What are the common side effects of VIEKIRA PAK or VIEKIRA PAK-RBV?1,2

All medicines can have side effects. Some side effects can be unwanted and even serious, but most often they are not.

The most common side effects of VIEKIRA PAK are nausea, tiredness, itching, insomnia (trouble sleeping), and weakness. For VIEKIRA PAK-RBV, people may also experience anaemia (low blood haemoglobin).

The following side effects are less common but could occur, particularly if you are taking ribavirin (VIEKIRA PAK-RBV). You may not experience any of them, but tell your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist if you are worried by any of the following: dizziness, headaches, diarrhoea, vomiting, cough, dry skin, rash or decreased appetite.

The above lists include the more common side effects of your medicine. They are usually mild and short-lived. If you are worried about any side effects, tell your Hep C doctor, nurse, or pharmacist as soon as possible. They may be able to help you reduce the symptoms.

While allergic reactions are very uncommon, seek medical help immediately if you experience any signs such as shortness of breath or trouble breathing, chest tightness, or swelling of the face, lips or tongue.

If you have any questions about possible side effects, ask your doctor or pharmacist.

If you have any remaining questions about VIEKIRA PAK or VIEKIRA PAK-RBV, speak to your Hep C doctor, pharmacist, or nurse, or read the Consumer Medicines Information (CMI) available on Medsafe for VIEKIRA PAK or VIEKIRA PAK-RBV, or from your pharmacist.

Serious signs of worsening liver function

You should seek medical help immediately if you experience any of the serious problems described below, which would indicate that your liver function has deteriorated or ‘decompensated’:

  • signs of internal bleeding
  • bruising, swelling or fluid in the feet, legs or stomach
  • confusion
  • jaundice (yellowing of the eyes and skin)