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Ribavirin is a medication that acts against viruses. It treats hepatitis C, RSV infection and viral hemorrhagic fever.

Common side effects of this medicine include feeling tired, nausea, headache, muscle pains, fever, and an irritable mood. Some serious side effects include liver problems, red blood cell breakdown and allergic reactions.

Don’t take Ribavirin if you are taking didanosine, if you have liver failure, kidney disease or autoimmune hepatitis. Tell your doctor if you have or have ever had a mental illness, cancer, diabetes, sexual transmitted disease, sarcoidosis, gout, Gilbert’s syndrome, thyroid, eye, pancreas, or lung disease. You are advised to stop consumption of alcohol or breastfeeding during this treatment.

Ribavirin is available as a tablet, a capsule and an oral solution to take by mouth or inhale. It is usually taken with food two times a day, in the morning and the evening, for 24 to 48 weeks or longer. Your doctor may decrease your dose or ask you to stop taking Ribavirin if you develop side effects of the medication.

Information given here is based on the salt and content of the medicine. Effect and uses of medicine may vary from person to person. It is advicable to consult a Hepatologist before using this medicine.

In addition to its intended effect, Ribavirin may cause some unwanted effects too. In such cases, you must seek medical attention immediately. This is not an exhaustive list of side effects. Please inform your doctor if you experience any adverse reaction to the medication.


Loss of appetite

Impaired concentration

Insomnia (difficulty in sleeping)

Is It safe with alcohol?

Interaction with alcohol is unknown. Please consult your doctor.

Are there any pregnancy warnings?

Heptos 200mg capsule is highly unsafe to use during pregnancy.
Human and animal studies have shown significant adverse effects on the foetus. Please consult your doctor.

Are there any breast-feeding warnings?

Heptos 200mg capsule is probably unsafe to use during breastfeeding. Please consult your doctor.

Is it safe to drive while on this medicine?

There is no interaction between driving and consuming this drug. So dose alteration is not needed.

Does this affect kidney function?

Caution should be used in patients with renal impairment.

Does this affect liver function?

There is no data available. Please consult doctor before consuming the drug.

Are there any missed dose instructions?

If you miss a dose of Ribavirin, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular schedule. Do not double the dose.
Below is the list of medicines, which contains Ribavirin as ingredient
Hetero Drugs Ltd
Zydus Cadila
Fulford India Ltd
Ribavirin is ribonucleic analog that prevents viral RNA synthesis and viral mRNA clapping, thereby inhibiting nucleoside. In the form of purine RNA nucleotides it affects RNA metabolism that is needed for viral replication.
Whenever you take more than one medicine, or mix it with certain foods or beverages, you"re at risk of a drug interaction.

Interaction with Medicine

Tenof 300Mg Tablet

Valten 300Mg Tablet

Telbihep 600Mg Tablet

Zilion 300Mg Tablet

What are you using Ribavirin for?
hepatitis C
How much was the improvement?
How long did it take before seeing improvement?
Within 2 hours
How frequently did you take this medicine?
Once a day
How did you take this medicine?
With Food
What were the side effects of this medicine?
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Popular Questions & Answers

I have a sitting job and I have hepatitis C problem tell me how I can save of life from this disease.

C.S.C, D.C.H, M.B.B.S
General Physician, Alappuzha
I have a sitting job and I have hepatitis C problem tell me how I can save of life from this disease.
Hepatitis c is the no. 1 cause of liver cancer and liver transplants. It's brought on by a virus that you can catch if you come into contact with contaminated blood. You could get it from an unclean tattoo needle, for example. Sometimes, it spreads during sex. It can be cured. But doing so hasn't always been easy or comfortable. For decades, you needed painful shots of a medicine called interferon and a pill called ribavirin. These drugs didn't target the virus making you sick. Instead, they amped up your immune system, so you'd fight it like you do when you get sick with the flu. But the treatment didn't always remove the virus from the body. Cure rates hovered around 50%. And, people who stuck with the year-long treatment -- not all did -- had to live with chemo-like side effects. These days there's a revolution underway in hepatitis c virus (hcv) treatment. More and more people are being quickly cured by simply taking a pill, at home, for just a few weeks. Several injection-free options have been approved since 2014, and that list is growing fast.

