Sovaldi is a brand-name prescription drug that’s used to treat certain types of hepatitis C virus (HCV). This virus, which affects your liver, can sometimes lead to serious conditions, such as liver failure.
Sovaldi is used to treat the following types of chronic (long-lasting) HCV in adults:
- type 1 or 4, when it’s used in combination with pegylated interferon and ribavirin
- type 2 or 3, when it’s used in combination with ribavirin
In adults, Sovaldi can be used to treat:
- HCV types 1, 2, 3, and 4 in people who’ve never been treated for HCV
- HCV types 2 and 3 in people who’ve tried other treatments in the past that didn’t work for them
Sovaldi is also approved for use in children ages 3 years and older with HCV type 2 or 3. It can be used to treat these types of HCV in children who either have never been treated for HCV or have tried other treatments in the past that didn’t work for them.
For children, Sovaldi should be used in combination with ribavirin.
For both adults and children, Sovaldi can be prescribed for people without cirrhosis (liver scarring) or with compensated (mild) cirrhosis.
Sovaldi comes as tablets that are taken by mouth. It also comes as pellets, which can be sprinkled on food and taken by mouth. Sovaldi belongs to a class of medications called direct-acting antiviral drugs. It works to treat HCV by blocking the virus from multiplying (making more virus) inside your body