How does ribavirin work

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Avatar f tn my sx are pretty doable, the most i get is brain fog in am after meds, then clears off... Iam overweight a bit, and the shot just gave me chills and sweats.. thats my experience.. I work on feet 8 hrs a day,alittle hard but when i get home iam real fatigued ready to get a small nap.. I just started last friday....Just think positive it will get better and trust in GOD!!! I thought i would never be able to do this but here iam LOL..
Avatar n tn I've never heard of anyone doing it the way you are suggesting, but I'd talk to my doc about that. My limited understanding of how the meds work are that the Riba works to keep the interfuron at a functioning level in the system for the entire week, so that we no longer need to take shots once daily or 3x a week. If that supposition is true then taking the Riba before taking the interfuron would not be helpful.
188500 tn?1207368551 I guess it depends on just how much Ribavirin your daily dosage is.....Mine is 1200 mg's..I was in great shape when I started tx,But i can say this during the loading phase my irritablity level went thru the roof..A fly would fart in Africa and I'd get PO'd.....The feeling was kinda like that of a car with the enigine reved to full throttle in gear but WITH THE BRAKES ON....constant tension..And Yes it affected my sleep greatly.....
476246 tn?1418874514 They are a little pricey, but your insurance company should cover it IF the doctor writes a note to them stating that the standard Ambien does not work for you. This tactic by the doctor worked for me. Happy dreams...
Avatar n tn Ok just blame it on being distracted! I usally take my ribavirin in the morning (at work) and at dinner (at home) I didn't realize it but I was one pill short (I take 6 a day) this morning at work. Make it up at dinner or not or not is the quesiton. Dare I ask the next question? Has anyone ever felt better while on treatment then before treatment. I know from what I read here a crazy quesiton. But I would swear that I felt better on Saturday (finishing week 7 of tx) then I have in a long time.
315737 tn?1407302597 I'm at day 155 of 168. About a week ago I realized I am 4 ribavirin pills less of how many I should have taken. (Riba twice a day, 600 mg total 1200, Sovaldi once a day 400mg). I am right on schedule with the Sovaldi. Not sure how I did that I think it may have happened over the last 4 weeks. I think what I must have done, is I was paying so much attention to being sure I took the Sovaldi (1000 bucks a pill) that several times i didn't take the ribavirin when I had taken the Sovaldi.
135456 tn?1301441224 I have no idea how people work in settings like that on tx. How you can work in a school with all those noisy kids or carry mail for the post office or do constrution work is amazing to me. I must be a total wimp. I can barely make it thru a grocery shopping trip without passing out most days. If I manage to do up the dishes or wash laundry my husband praises me like I painted the house or something, he's used to me doing things like painting the house and now I barely get the basics done.
Avatar n tn Completed full 48 weeks this morning with my last dose of ribavirin. Finally out on the other side. I was only able to complete tx with the help of this board. When things were at their worst I always got a lift from the people here.
Avatar f tn Yesterday I started on 400 mg and am worried about relapse. What is the role of ribavirin and just how important is it to SVR? I am on course for 24 wk. treatment period. I have 9 more weeks.How likely am I to relapse if I stay on this lower dosage for two weeks while my Hb rises?
Avatar f tn Rose: Blood work showed slight anemia this week, he wants me to cut ribavirin to 600. He did say after checking numbers next week we may look into rescue drugs for the anemia. So questions is, will dropping the ribavirin reduce my chances of responding? -------------------------- In general, the answer is "yes", cutting the ribavirin in half during the first 12 weeks potentially will reduce your chances of SVR.
Avatar m tn I tend to think that the higher absorption of ribavirin when taken with high-fat foods is a value-added learned-later kind of thing. So there's how ribavirin is supposed to perform and then there's giving it's performance a boost. So I wouldn't exactly say that not taking it with fat was part of why SOC failed for you...but rather that taking it with fat might make it work better for you. Get my drift?
Avatar m tn Hi All, My treatment is in month 4 and the rash from the Ribavirin is giving me a run for my money. The itching and bumps have really started popping up all over. The Dr. has been very vague on what, if anything I can do. This is as bad or worse than poison ivy ever was. Has anyone had to deal with this side effect and are there any solutions.