My wife aged 71 yrs. Is diagnosed for hepatitis-c infection. Can you help in curing her? if so, please advise on action to be taken by us and oblige. Regards,

General Physician, Vijayawada
(1. Please take complete bed rest until your serum bilirubin is less than 2.0mg /ml. (2) please take udiliv 150 mg. One tablet thrice daily till urobilinogen appears in your urine, because it is not skin allergy. It is due to the absence of urobilinogen in your urine due to the obstructive phase of hepatitis c.

I am hcv positive for last 14 years. Viral load 1*10. 6 log. From last 1. 5 month I am taking harvoni to cure hcv. Yesterday I got my test hcv rna quantative.

MBBS, MD - Internal Medicine
General Physician, Delhi
Dear , what is your hcv subtype? What is your lft. Have you ever taken interferon and or ribavirin. What is your last hcv rna quantitative levels?
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Popular Health Tips

How Can Hepatitis B and C Be Treated Through Internal Medicine?

MD - Internal Medicine, MBBS
Internal Medicine Specialist, Mumbai
How Can Hepatitis B and C Be Treated Through Internal Medicine?

Hepatitis B and C are considered the world’s chronic viral hepatitis which kills a huge number of people every year. Even though it accounts for massive suffering as well as early death, it could only attract relatively less national and international attention. While the deaths caused by tuberculosis, malaria and HIV/AIDS have reduced to a great extent since the early 2000s, deaths stemming from hepatitis B and C are rising at a fast pace. It kills around 1 million people across the world.

Can medicine help in the treatment of hepatitis B and C?
There are numerous FDA approved medications available for the treatment of Hepatitis B and C. Here are some of the best medicines for this, but before you take them, you must consult an expert who can evaluate your symptoms and recommend the right drugs for you.

Medicines for Hepatitis B:

  1. Entecavir: It is used in chronic hepatitis B virus infection and can treat active viral replication.
  2. Lamivudine: It is used for treating chronic hepatitis B which is associated with Hepatitis B viral replication along with active liver inflammation.
  3. Adefovir dipivoxil: This is used for the treatment of the disease in children below the age 12 years.
  4. Interferon alpha 2B: It can be used for young children aged 1 year who are affected by the disease along with compensated liver disease.
  5. Pegylated interferon: It is used for the treatment of adult patients with HBeAg positive and negative chronic hepatitis. If the patient has compensated liver disease along with liver inflammation and evidence of viral replication, then this medicine is usually given.
  6. Telbivudine: When there is chronic hepatitis with adult patients along with persistent elevations in ALT and AST or previously active disease, this medicine may have to be administered.
  7. Tenofovir alafenamide: It is indicated for the treatment of chronic hepatitis B virus infection in adults with compensated liver disease.

Medicines for Hepatitis C:

  1. Ribavirin: This medicine can be used in combination with other medicines for chronic hepatitis C virus infection. Ribavirin can be utilized for compensated liver disease in patients who have not been treated with interferon alpha.
  2. Daclatasvir: This is an NS5A replication complex inhibitor which is often given with sofosbuvir for the treatment of patients with chronic HCV genotype 3 infection.
  3. Sofosbuvir and Velpatasvir: The combination of these two medicines is used for the treatment of adult patients with chronic genotype 1 to 6 without any infection. It may be used in combination with ribavirin in patients with compensated or decompensated cirrhosis.
  4. Ledipasvir: A fixed-dose of a combination of hepatitis C virus inhibitor and Ledipasvir can be employed in the treatment of hepatitis genotype 1 infection in adults.

Both in the cases of Hepatitis B and C, it is important to diagnose the infection early. Prevention and cure are possible with precautionary measures and prescribed medications.

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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