What Technivie is used for and how to use it
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Technivie - Consumer Medicine Information

Manufacture: AbbVie
Country: Canada
Condition: Hepatitis C
Class: Antiviral combinations
Form: Tablets
Ingredients: ombitasvir, paritaprevir, ritonavir, colloidal silicon dioxide/anhydrous colloidal silica, copovidone, propylene glycol monolaurate, sodium stearyl fumarate, sorbitan monolaurate, vitamin E polyethylene glycol succinate

TECHNIVIE (pronounced TEK-ni-vee)

ombitasvir/paritaprevir/ritonavir tablets

What is TECHNIVIE used for

  • TECHNIVIE treats long-lasting hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection in adults 18 years and older. It treats one kind of HCV infection called HCV genotype 4.
  • TECHNIVIE is normally used with ribavirin, but not always. Read the ribavirin patient medication information if your doctor says you should also take ribavirin.

How does TECHNIVIE work

TECHNIVIE with ribavirin can cure HCV infection in most patients. Cure means HCV is cleared from your blood 3 months after finishing the medicine.

TECHNIVIE has two types of HCV medicines in each tablet. These 2 medicines stop HCV from multiplying in different ways.

Curing HCV infection can help lower the chance you will have problems or die from HCV.

Taking TECHNIVIE does not keep you from getting infected again. Talk with your doctor about ways to avoid getting infected again with HCV.

Can I still pass on HCV to others if I take TECHNIVIE

Yes you can still pass on HCV to others while you are taking TECHNIVIE. Some ways that HCV can be passed on is by sharing needles or through unprotected sex. Talk with your doctor about ways to avoid passing on HCV infection.

What are the ingredients in TECHNIVIE

Ombitasvir/paritaprevir/ritonavir tablets

Each tablet has the following medicines: ombitasvir, paritaprevir and ritonavir.

Each tablet has the following ingredients that are not medicines: colloidal silicon dioxide/anhydrous colloidal silica, copovidone, propylene glycol monolaurate, sodium stearyl fumarate, sorbitan monolaurate, vitamin E polyethylene glycol succinate.

Each tablet is covered with the following ingredients that are not medicines: iron oxide red, polyethylene glycol/macrogol, polyvinyl alcohol, purified water, talc, and titanium dioxide.

The tablets do not contain gluten.

TECHNIVIE comes in the following dosage forms

Each tablet has 12.5 mg of ombitasvir, 75 mg of paritaprevir and 50 mg of ritonavir.

Do not use TECHNIVIE if

  • your doctor says you should also use ribavirin and you are pregnant or want to become pregnant (or your partner is pregnant or wants to become pregnant). Ribavirin may cause harm or death of your unborn baby.
  • you are allergic to any of the medicines or other ingredients in TECHNIVIE (see the section “What are the ingredients in TECHNIVIE ?” to see all the medicines and ingredients).
  • you have a severe liver problem.
  • you are taking any of the following medicines or natural substances:
    • alfuzosin hydrochloride (Xatral)
    • astemizole*
    • avasimibe*
    • bosentan (Tracleer)
    • carbamazepine (Tegretol)
    • cisapride*
    • efavirenz-containing medicines (Sustiva, Atripla)
    • ergot containing medicines including:
      • ergotamine tartrate*
      • ergotamine (Bellergal Spacetabs)
      • dihydroergotamine mesylate (Migranal)
      • methylergonovine*
    • ethinyl estradiol-containing medicines such as those contained in most contraceptive pills and vaginal rings used for contraception
    • etravirine (Intelence)
    • lovastatin
    • midazolam (when taken by mouth)
    • modafinil (Alertec)
    • nafcillin*
    • nevirapine (Viramune)
    • phenytoin (Dilantin)
    • phenobarbital
    • pimozide (Orap)
    • rifampin (Rifadin, Rifater, Rofact)
    • salmeterol (Advair Diskus, Serevent Diskus)
    • sildenafil citrate (Revatio) for the lung problem, pulmonary artery hypertension (PAH)
    • simvastatin
    • St. John's Wort (Hypericum perforatum) or products containing St. John's Wort
    • terfenadine*
    • triazolam

* Drugs not sold in Canada.

To help avoid side effects and make sure you are using your medicines correctly, talk to your doctor before you take TECHNIVIE. Talk about any health problems you may have, including if you:

  • are taking birth control medicines of any kind or using a medicine that has ethinyl estradiol. Ethinyl estradiol is usually found in birth control pills. However, not all birth control pills have ethinyl estradiol. You must not use medicines that have ethinyl estradiol while taking TECHNIVIE. Your doctor will ask you to stop or change to a different type of birth control while you are taking TECHNIVIE.
  • have had a liver transplant.
  • have liver problems other than HCV infection.
  • are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed. It is not known if TECHNIVIE passes into your breast milk. You and your doctor should decide if you will take TECHNIVIE or breastfeed. You should not do both.

Pregnancy and Birth Control

  • Females must have a negative pregnancy test before starting TECHNIVIE and ribavirin, every month while on the medicine, and for 6 months after stopping them.
  • You or your partner should not become pregnant while taking TECHNIVIE with ribavirin and for 6 months after you have stopped taking them.
  • You and your partner must use 2 kinds of birth control while taking TECHNIVIE and ribavirin and for 6 months after you have stopped taking them.
  • Talk to your doctor about the kind of birth control that you can use.
  • If you or your partner becomes pregnant while taking TECHNIVIE and ribavirin or within 6 months after you stop taking them, tell your doctor right away.

