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188500 tn?1207368551 Only my sx - no jitters or speedy feelings, but as Hawk, have the irritability and "Riba Rage" when feel too anxious and blow my top - so to speak. As for sleep aids, I've been able to take low dose Amitriptyline (I know, old school drug, but on low dose works fine to "rest" me). But don't know that Riba causes much "hyper" feelings by itself, but no doctor.
Avatar f tn Hi my first time on here I am starting my peg-intron an ribavirin on saturday. When I take the 4 pills in the morning how are the sides? I am suppose to work?
476246 tn?1418874514 I know I'm posting terribly much today, but my brain is hyperactive and quite clear today, so I'm trying to use it while it lasts. Dosage Ribavirin 1000mg Considering that I have read that the sx of Riba can be agitating and might make it difficult for you to sleep, would it make sense to take it. Deb_c430 mentions on another thread, if I may quote, that if she takes her riba to late it does cause more agitation and sleeplessness.
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.
Avatar f tn I'm in the Telaprevir trial in week 13, so I finished the Telaprevir (or placebo) this past Wednesday. A day or two before that my scalp started itching. Yesterday it spread to the point that I had the itchies on almost half my body. Then I noticed tiny bumps where it itched worst. I took Benadryl, which didn't make it totally go away but brought it under control. It's better today but not gone. Just took another Benadryl.
Avatar m tn Ribavirin in the Treatment of Chronic Hepatitis C Paul Martin; Donald M. Jensen Posted: 09/04/2008; "...Results: Ribavirin may be effective in treating CHC by affecting the virus or the host; for example by inducing viral mutations, blocking cellular enzymes, or affecting the host immune response. Although the pegylated interferons are the primary drugs used to treat CHC, a combination with ribavirin is more effective than pegylated interferon alone.
Avatar m tn My question is that would it be OK to start the ribavirin in low doses now so my body has time to get used to the 1000mg required when I start the Peg? I have already recieved my first month of meds.Thanks.
10318302 tn?1409260268 Ribavirin is definitely not a walk in the park but the combo of the two (Riba & Interferon) is definitely much worse. My husband tried triple treatment with Incivik and lasted only 5 weeks on it. It almost killed him. He just completed the Sovaldi & Ribavirin treatment for 24 weeks. (He's gt 1a). He definitely had a rough time because he has hepatic encephalopathy and it was worsened with treatment BUT the important thing is he made it through treatment.
Avatar m tn http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ribavirin Pharmacokinetics Ribavirin is absorbed from the GI tract probably by nucleoside transporters. Absorption is about 45%, and this is modestly increased (to about 75%) by a fatty meal. Once in the plasma, ribavirin is transported through the cell membrane also by nucleoside transporters. Ribavirin is widely distributed in all tissues, including the CSF and brain.
Avatar f tn This was shown in a retrospective analysis of a large, randomized, placebo-controlled trial in which patients who achieved RVR had an SVR rate of approximately 90% regardless of whether they received peginterferon alfa and ribavirin, standard interferon and ribavirin, or peginterferon alfa monotherapy. In addition, the likelihood of SVR patients with genotype 1 infection who achieve an RVR does not appear to be affected by shortening the duration or reducing the dose of ribavirin.
310500 tn?1227304634 Only one response on this..... Is this not a concern for others. I hate to see the stuff go to waste as expensive as it is. Can anyone give me an idea. I was given a place in NY, but the link does not seem to work.
Avatar f tn It's hard to give specific advice since we don't know your hemoglobin numbers (before and during treatment) nor your general health history -- nor none of us are doctors -- but in many cases doctors will start the rescue drug Procrit (epo) first, before lowering the ribavirin -- epc in cases of "slight anemia" which is pretty common on treatment. The fact that your doctor cut your riba in half and still hasn't prescribed Procrit is troubling to me.
Avatar n tn Brand name and Generic, are the same drug and strength.
Avatar f tn Ribavirin is an anti-viral drug which is active against a number of DNA and RNA viruses. It is a member of the nucleoside antimetabolite drugs that interfere with duplication of viral genetic material. Though not effective against all viruses, ribavirin has important activities against influenzas, flaviviruses and agents of many viral hemorrhagic fevers. Ribavirin is a pro-drug, meaning that it is a chemical precursor for the actual phamacologically active molecule.