Avatar n tn Since following this message board there seems to be two schools of thought as to when Riba is doing the most effective work. 1 school saying that it's real effect is towards the end of tx when it is piling into the virus in the liver and thus it's well worth carrying on taking it after finishing the shots. school 2 says it's only really effective in the early stages and that it is arguable that one could cease to use Riba after a fairly short period.
Avatar f tn I am starting triple treatment soon. I treated in 2008 and I took 1000 mg ribavirin a day and 180 ug of pegasys injection once per week – I reached UND at week 16, but stopped tx because I did not want to treat for 72 wks with low odds and I decided to wait for new PI. Now my (new) doctor is going to treat me with PI and wants to only give me 800 mg of ribavirin a day (I will be taking pegasys and incivek).
Avatar m tn My employer just announced we HAVE to work a 48 hour work week by law and they even got govt approval for a 60 hour work about im scedulded to start tx Oct....last tx i had no problem working...didn get tired at queston is...does Boceprevir cause a person to drop to there knees?
Avatar n tn One day off of riba will not make any difference. Studies show negative effects on SVR if 7 or more days of riba discontinuation occurs. This info is found in HALT-C trial studies. Those GI docs really want to work in a clean environment, let me tell you. My fasting was 36 hours. From 6pm on Tue night, until procedure Thu am, only liquids and laxatives. Ask your doc or a nurse in the GI clinic how to proceed concerning taking your dosage.
Avatar f tn I have the script for my tx meds even though it won't get filled til near launch date in mid Jan. Is there some sort of standard Ribavirin dosage daily based on weight or other factors? Is weight the only determinate to how much Ribavirin you're prescribed? I'm 5'4" and 160 pounds and hoping to decrease that by 10 pounds by tx time if I can or at least increase the muscle component and I'm working on it.
315737 tn?1407302597 I couldn't possibly continue to show up to work with the unbelievable fatigue and other symptoms the ribavirin causes. I ended up taking two weeks off work i was so dead in the water. Why are you supposed to take them 3 at a time in the morning and the evening?
2030686 tn?1351692148 I have the genotype that's easier to treat (2b I think, but can't remember right now). Does anybody know if this is right? Should I call the dr just to be sure? I also need to know if I should keep the riba in the fridge with the pegasys?
Avatar m tn This person is considering pre-dosing ribavirin and wondering how long to predose and how much to take. There are some older threads about it but nothing recent so I am hoping for some more current info, opinions and recommendations. The person is stage 3 of course determined to do everything it takes. tx will be with telaprevir triple therapy. 1rst treatment I believe became und late, I believe week 14 but not positive. treated 72 weeks relapsed had minimal drop in hgb (12.1 to 11.
Avatar n tn I am a single parent of a beautiful talented daughter, and I was recently diagnosed with HCV positive(chronic). I have the kind of HCV positive(chronic) that does not respond so wellto interferon treatments. I have choosen to try this Interferon-Ribavirin therapy regardless with hopes of getting better. I start this therapy soon after the new year.I live in Bend,Oregon and feel I need to attend a support group either for Interferon-Ribavirin therapy users or HCV positive(chronic) patients.
Avatar f tn Triple combination therapy week 5 My hemoglobin is going down. Last week blood test hemoglobin is at 8.7. My doctor just reduced Ribavirin from 1000mg daily to 800mg daily for the reason that my hemoglobin is going down. Blood work again in two weeks and he will see me after the blood test results. He told me he might stop the treatment is the hemoglobin continues to low. He will make that decision in the next visit after seen the results of the blood test he ordered.
Avatar n tn Hey guys, just got to work and realized that I ran out without taking my pills - first time I forgot, unbelievably. I'm 13/24. Is this a big deal? Thought of something else this morning, too. Do any of you ever have - for lack of a better term - "morning sickness"? Often, I feel horrible in the morning, can't get up, headache, fatigue, etc., and then it gets beter when I get moving. Last week, I called in sick one day because of it, and then felt OK by 10!
Avatar n tn How to decide to do interferon/ribavirin? I am having a great deal of ambivalence about beginning this treatment. And a lot of fear. The docs think I should go ahead -- I've probably had Hep C for close to 30 years (I'm 46) from one incident of "we have to try everything once" injecting heroin. I've been diagnosed for 5 years, genotype 2B with a biopsy five years ago grade 1 stage 0. I have quite a bit of fatigue and have struggled (under control at this time) with clinical depression.