Copegus has side effects. The most common are:
nausea, flu-like symptoms, tiredness
fever, chills or shaking
mood changes, feeling irritable
stomach pain, vomiting, loss of appetite
Less common but more serious side effects during taking Copegus:
severe upper stomach pain spreading to your back
nausea, vomiting, diarrhea
stabbing chest pain, wheezing, feeling short of breath
severe depression, thoughts about suicide, or thoughts about hurting someone else
signs of serious anemia--pale or yellowed skin, dark colored urine, confusion or weakness
other signs of low blood cell counts--fever, chills, flu-like symptoms, swollen gums, mouth sores, skin sores, easy bruising
Side effects occurrence does not only depend on the medication you are taking, but also on your overall health and other factors.
Do not take Copegus if you are allergic to Copegus components.
Do not take Copegus if have a hemoglobin blood cell disorder such as sickle-cell anemia or thalassemia, autoimmune hepatitis, severe kidney disease, severe liver disease other than hepatitis C (especially cirrhosis).
Be careful with Copegus if you have heart disease, breathing problems, vision problems, a thyroid disorder, human immunodeficiency virus (HIV or AIDS), diabetes, a history of depression, mental illness, or suicide attempt, a history of organ transplant.
Do not take Copegus if you are also taking didanosine (Videx), azathioprine or medicines to treat HIV or AIDS.
Use at least 2 effective forms of birth control to prevent pregnancy while either sexual partner is taking Copegus. Keep using 2 forms of birth control for at least 6 months after treatment ends.
Be careful with Copegus if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding.
Copegus is contraindicated in men whose female partners are pregnant.
Do not use Copegus in treatment of children under 18 years old.
Do not drive or operate machinery as Copegus may make you drowsy, dizzy or confused.
Take necessary precautions as Copegus does not prevent the spread of infection to other people through sexual contact, sharing needles or contact with blood.
To avoid dehydration while taking Copegus, drink extra fluids.