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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 may interact with this medicine?

Do not take this medicine with the following medication:
  • didanosine, ddI

This medicine may also interact with the following medications:

  • abacavir
  • azathioprine
  • emtricitabine
  • lamivudine
  • stavudine
  • zalcitabine
  • zidovudine

What should I watch for while using this medicine?

See your doctor or health care professional for a follow- up visit as directed. You may need to have tests done to check your progress. Tell your doctor if your symptoms do not improve or if they get worse.

This medicine may cause birth defects or death to an unborn child. Women taking this medicine must avoid pregnancy while taking this medicine and for 6 months after stopping this medicine. Men who are taking this medicine must avoid getting a woman pregnant while taking this medicine and for 6 months after stopping this medicine. Use 2 forms of birth control. Women who can still have children must have a negative pregnancy test before starting treatment. Take monthly pregnancy tests while you are taking this medicine and for 6 months after this medicine is stopped. Talk to your doctor if you think that you or your partner are pregnant or are trying to become pregnant.

Do not drink alcohol, including beer, wine, and liquor. This may make your liver disease worse.

You may get drowsy or dizzy. Do not drive, use machinery, or do anything that needs mental alertness until you know how this medicine affects you. Do not stand or sit up quickly, especially if you are an older patient. This reduces the risk of dizzy or fainting spells.

Your mouth may get dry. Chewing sugarless gum or sucking hard candy, and drinking plenty of water may help. Contact your doctor if the problem does not go away or is severe. Brush your teeth thoroughly twice daily and have regular dental examinations. Also, if you vomit, rinse out your mouth.

               
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