Why you should prevent pregnancy while on treatment
INCIVEK combined with peginterferon alfa and ribavirin may cause birth defects or death of your unborn baby. If you or your sexual partner is pregnant or plan to become pregnant, do not take these medicines. You or your partner should not become pregnant while taking INCIVEK with peginterferon alfa and ribavirin and for 6 months after treatment is over.
- You must have a negative pregnancy test before starting treatment, every month during treatment, and for 6 months after your treatment ends`
You must use 2 effective methods of birth control during treatment and for 6 months after all treatment has ended. These 2 forms of birth control should not contain hormones, as these may not work during treatment with INCIVEK. Talk to your healthcare provider about the forms of birth control you should use during this time
- A male condom with spermicidal jelly OR a female condom with spermicidal jelly (a combination of a male condom and a female condom is not suitable)
- A diaphragm with spermicidal jelly
- A cervical cap with spermicidal jelly
- An intrauterine device (IUD)
- Two weeks after stopping INCIVEK, you can use a hormonal form of birth control as one of your two forms of birth control
What to do if you or your partner becomes pregnant
If you or your partner becomes pregnant during treatment or within 6 months after stopping these medicines, tell your healthcare provider right away. Contact the Ribavirin Pregnancy Registry right away by calling 1-800-593-2214. The Registry collects information about what happens to mothers and their babies if the mother takes ribavirin while pregnant.
If your healthcare provider tells you to stop taking INCIVEK, peginterferon alfa, and ribavirin, you still need to use 2 effective methods of birth control for 6 months after treatment with these medicines.