ribavirin, Rebetol, Copegus, Ribasphere, RibaPak, Moderiba (cont.)

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

The most serious side effect seen with ribavirin is anemia. Careful consideration is advised if ribavirin is used in patients with heart or circulation problems since the anemia may aggravate these conditions.

Ribavirin should be avoided among patients who have severe kidney disease and have lost most of their kidneys' function.

Therapy with ribavirin and interferon may aggravate psychiatric conditions or may trigger a psychiatric condition such as depression, psychosis, aggressive behavior, hallucinations, or violent behavior. Patients should be closely monitored for the development of these psychiatric conditions.

Therapy with ribavirin and interferon has caused abnormalities of the thyroid gland. If these abnormalities persist and cannot be controlled by medication, it may be necessary to discontinue therapy.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 1/27/2015

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