Brand name - Velakast
Trade name - Epclusa
Generic name - Sofosbuvir/Velpatasvir
Company - Aprazer Healthcare
Manufacturer - Natco
Salt composition - Velpatasvir and Sofosbuvir
Storage - Store below 30°C
Dosage form - Oral (tablet)
Strength - 400mg + 100mg
Packaging - Bottle of 28 tablets
Gender - Unisex
Active ingredient - Velpatasvir and Sofosbuvir
Prescription required - Yes
Indication - Used to treat chronic Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) infection
Velakast is a combination of Sofosbuvir and Velpatasvir, used to treat chronic (long-lasting) Hepatitis C Virus in adults. It slows the multiplication process of the virus and helps the immune system to fight against the infection. Velakast is a fixed dose tablet for oral administration. It is advised to take the dose everyday at the same time. It may help your liver to recover.
The effect of Sofosbuvir (Velakast) 400 mg (recommended dosage) and 1200 mg (three times the recommended dosage) on QTc interval was demonstrated in an active-controlled (moxifloxacin 400 mg) thorough QT trial. Sofosbuvir (Velakast) does not prolong QTc to any clinically relevant extent, at three times the recommended dose. The effect of Velpatasvir (Velakast) 500 mg (five times the recommended dosage) was demonstrated in an active-controlled (moxifloxacin 400 mg) thorough QT trial. Velpatasvir (Velakast) does not prolong QTc interval to any clinically relevant extent, at five times the recommended dose.
The active ingredient of Velakast is Sofosbuvir/Velpatasvir. The inactive ingredients are Titanium Dioxide IP and Brilliant Blue FCF, Polyethylene Glycol, Polyvinyl Alcohol, Talc and Titanium Dioxide.
Usage of medicine
Velakast (Velpatasvir and Sofosbuvir) tablet is used in the treatment of chronic Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) infection.
Side-effects of Velakast Tablet
Dark colored urine
Your healthcare provider will prescribe you the dose. Take the dose exactly as prescribed, without any alteration/manipulation.
If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you remember. If it is already the time for the next dose, do not take 2 doses. Do not double the doses to catch up.
Please contact your healthcare provider immediately.
Warning and precautions
Consult your healthcare provider before taking this medicine. Do not decide your dose on your own. Make sure to take the exact dose as your doctor tells you. Do not alter or increase the strength of the dose, unless your healthcare provider tells you.
Avoid drinking alcohol.
Make sure to tell your doctor about your medical history and the medicines you already take because Velakast may cause adverse reactions with other medicines.
If you have kidney disease, tell your doctor before starting the course. You may need dose alterations in that case.
It is advised to tell your doctor if you have liver disease, before taking this medicine.
Avoid driving and operating heavy machines, unless you are feeling well. Velakast may cause side effects like drowsiness, that may affect your concentration level.
Q1- What is Velakast Tablet?
A- Velakast is a combination of Sofosbuvir and Velpatasvir, used to treat chronic (long-lasting) Hepatitis C Virus in adults.
Q2- How should I take Velakast Tablet?
A- Take Velakast exactly as your healthcare provider tells you. Do not crush, chew or break the tablet. Swallow it as a whole.
Q3- What are the possible side effects of Velakast Tablet?
A- There can be side effects such as nausea, vomiting, insomnia, fatigue, urine infection, dark colored urine, headache and diarrhea. Please consult your healthcare provider if you experience these or any other side effects.
Q4- In what strength is Velakast Tablet available?
A- Velakast is available in the strength of 400mg + 100mg.
Q5- What should be done if I miss a dose?
A- If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you remember. Do not take the missed dose if it is already the time for the next dose.
Q6- What should I avoid while consuming this medicine?
A- Avoid consumption of fatty or sugary foods.
Q7- What are self care tips?
A- Stay hydrated.
Q8- Can I take Velakast during pregnancy?
A- Before taking any medication in pregnancy, make sure to contact your doctor.
Q9- Can I take Velakast during breastfeeding?
A- Your healthcare provider can make this clear if Velakast is safe for consumption during breastfeeding or not.
Q10- Can I drive after taking this medicine?
A- Do not drive or operate machines if you feel unwell.
Q11- What are the storage conditions for this medicine?
A- Store below 30°C. Keep away from direct light, heat and moisture. Keep it out of children's reach.
Q12- Can I take this medicine if I have kidney disease?
A- Velakast (Sofosbuvir/Velpatasvir) should be used with caution in patients having kidney disease. Please consult your doctor before taking this medicine.
Q13- Can I take this medicine if I have liver disease?
A- It is usually safe to consume this medicine if you have liver disease. But, to avoid any adverse reaction, consult your doctor before consuming this medicine.
Q14- Is Velakast a habit forming medicine?
A- No habit forming tendencies were noted.