Ribavirin medication

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Avatar m tn will there be others treatments instead of pegasys and copegus or ribavirin in the near future.
Avatar f tn Table 2 Ribasphere (ribavirin, USP) Dosage Modification Guidelines Reduce Only Ribasphere (ribavirin, USP) Dose to 600 mg/day* if: Laboratory Values Hemoglobin in patients with no cardiac disease <10 g/dL 12.3 Pharmacokinetics The terminal half-life of ribavirin following administration of a single oral dose of ribavirin is about 120 to 170 hours. The total apparent clearance following administration of a single oral dose of ribavirin is about 26 L/h.
Avatar m tn The only difference is my treatment is that for the last 2 weeks I switched to a differenr Ribavirin brand. First 40 weeks I took Ribasphere (Ribavirin Capsules) made by DSM Pharmaceuticals, Greenville, NC The label indicates that each capsule contains Ribavirin, USP - 200mg For the last two weeks I started to take Ribavirin Tablets, made by Sandoz, Princeton, NJ Each film -coated tablet contains :Ribavirin 200 mg My question: Could it possibly be any difference between the two?
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 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 f tn If it comes down too much, then sometimes your doctor will either adjust the dosage of the ribavirin or add another medication (called Procrit) to boost the cell count back up. http://www.hepatitis.va.gov/products/patient/treatment-update.asp _____________ Quite honestly managing your side effects (however you and your doctor decide) is very important this time. Lastly (finally!) start asking for copies of your labs.
507037 tn?1210769404 I have been suffer from confusion during and now after Interferon/Ribavirin treatment. I am seeing a counselor for this. I did suffer from an allergic reaction (skin blister from my knees to the top of my head and stomach problems) from the interferon, but I continued the treatment. I just wondered if the allergic reaction, could have effected my mind. Sometimes, I'm afraid to go anywhere, because of this problem.
Avatar f tn I had merry-go-round side effects... One day I had headaches and the next body aches - then nausea and then something else and so on and so on. I don't think it is much to worry about - however, you should mention it to his doctor. Ginger ale and crackers --- pretzels worked a lot for me... But sometimes it felt like morning sickness all over again... sigh. I did end up getting some meds to stop the nausea... They have them in pill form and/or suppository form - you can use either.
Avatar n tn I have finished with Incivek, thank God. I've had my ribavirin reduced to 200 mg a day and will do my 18th peg shot on Friday. The ribavirin was reduced due to my rash. Unfortunately the rash is everywhere again. I have atarax, doxepin and clobitisol. These give minimal relief. Now my hair is just falling out like crazy. To be honest i think i could deal with all of this except the hair thing.
2030686 tn?1351692148 Keep this medication in the container it came in, tightly closed, and out of reach of children. Store ribavirin tablets and capsules at room temperature and away from excess heat and moisture (not in the bathroom). Store ribavirin oral solution in the refrigerator or at room temperature. Throw away any medication that is outdated or no longer needed. Talk to your pharmacist about the proper disposal of your medication.
Avatar f tn //www.medicinenet.com/ribavirin/article.htm GENERIC NAME: ribavirin BRAND NAME: Rebetol, Copegus 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.
545538 tn?1295995617 This may sound silly, but if Ribavirin is an antiviral medication, how many people on here have gotten the flu or virus while on tx?
Avatar m tn Just got all my medication today. 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 m tn Your heart rate is to high. There is medication for this. Your resting heart rate shouldn't be 116. Your heart rate does go up and down all day. But your resting heart rate is important and shouldn't be over 100.
Avatar m tn I have read several reliable medical sources that have stated that Ribavirin is absorbed better (and more of the medication is available to fight the Hep C virus) if taken with a high fat meal. Therefore I have been taking my Ribavirin with a high fat meal. At 6 pm a person could eat a light meal and then drink a cup of eggnog. That would get the fat in without getting stuffed with food again at 6 pm (after just eating at 2 pm).
Avatar f tn ok - upon reading the actual study, it seems to me that what they are saying is that when people are effected with anemia to the point that their ribavirin has to be reduced in order to complete the treatment, this is a good indication that the ribavirin is working as it is supposed to and those patients who had that level of anemia attained SVR more often DESPITE the reduction by up to 50% of the riba. http://content.nejm.
1225178 tn?1318984204 HCV treatment with alpha-interferon and ribavirin is available but is often not effective. Also, liver damage progresses slowly if at all in many people with HCV. However, once the PCT is in remission it is important to assess the amount of liver damage the virus has already caused and to have follow-up visits to a doctor to monitor the liver. In some cases it may be important to treat HCV infection to try and prevent progressive liver damage.
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'm on week 32 of triple with Victrellis. This weekend I took my ribavirin 600mg twice in a 30 minute period. I admit this is not the first time I have done this. But this time I feel like I have a lead over coat on and every joint in body hurts, stomach cramps..just feel like awful. I skipped my next dose and have reduced 2 subsequent doses to 400 mg each. Any comments?
Avatar m tn mail order. I just noticed the label on the ribavirin bottle says to take 3 pills 2x daily. The incivek says to take 2 pills 3x daily, but in the instructions it says to take 7-9 hours apart. First question is, does everyone else take the riba 3 caps at a time twice a day? If I take riba twice a day, how far apart, and can I take it at the same time I take the incivek?
26471 tn?1211940121 Unfortunately, the adverse events associated with ribavirin prevent higher doses of this medication from being used and, in some patients, from maintaining adequate ribavirin exposure. Now Shiffman missed the point that it is the serum concentration of RBV that is important not how much you take.
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.
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????
Avatar m tn I have just started on a 24 week regimen of Solvadi and Ribavirin and must say that the nasty side effects of Ribavirin showed up really quickly this time. Extreme fatigue, low hemoglobin, nausea, dizziness, emotional mood swings and a constant salty taste in my mouth that makes most food taste totally gross (I have lost 23 lbs in 2-1/2 months). I am committed to getting through this and hope the extra duration (12 weeks over first treatment regimen) will beat the virus this time.
Avatar f tn I am starting Viekira Pak w/Ribavirin as soon as they get it authorized through my insurance. My employer made a deal with Abvie, so that is why I will be taking the Viekira. My question is has anyone else taken or in the process of taking this medication? If so, can you give me some insight into the process. I am 6+ years post TX with peg/ribavirin.. Thanks in advance.
Avatar n tn She wrote me a my first prescription for a one month supply of Pegasys (peginterferon alfa-2a) and another for a one month supply of Rebetol (ribavirin). This question regards the cost of these meds. Please let me know if the amounts I paid are in line with what y'all are paying. I filled the prescriptions at the pharmacy of the University Hospital here in Seattle. My experience is that they generally have the best prices on meds in the area.
493068 tn?1224768915 I completed the 48 weeksof Peg Interferon and Ribavirin Feb 2006 and have never been the same. I cleared the virus so far and feel very positive about this. I have never felt this sick and weak before the treatment. I have memory problems,weakness-fatigue, muscle and joint pain, headaches, severe facial and ocular Rosacea, depression panic attacks. I was very active before treatment going to yoga and work.
135456 tn?1301441224 Ribavirin is known to cause anemia (low red blood cells), which can make heart disease worse. Also, ribavirin can harm your DNA and possibly cause cancer (see medication guide for more information and warnings). Who should not take PEGASYS and COPEGUS?