- have ever taken any medicine to treat hepatitis C virus infection
- had a liver transplant
- are receiving phototherapy
- have any other medical condition
- are breastfeeding. It is not known if OLYSIO passes into your breast milk. You and your healthcare provider should decide if you will take OLYSIO or breastfeed. You should not do both.
Tell your healthcare provider about all the medicines you take, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements. Some medicines may interact with OLYSIO. This can cause you to have too much or not enough OLYSIO or other medicines in your body, which may affect the way OLYSIO or your other medicines work, or may cause side effects. Keep a list of your medicines and show it to your healthcare provider and pharmacist.
- You can ask your healthcare provider or pharmacist for a list of medicines that interact with OLYSIO.
- Do not start taking a new medicine without telling your healthcare provider. Your healthcare provider can tell you if it is safe to take OLYSIO with other medicines.
How should I take OLYSIO?
- Take OLYSIO exactly as your healthcare provider tells you to take it. Do not change your dose unless your healthcare provider tells you to.
- Do not stop taking OLYSIO unless your healthcare provider tells you to. If you think there is a reason to stop taking OLYSIO, talk to your healthcare provider before doing so.
- Take 1 OLYSIO capsule each day with food.
- Swallow OLYSIO capsules whole.
- It is important that you do not miss or skip doses of OLYSIO during treatment.
- Do not take two doses of OLYSIO at the same time to make up for a missed dose.
- If you take too much OLYSIO, call your healthcare provider right away or go to the nearest hospital emergency room.
What are the possible side effects of OLYSIO?
- See “What is the most important information I should know about OLYSIO?”
The most common side effects of OLYSIO when used in combination with peginterferon alfa and ribavirin include:
- skin rash
The most common side effects of OLYSIO when used in combination with sofosbuvir include:
Tell your healthcare provider if you have any side effect that bothers you or that does not go away.
These are not all of the possible side effects of OLYSIO. For more information, ask your healthcare provider or pharmacist.
Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
How should I store OLYSIO?
- Store OLYSIO at room temperature below 86°F (30°C).
- Store OLYSIO in the original bottle to protect it from light.
Keep OLYSIO and all medicines out of the reach of children.
General information about the safe and effective use of OLYSIO
Medicines are sometimes prescribed for purposes other than those listed in a Patient Information leaflet. Do not use OLYSIO for a condition for which it was not prescribed. Do not give your OLYSIO to other people, even if they have the same symptoms that you have. It may harm them.
If you would like more information about OLYSIO, talk with your pharmacist or healthcare provider. You can ask your pharmacist or healthcare provider for information about OLYSIO that is written for health professionals.
For more information about OLYSIO, go to www.OLYSIO.com or call 1-800-526-7736.
What are the ingredients in OLYSIO?
Active ingredient: simeprevir
Inactive ingredients: colloidal anhydrous silica, croscarmellose sodium, lactose monohydrate, magnesium stearate, sodium lauryl sulphate. The white capsule contains gelatin and titanium dioxide (E171) and is printed with ink containing iron oxide black (E172) and shellac (E904).
Last reviewed on RxList: 3/31/2016
This monograph has been modified to include the generic and brand name in many instances.
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