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Description

What is Rebetol (Ribavirin) prescribed for?

In use wither other antiviral medications; Ribavirin is used to treat chronic hepatitis C, which is a viral infection of the liver. A chronic hepatitis C infection can cause serious liver problems such as scarring, or liver cancer. Hepatitis C is a liver infection that can lead to some very serious liver damage. Ribavirin works by reducing the amount of hepatitis C virus in your body, which may help your liver recover.

It is not known if this treatment can prevent you from passing the virus onto others. Therefore do not share needles, and practice “safe sex”, which would include the use of a latex condom, to lower the risk of passing the virus onto others.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding this medication, consult with your doctor or pharmacist on the matter. Take this medication directly has prescribed, and make sure to read the instructions on the prescription label.  And if you have any concerns, speak with your medical professional.

Directions

This medication is taken by mouth with food. Usually twice a day. Carefully measure the liquid with a special measuring spoon. Do not use a household spoon, you will not get the correct amount.

The dosage is based on your medical condition and your response to the treatment.

This medication works best when the amount of drug in your body is kept at a constant level. Take this drug at evenly spaced intervals. To help you remember, take it at the same times each day.

Cautions

Before taking this medication, it is best to advise your doctor if you are allergic Ribavirin; or to any other medications or allergies in general. This product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems.

Before taking this medication, it is for the best to inform your doctor of your Medical history, especially if you have ever had the following; blood disorders (e.g., sickle cell anemia, low hemoglobin, thalassemia), kidney disease, other liver problems (e.g., autoimmune hepatitis), heart disease, high blood pressure, breathing problems, pancreas problems (e.g., pancreatitis), diabetes.

Kidney function declines as you grow older. This medication is removed by the kidneys. Therefore, elderly people may be at greater risk for anemia while using this drug.

Side Effects

While minor, some of these side effects may occur. They are as follows; Nausea, diarrhea, stomach upset, headache, dizziness, blurred vision, trouble sleeping, cough, low appetite, weight loss or gain, dry skin, or changes in taste/hearing may occur. However if any of these persist or worsen, it’s best to speak with your doctor right away.

Tell your doctor right away if you have any serious side effects, including: unusual tiredness/weakness, fast/pounding/irregular heartbeat, muscle/joint pain, vision changes, easy bruising/bleeding, dark urine, yellowing of eyes/skin.

Get medical help right away if you have any very serious side effects, including: chest pain, jaw/left arm pain, stomach/lower back pain, black/bloody stools.

A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, seek immediate medical attention if you notice any of the following symptoms of a serious allergic reaction: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.

FAQs

What is Ribavirin?

This medication is generally used alongside other antiviral medications to treat a chronic form of Hepatitis C, which is a viral infection of the liver. Ribavirin works by reducing the amount of Hepatitis C within your body, which can help your liver recover.  If left unchecked, chronic Hepatitis C can cause serious liver problems such as scarring or even liver cancer. This medication comes in the singular strength of 200mg. If you have any questions regarding this medication or any inquiries in general, feel free to give us a call at our toll free number 1-877-385-8998.