What is Ribavin (Ribavirin) used for?
Ribavin (Ribavirin) is used together with another interferon medication as a treatment for hepatitis C. This medication belongs to a class of drugs known as nucleoside analogues, which stop the virus responsible for causing hepatitis C from spreading in the body. It may also be used as a treatment for sever acute respiratory syndrome (SARS).
How should I use Ribavin (Ribavirin)?
Ribavin (Ribavirin) capsules should be taken by mouth. These capsules are normally taken twice per day, usually once in the morning, and again in the evening. The period of treatment can range from 24 to 48 weeks. During the course of treatment, your physician may conduct laboratory tests to monitor your condition, and depending on the results of these tests, he or she may reduce your dosage or tell you to discontinue taking it.
What are the side effects of Ribavin (Ribavirin)?
Ribavin (Ribavirin) may cause:
If you experience other more serious side effects, such as changes in vision, severe mood changes or bloating of the stomach, you should immediately consult your physician.
Strictly follow all instructions provided to you by your physician or pharmacist while using Ribavin (Ribavirin). Optimum and safe dosage can differ based on the patient and the condition being treated.
As this medication may be unsafe for certain patients, it is essential you always inform your physician if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, as well as if you have any allergies, other illnesses, or ongoing health conditions, and if you are taking any other form of medication, supplements, or herbal products.
Immediately seek emergency medical care if you have any allergic or hypersensitive reaction. Common signs of a reaction include hives, swelling, skin rashes, chest pains, as well as trouble breathing or swallowing.