Galexos (Simeprevir) is a prescription medication used to treat chronic hepatitis C and hepatitis B infections. Hepatitis is a viral infection that affects the liver cells (hepatocytes) and impairs liver function. The active ingredient in Galexos is Simeprevir. Simeprevir belongs to the class of medications called protease inhibitors. Protease is an enzyme that is needed by viruses for reproduction. Galexos works by blocking the action of protease, slowing the growth of the virus.
We currently offer the brand Galexos from Canada manufactured by Janssen in the strength of 150 mg tablets. The generic version is not available.
Get medical help immediately if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction while taking Galexos. The most common side effects of Galexos may include the following:
• Muscle weakness and pain occasionally;
• Nausea and vomiting;
• Rash, including photosensitivity rash
Contact your doctor right away if you have any of the serious side effects, including:
• Severe itching;
• Skin rash;
• Worsening of symptoms such as weight loss, yellowness of the eyes and dark colour urine
Before taking Simeprevir, tell your doctor if you are allergic to it or have other allergies. Galexos is a tablet and should be taken with food once daily. It is usually taken for 3 or 6 months, depending on the nature of your condition. It may take a few weeks before you notice the effect of this medicine. Do not take more than your prescribed dose to make it work faster. This may worsen your condition. Galexos may be taken with other antiviral medication. Your doctor may conduct blood tests frequently to ascertain the effectiveness and response to treatment. You should follow your prescription label carefully. Consult your doctor if you experience a serious side effect or if there is no improvement in your condition.
Before you start taking this medication, tell your doctor about your medical history, especially if you:
• Are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed;
• Are pregnant or plan to become pregnant;
• Have had episodes of depression or seizures;
• Have high levels of cholesterol or triglycerides in your blood;
• Have problems with your heartbeat;
• Have lung or breathing problems
Tell your doctor immediately if you become pregnant or think you may be pregnant. During pregnancy, Simeprevir should be used cautiously when combined with ribavirin and peginterferon alfa. In addition, women of reproductive age and their partners should not receive ribavirin unless they use effective contraception (2 reliable forms) during treatment with ribavirin and 6 months after treatment. You should consult your doctor about the risk associated with Galexos tablets. It is unknown if this Simeprevir passes into breastmilk. Consult your doctor before breastfeeding. Tell your doctor about all your medications, including prescription, OTC, herbal supplements, and vitamins. There may be a drug interaction between Simeprevir and other medications such as aliskiren, amiodarone, carvedilol, antifungals, and benzodiazepines.
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