- Strenght – 200mg
- Starting Pack – 40 Capsules
Ribavirin is an antiviral medicine prescribed to patients with severe Respiratory Syncytial Viral infection. It is given to infants, children and patients with risk of heart diseases. Ribavirin is also prescribed to patients with chronic hepatitis C infection along with the drug Peginterferon.
Ribavirin is an antiviral drug. It does not have the needed effect on the virus when used alone. Thus, it needs to be taken along with an interferon alfa product. Do not take Ribavirin if one is allergic to it or if one is already taking didanosine, have liver problems, pregnant or if a man has a pregnant sexual partner.
Ribavirin can cause severe birth defects as well as lead to death of the fetus. It can even harm a fetus, if conceived when the father was using Ribavirin. Thus, make sure one uses an effective birth control method when using this drug. Breastfeeding women should also exert caution when taking this drug and nursing a baby. One may be prone to anemia when using Ribavirin as it may decrease red blood cell count.
Before taking Ribavirin, inform the doctor of any underlying health conditions. This includes kidney diseases, liver diseases, pancreatic problems, sarcoidosis, hemolytic anemia, diabetes, HIV, thyroid problems, new or worsening eye problems, undergone an organ transplantation, suffered from a heart attack, high blood pressure, used medicines for hepatitis C previously, etc.
Ribavirin should be taken exactly as advised by the doctor. Do not take more or less than advised. Stop the drug immediately once the prescription period is completed. Take the tablet with food and drink plenty of fluids when taking Ribavirin.
If you miss a dose, take it immediately after you remember about it. In case it is almost time for the next dose, skip the dose missed. In case of overdose, call the doctor immediately. One may develop bruising, bleeding, no urination, pain in the arm, nausea, sweating, etc.
Ribavirin can lead to side effects. Some of the common side effects include:
- Bad cough
- Vision problems or blurry vision
- Flu-like symptoms
- Hair loss
- Loss of appetite
- Weight gain or weight loss
- Dry skin
- Change in taste
- Problems hearing
- Upset stomach
This drug can cause dry mouth as well as tooth decay. Thus, drink a lot of water to prevent dry mouth. If any of the symptoms persist or worsen, speak to your doctor immediately.
Ribavirin can interact with other drugs as well and lead to harmful effects. Inform your doctor if you are using abacavir, azathipriine, stavudine, zalcitabine, tenofovir or any other drug. Let the doctor know if you are using any herbal medicine, vitamin supplements or any other health supplements before you start taking Ribavirin.