What is ribavirin used for

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Avatar n tn that is very interesting! i am about to start tx. for years i have been suffering from chronic fatigue and it has been getting worse at the same time my liver inflamation has been getting worse and my viral count has been going up. now my doctor tells me there is a corelation between these three things. my fatigue has gotten so bad that i only work part time now. i am wondering if tx will make me feel worse or if the viral count goes down will i improve. what did you feel like befor tx?
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Avatar n tn I am on treatment with PEGASYS & Ribavirin. I am genotype 1b in week 32 of 48. I began treatment with a viral load of 10,100,000 and went to 784 by week 4. Undetectable at week 12. When I started treatment I weighed 165 and was put on 1,000 mg/day of Ribavirin. At week 32 I weight 140 and my hemoglobin is at 9.9. My doctor wants me to lower my Ribavirin to 800 mg/day. I am hesitant in doing this. I do not want a viral breakthrough. What are your thoughts on reducing Ribavirin?
Avatar f tn What is your Hgb? That is really the important question. What is your base line and what was it at 800 and over the past few weeks? I'll let someone else regurgitate the studies about SVR & Riba dose reduction since I am intrinsically wary of reducing Riba. I would be freaked but I am a prior partial responder and this is my 2nd time around. That could be my negative jinx karma, glass-half-empty point of view defying logic and reason.
Avatar n tn The reason I don't just add it is because they still can't get the anemia under control with the 4 I'm taking and I am on Aranesp for the anemia. That is why I am hesitant I thought maybe if I tried every other day I could build up to it.
Avatar m tn 3, and it may go down further, which is not good. The only difference is my treatment is that for the last 2 weeks I switched to a differenr Ribavirin brand.
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Avatar m tn Although the pegylated interferons are the primary drugs used to treat CHC, a combination with ribavirin is more effective than pegylated interferon alone. Ribavirin-associated AE may be lessened by ribavirin dose reductions and by maintenance of the hematocrit..." See: http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/578705 Ribavirin improves early responses to peginterferon through improved interferon signaling. Gastroenterology.
Avatar m tn Hi there, you know, that seems perfectly logical to me on one hand, but I think the reason they say not to od that is for reasons TNHepGuy mentioned in his post. I think it is out of fear that you will become resistant to the riba before it has had the chance to work at its best in conjunction with the peg. Someone else may have more info. on the subject, but that is my best guess! Thanks for posting this question.
Avatar f tn From what I've read so far, Telaprevir and Ribavirin both may produce rash and Telaprevir is supposed to be worse one of them. Hope it will go away real fast.
Avatar m tn There is little doubt that the proper amount of ribavirin is essential to svr. the question is what is enough ribavirin. If every person absorbs ribavirin at different levels based on many more factors then their weight (kidney function for example) then weight based dosing doesn't make a lot of sense.
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 f tn Am I the only one on here taking 1,200 mgs of ribavirin, who is going thru Triple Tx? I keep noticing people mentioning lower dosages. I have heard of smaller people taking less, and I am 5'9'', 160 pounds, but I think my Doctor is prescribing this same amount for most of the people in my home group, that I've talked to.
Avatar f tn Or, is it both? Is anyone who is using Ribavirin now with Sovaldi experiencing anemia? Just want to know what to look out for.
Avatar n tn This month I filled my second prescription for ribavirin. This prescription was filled with generic Rebetol at a cost of $90 for the same quantity. This was a very pleasant surprise. Can anyone comment on the efficacy of the generic vs the non-generic ribavirin?
545538 tn?1295995617 Considering it has been on the market for forty years if it could be used as a preventative I think it would have been used this way by now . I have faith that capitalism would have discovered this unknown quality by now.
Avatar m tn No study has been done where changes in ribavirin dosage has occurred during a trial.) Here is an additional note from the study..."Host and viral factors associated with relapse included high baseline viral load (HCV RNA >800,000 IU/mL), male sex, and using low-dose rather than weight-based ribavirin." It appears that reduced ribavirin it has a large impact on treatment success for someone with your host factors... unfortunately.
Avatar f tn Treatment for GT 1a without cirrhosis is 12 weeks of Viekira Pak with ribavirin. While for GT 1b without cirrhosis treatment is 12 weeks of Viekira Pak alone without ribavirin. Blood work cannot diagnosis cirrhosis unless you are talking about a fibrosure blood test. I have had cirrhosis for 8 years and my ALT is 29 and my AST is 27. Of course I am cured now but even my pre treatment tests from 2 years ago my ALT was 78 and AST was 54.
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 m tn Did you call your specialty Pharmacy and ask for the pharmacist? That is an excellent source of info. My other thought is to call the manufacturer (Johnson & Johnson?) and ask them. I had heard that meds were often given a shorter "effective date" than they truly have to make sure the are used at peak of strength, but that they are effective lomger. I would not feel comfortable assuming that is true - would want more specific for this very important drug.
Avatar m tn Because the new Protease Inhibitor drugs will be used in conjunction with the current interferon and ribavirin, don’t look for them to be less expensive; far from it. The thing is, they might prove more efficacious, only requiring one treatment rather than multiple therapies that some genotype patients now require. And the bottom line is that all these treatments remain cheaper than transplant surgery; this is probably the motivating factor for insurance payout to begin with.
Avatar n tn A couple of things people would want to know about you to give you better answers is if you have treated before, what is the condition of your liver ie do you have cirrhosis, and what is your genotype if you know it.
Avatar m tn Did you start taking the Zantac for your stomach problems or for reflux? I ask that because in my case I have what is called LPR or silent Gerd. No reflux, but errosive symptons above the esophagus such as sore throat, ear ache, head ache, hoarseness,sinusitis, fatigue etc. What i found was that while the H2's and PPI's helped the acid suppression to some degree, they created some new stomach problems including gas.
Avatar f tn Just started treatment for Hep C. This is my 3rd day taking Sovaldi and Ribavirin. No side effects, yet. Just curious, if anemia sets in, when would that be? Is it two weeks into treatment?
Avatar m tn dont panic 800mg is enough usually for a G2 so a week or two on 800 is no drama, with G2 riba is not so much weight based unless u are on peg 2b you had a very low VL you went und at 2 wks you are acute stage all the odds are in your favour dont worry
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427265 tn?1444080036 Nothing in my life prepared me for how horrible that really was. It's not just what number your hemo is at it's how fast it goes down. So if you were supposed to be at 1200 and are going to start at 1600 that's a jump but not really THAT bad. I was only a stage 3 myself. As a stage 4 you really have to beat this thing down now. Just please make sure you ARE having WEEKLY tests. That way if you need the procrit you can get it on board fast since it will take a few weeks to work.
Avatar n tn She has no energy/ legs are always hurting/ always freezing cold, even in 115 degree weather/ can't sleep for days/ horrible headaches with vomiting... Does anyone know what this is.... what we can do.... any hope for the future. We have no other ave. the doctors just keep referring her and referring her to someone else. All they say is "we don't know" ... my email is ***@**** please subject it" Tammy if you know anything/ have gone through it... anything thank you for listening.
Avatar m tn I recall he didn't recommend his particular approach and wouldn't do it quite that way again. High ribavirin to what you can safely tolerate is useful and adherence to ribavirin is more important in the first 12 weeks than INF, according to some sources - operative word, of course, is safely.