Questions about MAVIRET treatment
What does MAVIRET and the packaging look like?
MAVIRET is an oval pink tablet with ‘NXT’ stamped on one side.
MAVIRET tablets are packed into foil blister daily dose packs:
Each weekly box contains 7 of these foil blister daily dose packs:
A monthly carton contains 4 of these weekly boxes (84 tablets in total):
Tablet images are for illustrative purposes only.
What dose do I need to take?
3 tablets taken together, once a day with food.
If you have been prescribed MAVIRET, your daily dose will be the same no matter which typeø of hepatitis C (hep C) you have.
The dose is the same for adults and adolescents (12 years and older).
How do I take MAVIRET?
You can eat a snack like a banana or yoghurt or have a full meal. It’s up to you.
Swallow the tablets whole with a full glass of water. Do not chew, crush or break the tablets.
When should I take MAVIRET?
Take MAVIRET at about the same time each day.
Taking it at the same time each day will have the best effect. It will also help you remember when to take it.
How long should I take my MAVIRET tablets?
Most people take MAVIRET for 8 weeks (2 months). Some people will need to take MAVIRET for 12 weeks (3 months) or 16 weeks (4 months). Your healthcare professional will tell you how long you need to take MAVIRET.
Always take MAVIRET exactly as your healthcare professional tells you. Do not change your dose.
Even if you are feeling better before the end of your course, it is vital that you keep taking MAVIRET as prescribed by your healthcare professional. This will give you the best chance of successfully clearing the virus.
Three tips for staying on track with MAVIRET
- Pick the same meal or snack time each day to take MAVIRET
- Set a daily reminder
- Once you get your prescription, make a list of important phone numbers, like your healthcare professional or other personal support contacts, for when you have questions.
What should I do if I miss a dose?
It’s very important that you take MAVIRET every day and don’t miss any doses.
However, if you do miss a dose, please follow the instructions below.
If you are not sure what to do, ask your healthcare professional.
What if I take too much MAVIRET (overdose)?
Immediately telephone your doctor, call the Poisons Information Centre on 0800 POISON (0800 764 766), or go to your nearest Accident and Emergency. If you think you or anyone else may have taken too much MAVIRET. Do this even if there are no signs of discomfort or poisoning. You may need urgent medical attention.
It would be helpful to take the medicine pack with you so that you can show the healthcare professional what you have taken.
Can I take other medicines while I’m taking MAVIRET?
Because medicines can interact with each other, it is important to tell your doctor, nurse, and pharmacist about all the medicines you take. Also tell them about any supplements and remedies that you buy without a prescription from your pharmacy, supermarket, or health food store. It’s a good idea to write a list that you can show your healthcare professional.
Don’t start any new medicines without talking to your healthcare professional about whether they can be used at the same time as you are taking MAVIRET.
Talk to your healthcare professional for more information and please refer to the MAVIRET Consumer Medicine Information for a full list of medicines you must not take or need to inform your doctor about before starting MAVIRET.
Is it OK to take MAVIRET if I am pregnant?
Tell your healthcare professional if you are pregnant or trying to become pregnant.
It is not known if taking MAVIRET while you are pregnant will harm your unborn baby. Your doctor can discuss the risks and benefits involved.
If you fall pregnant while on MAVIRET, inform your doctor or nurse as soon as possible.
Can I breastfeed while taking MAVIRET?
Tell your healthcare professional if you are breastfeeding or are planning to breastfeed.
It is not known if MAVIRET can be passed into breast milk. Your healthcare professional can discuss the risks and benefits involved.
Can I take my contraceptive?
Some contraceptives should not be taken during treatment with MAVIRET, so your healthcare professional may ask you to change your contraceptive.
Does it really matter when I take MAVIRET?
Yes, always take your tablets daily as directed by your doctor. Taking MAVIRET at the same time each day will have the best effect. It will also help you remember when to take it.
How can I remember to take MAVIRET every day?
There are many ways to remember. For example, you could set a reminder on your phone or online calendar. Or you could leave sticky notes on the front door to remind you before you go out.
How do I store MAVIRET?
Keep your tablets in the pack until it is time to take them.
Keep MAVIRET in a cool, dry place where the temperature stays below 30°C.
- Do not store it in the bathroom, near a sink, or on a windowsill.
- Do not leave it in the car. Heat and dampness can destroy some medicines.
Keep it where young children cannot reach it.
Do not use this medicine after the expiry date.
Getting rid of any unwanted medicine
If your doctor advises that you no longer need to take this medicine or it is out of date, take it to any pharmacy for safe disposal.
What should I do if I lose my medication?
If you lose your medication, it is important that you contact your healthcare professional to get a new prescription as quickly as possible.
Can I drink alcohol while on MAVIRET?
For any questions about drinking alcohol while taking MAVIRET, please talk to your healthcare professional.
Can I take MAVIRET while I’m in recovery or part of a program for addiction?
Before starting MAVIRET, talk to your healthcare professional about your liver function and about all the medicines you take, including those for your program.
Will MAVIRET affect my ability to drive?
MAVIRET should not affect your ability to drive or use machinery but be careful until you know how MAVIRET affects you.
What if I’m traveling with MAVIRET?
- Tell your healthcare professional and pharmacist about your travel plans
- Pack MAVIRET in your carry-on baggage so it’s always with you
What happens at the end of my treatment?
It is a good idea to make a note of the date you take your last dose (end date for your treatment).
12 weeks after you finish your treatment you will need to have a blood test to check whether your treatment with MAVIRET has worked. Once the results come back, your doctor will explain them to you.
When you get your results, there is a small chance that you will find out that the hep C virus has not been cleared. If this is the case, you will probably feel disappointed and frustrated that you are not cured. Talk to your doctor and nurse about your options, and how you can continue to look after your liver. It may also help to talk with close friends and family.
Will successful treatment prevent me from getting hep C in the future?
No, MAVIRET does not protect you from getting hep C in the future. You should take precautions to avoid re-infection.
- Avoid sharing or reusing syringes, needles, or any other equipment to prepare and inject drugs, hormones, steroids, or any other substances.
- Do not use items that may have come into contact with an infected person’s blood, such as razors, glucose monitors, toothbrushes, nail clippers.
- Do not get tattoos or body piercings from an unlicensed facility.
To find out more about how you can get and transmit hep C, visit www.hepCinfo.co.nz or talk to your healthcare professional.