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Generic: ribavirin
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It is used with peginterferon alfa to treat hepatitis C
               



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What is this medicine?

RIBAVIRIN (rye ba VYE rin) is an antiviral medicine. It is used with peginterferon alfa to treat hepatitis C. It will not work for colds, flu, or other viral infections.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
  • cancer
  • blood disease like sickle- cell or thalassemia
  • diabetes
  • drug abuse or addiction
  • heart disease
  • history of depression, anxiety
  • immune system problems
  • kidney disease
  • low blood counts, like low white cell, platelet, or red cell counts
  • lung or breathing disease, like asthma
  • man with a partner who is pregnant or trying to get pregnant
  • other liver disease
  • thyroid disease
  • an unusual or allergic reaction to ribavirin, interferons, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant
  • breast- feeding

How should I use this medicine?

Take this medicine by mouth with a full glass of water. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Take with food. Take your medicine at regular intervals. Do not take your medicine more often than directed. Take all of your medicine as directed even if you think you are better. Do not skip doses or stop your medicine early.

A special MedGuide will be given to you by the pharmacist with each prescription and refill. Be sure to read this information carefully each time.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. While this drug may be prescribed for children as young as 5 years for selected conditions, precautions do apply.

What if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose and remember the same day, take it as soon as you remember. If the whole day has passed, ask your healthcare provider what to do. Do not take double or extra doses.

               
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