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Other Names:
Harvoni
Drug Class:
Antiviral (Hepatitis C Virus NS5A Inhibitor/NS5B Polymerase Inhibitor)
 
What is Harvoni?

What is Harvoni?

Harvoni is a prescription medicine approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of chronic hepatitis C virus infection (HCV) in adults and in children 3 years of age and older who meet specific requirements, as determined by a health care provider.

HCV can be an opportunistic infection (OI) of HIV. An OI is an infection that occurs more frequently or is more severe in people with weakened immune systems—such as people with HIV—than in people with healthy immune systems. To learn more about OIs, read the HIVinfo What is an Opportunistic Infection? fact sheet.

To learn how HIV and HCV are connected, read the HIVinfo HIV and Hepatitis C fact sheet. The fact sheet includes information about how HCV is spread, symptoms of HCV, and treatment options. 

How is Harvoni used in people with HIV?How is Harvoni used in people with HIV?

How is Harvoni used in people with HIV?

The Guidelines for the Prevention and Treatment of Opportunistic Infections in Adults and Adolescents with HIV reference the AASLD-IDSA HCV Guidance: Recommendations for Testing, Managing, and Treating Hepatitis C, which includes recommendations on the use of Harvoni to treat acute and chronic HCV infection in people with HIV.    

The recommended uses may not always be consistent with FDA-approved uses of Harvoni. See the AASLD-IDSA HCV Guidelines for complete information on recommended uses of Harvoni in adults and children with HIV. Some recommended uses, such as uses in certain rare circumstances, may have been omitted above.

What should I tell my halth care provider before taking Harvoni?

What should I tell my health care provider before taking Harvoni?

Before taking Harvoni, tell your health care provider:

  • If you are allergic to any of the medicines in Harvoni (ledipasvir or sofosbuvir) or any other medicines.
  • About any medical conditions you have or have had, particularly:
  • About anything that could affect your ability to take medicines, such as difficulty swallowing or remembering to take pills. 
  • If you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. Whether Harvoni can harm an unborn baby is unknown. Pregnancy should be avoided during combination treatment with Harvoni and ribavirin and for 6 months after completion of the treatment. Talk to your health care provider about the risks and benefits of taking Harvoni during pregnancy.
  • If you are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed. For women with HIV in the United States, the Guideline does not recommend breastfeeding. Before your baby is born, or if you are already breastfeeding, talk to your health care provider to discuss alternative options for feeding your baby.
  • About other prescription and nonprescription medicines, vitamins, nutritional supplements, and herbal products you are taking or plan to take. Harvoni may affect the way other medicines or products work, and other medicines or products may affect how Harvoni works. Ask your health care provider if there are interactions between Harvoni and the other medicines you take.
Ask your health care provider about possible side effects from Harvnoni. Your health care provider will tell you what to do if you have side effects.
How should I take ledipasvir/sofosbuvir?How should I take ledipasvir/sofosbuvir?

How should I take Harvoni?

Take Harvoni according to your health care provider’s instructions. Your health care provider will tell you how much Harvoni to take and when to take it. Before you start Harvoni and each time you get a refill, read any printed information that comes with your medicine.

How should Harvoni be stored?How should Harvoni be stored?

How should Harvoni be stored?

  • Store Harvoni tablets and pellets below 86°F (30°C).
  • Keep Harvoni in the container that it came in and keep the container tightly closed. If the container has a small packet of drying agent (called a desiccant), do not remove it. The desiccant protects the medicine from moisture.
  • Do not use Harvoni if the original seal over the container opening is broken or missing.
  • Throw away Harvoni that is no longer needed or expired (out of date). Follow FDA guidelines on how to safely dispose of unused medicine.
  • Keep Harvoni and all medicines out of reach of children.
Where can I find more information about ledipasvir/sofosbuvir?Where can I find more information about ledipasvir/sofosbuvir?

Where can I find more information about Harvoni?

 

Last Reviewed: April 6, 2021