135456 tn?1301441224 I had a lapse in receiving my Ribavirin ( Insurance difficulties) and so my doc gave me about a 2 month supply of Riba which I took it home and realized it expired 1/08. Has anyone here heard from their doc that riba keeps its potency even after its expiration?
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.
3242225 tn?1348340121 Oh, I wish you luck so much. I just finished the 7977 and Ribavirin July 9. It is double blind so no one will know if they are und until January. One thing that scares me though, my ALT was very low from week 2 on which is good and when I finished the drug it was 15 but then went up to 22 4 weeks after the end of the meds. I am worried because you'd think it would have stayed put. I know it's just 7 points but why would it go up at all?
Avatar m tn org/posts/Hepatitis-C/Treatment-for-Hep-C--Grapefruit-Juice/show/542498 “It actually can increase some drug levels because of inhibiting a liver metabolic enyzme. However neither interferon or ribavirin is metabolized by that particular enzyme(p450) so it is OK to drink your grapefruit juice. Stay Healthy!
Avatar m tn I have been preapproved for Pegasys and Ribavirin but my Medicare Prescription Drug Plan through United Health Care has a $4,550.00 coverage gap and then 5% of the total drug cost approx $9200.00 a year. The plan starts anew Jan 1st of each year so I’m looking at a copayment in the excess of $18,400.00.
Avatar f tn ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ “In a piece of reassuring news, the study appeared to allay fears about switching to less aggressive drug treatments in response to severe side effects with anemia, showing it can be safe and effective to reduce the does of the antiviral drug ribavirin to doses below those initially prescribed.
Avatar m tn Decided to start treatment next week though, bygetting interferon shot every Friday, and I am travelling this Saturday. I have only noticed that Ribavirin capsules that pharmacy gave me for 3 months have expiry of October 2014. If I start taking drugs on 15 August, it means 3 packs of Ribavirin will become expired during my treatment, as I will take them till November 15. Should I request pharmacy to change portion of packs?
Avatar f tn With regards to ribavrin and sperm, in some respects, the jury is still out. Ribavirin can cause changes in the actual structure of the sperm. The drug is also found in semen. It is unsure whether or not the drug is present within the sperm cell or not. There is a registry of paternal ribavirin pregnancies carried to term and there have been results of successful presnancies.
Avatar m tn Is there a Forum for people being treated with the new anit-virals plus ribavirin for post-liver transplant patients with recurrent HepC?
Avatar f tn 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. GENERIC: no PRESCRIPTION: yes PREPARATIONS: Capsule: 200 mg. STORAGE: Ribavirin should be refrigerated at 2-8 C (36-46 F).
Avatar f tn I'm on 1200 mg of ribavirin daily (along with interferon), at 17 weeks of treatment. When I started treatment, my Hgb was well over 13, then fell into the 12s, then 11s, then 10s, back into the 11s, back down to the 10s. The labs I had drawn yesterday show Hgb at 9.8. I weigh about 115 lbs (52 kg). According to weight-based guidelines, only 1000 mg (or even 800) of ribavirin would be recommended for someone my size.
Avatar m tn I experienced some digestive upsets,insomnia and headaches, irritability, and a bit of a rash but most of my real discomfort was a result of extra hepatic manifestations due to HCV and cirrhosis. Most people feel irritable on the ribavirin but again the degree of 'riba rage' depends on the individual. My Dr. told me that almost all the people in my study complained of some side effects but that overall (nationwide) the reports were that sx were minimal.
Avatar n tn 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. Do you know if there are support groups in my area????
223152 tn?1346981971 Based on the fact that interferon monotherapy is not effective, it's effective with ribavirin, and at full strength, I would rather have my ribavirin working at full strength when I start my interferon than have it take awhile after my interferon to get to full strength. There IS data on the amount of time it takes for ribavirin to get to full concentration AND there is data on the efficacy of ribavirin together with interferon.