Other warnings you should know about

Rises in liver tests have occurred when TECHNIVIE was taken in studies. Contact your doctor right away if you have symptoms like those listed below since these may mean you have a serious problem with your liver:

  • loss of appetite (do not feel like eating),
  • stomachache,
  • nausea (feeling sick in the stomach),
  • vomiting,
  • feeling tired or weak,
  • yellowing of the skin and eyes,
  • dark urine and pale stool.

It is not known if taking TECHNIVIE is safe or will work in children under 18 years of age.

Your doctor may do blood tests before you start taking, and while you are on your medicines. This is to help check if the medicines are working for you.

Tell your doctor all the medicines, drugs, vitamins and minerals, natural supplements or alternative medicines you are already taking. Also tell your doctor if you stop any of these or start any new ones.

Do not take TECHNIVIE with the following medicines

  • other ritonavir-containing medicines (Norvir, Kaletra). When co-administered with TECHNIVIE, atazanavir or darunavir should be taken without ritonavir.
  • amiodarone (Cordarone)
  • alfentanil
  • fentanyl (Abstral, Duragesic)
  • flecainide
  • propafenone (Rythmol)
  • quinidine
  • rilpivirine (Edurant, Complera)
  • sirolimus (Rapamune)

The following medicines may interact with TECHNIVIE:

  • alprazolam (Xanax)
  • amlodipine (Norvasc)
  • atazanavir (Reyataz)
  • atorvastatin (Lipitor)
  • cyclosporine (Neoral, Sandimmune)
  • darunavir (Prezista)
  • digoxin (Lanoxin)
  • fluticasone (Advair, Flonase, Flovent Diskus, Flovent HFA)
  • fluvastatin (Lescol)
  • furosemide (Lasix)
  • ketoconazole (Nizoral)
  • omeprazole (Losec)
  • itraconazole (Sporanox)
  • posaconazole (Posanol)
  • pitavastatin*
  • pravastatin (Pravachol)
  • rosuvastatin (Crestor)
  • tacrolimus (Prograf)
  • voriconazole (Vfend)
  • warfarin (Coumadin)

* Drugs not sold in Canada.

Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure if your medicine is one that is listed above.

Keep a list of all the medicines you take. Show it to your doctor and pharmacist when you get a new medicine or stop a medicine.

If you change or stop one of your other medicines while you are taking TECHNIVIE, ask your healthcare provider about changing back when you are finished taking TECHNIVIE.

How to take TECHNIVIE

  • Take TECHNIVIE exactly as your doctor tells you. Do not change your dose or stop unless your doctor tells you to.
  • Take TECHNIVIE at about the same time every day with food. The type of food is not important.
  • Swallow TECHNIVIE tablets whole with water or another liquid if needed.
  • Do not chew, break, or crush TECHNIVIE tablets.

Usual dose

  • Every day in the morning, take two TECHNIVIE tablets.
  • TECHNIVIE is taken for 12 weeks.
  • If your doctor has also prescribed ribavirin, your doctor will provide you dosage directions for the ribavirin.

Overdose

If you think you have taken too much TECHNIVIE contact your doctor or pharmacist, hospital emergency department or regional Poison Control Centre immediately, even if you do not have symptoms.

Missed Dose

  • If you miss a dose of TECHNIVIE tablets and it is:
    • less than 12 hours from the time you usually take TECHNIVIE, you should take the missed dose with food as soon as possible. Then take your next dose at your usual time.
    • more than 12 hours from the time you usually take TECHNIVIE, you should not take the missed dose. Take your next dose as usual with food.
  • Do not take a double dose to make up for a forgotten dose.

What are possible side effects from using TECHNIVIE

If your side effect is not listed here, contact your healthcare provider. Also see Other warnings you should know about.

Common side effects of TECHNIVIE when used with ribavirin:

  • headache
  • itching
  • feeling tired or weak
  • trouble sleeping
  • too much of a normal substance called bilirubin in the blood that could cause yellowing of the skin and eyes

Other side effects

You could also have an allergic reaction. Symptoms of allergic reactions could be swelling of the mouth, throat, hands and feet, trouble breathing, rash, and itching.

If you have side effect that is not listed here or becomes bad enough to get in the way of your daily tasks, tell your doctor.

Reporting Side Effects

You can help improve the safe use of health products for Canadians by reporting serious and unexpected side effects to Health Canada. Your report may help to identify new side effects and change the product safety information.

3 ways to report:

  • Online at MedEffect (www.healthcanada.gc.ca/medeffect);
  • By calling 1-866-234-2345 (toll-free);
  • By completing a Consumer Side Effect Reporting Form and sending it by:
    • Fax to 1-866-678-6789 (toll-free), or
    • Mail to: Canada Vigilance Program
      Health Canada Postal Locator 0701D
      Ottawa, ON
      K1A 0K9

    Postage paid labels and the Consumer Side Effect Reporting Form are available at MedEffect (www.healthcanada.gc.ca/medeffect).

NOTE: Contact your doctor if you need information about how to manage your side effects. The Canada Vigilance Program does not provide medical advice.

Storage

Store between 2 and 30°C. Keep away from moisture.

Keep TECHNIVIE out of the reach and sight of children.

If you want more information about TECHNIVIE

  • Talk to your doctor
  • Find the most recent version of the full Product Monograph that is prepared for healthcare professionals and includes this Patient Medication Information by visiting the Health Canada website (www.healthcanada.gc.ca); the manufacturer’s website abbvie.ca, or by calling 1-888-704-8271.