RIBAVIRIN (ORAL) AND INTERFERON ALPHA-2B (INJECTION), Rebetron
GENERIC NAME: RIBAVIRIN (ORAL) AND INTERFERON ALPHA-2B (INJECTION) (rye-buh-VYE-rin/in-ter-FEER-on)
BRAND NAME(S): Rebetron
WARNING: Because the ribavirin in this combination product has cause birth defects and fetal death, it must not be used during pregnancy. Men and women of childbearing potential must avoid pregnancy and use 2 forms of effective birth control (contraception) during treatment with this product and for 6 months after this medication has been stopped. The interferon can cause or worsen some serious medical conditions including psychiatric conditions (e.g., depression), immune system problems (autoimmune conditions such as lupus or rheumatoid arthritis), circulation problems (e.g., cardiovascular disease/blood clots), or infections (bone marrow suppression). If your medical history includes these conditions, inform your doctor promptly. Also, tell your doctor immediately if any serious symptoms or side effects occur (see Side Effects section). These conditions occur infrequently, but some can be fatal.
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