ribavirin, Rebetol, Copegus, Ribasphere, RibaPak, Moderiba

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GENERIC NAME: ribavirin

BRAND NAME: Rebetol, Copegus, Ribasphere, RibaPak, Moderiba

DRUG CLASS AND MECHANISM: Ribavirin is an antiviral drug. It is used in combination with interferon for the treatment of chronic hepatitis C. Although the exact mechanism of its action is unknown, it is thought to interfere with the production and/or action of viral DNA and RNA which are critical to the survival and multiplication of the virus. Ribavirin was approved by the FDA in December 1998.

PRESCRIBED FOR: Ribavirin is used in combination with interferon and other oral anti-viral drugs to treat patients with chronic hepatitis C.

SIDE EFFECTS: The most common side effect seen with the combination of ribavirin and interferon is a flu-like syndrome consisting of:

Other possible side effects that may occur during therapy with ribavirin and interferon are:

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 1/27/2015

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