Ribavirin Coupon - Ribavirin 200mg capsule

Generic Copegus, Rebetol

RIBAVIRIN is an antiviral medicine. It is used with interferon alfa to treat hepatitis C. It will not work for colds, flu, or other viral infections. Compare nucleoside analogue antivirals.
Ribavirin Coupon - Ribavirin 200mg capsule

Ribavirin Side Effects

What should I watch for?

See your doctor or health care professional for a follow-up visit as directed. You may need to have tests done to check your progress. Tell your doctor if your symptoms do not improve or if they get worse.

This medicine may cause birth defects or death to an unborn child. Women taking this medicine must avoid pregnancy while taking this medicine and for 6 months after stopping this medicine. Men who are taking this medicine must avoid getting a woman pregnant while taking this medicine and for 6 months after stopping this medicine. Use 2 forms of birth control. Women who can still have children must have a negative pregnancy test before starting treatment. Take monthly pregnancy tests while you are taking this medicine and for 6 months after this medicine is stopped. Talk to your doctor if you think that you or your partner are pregnant or are trying to become pregnant.

Do not drink alcohol, including beer, wine, and liquor. This may make your liver disease worse.

You may get drowsy or dizzy. Do not drive, use machinery, or do anything that needs mental alertness until you know how this medicine affects you. Do not stand or sit up quickly, especially if you are an older patient. This reduces the risk of dizzy or fainting spells.

Your mouth may get dry. Chewing sugarless gum or sucking hard candy, and drinking plenty of water may help. Contact your doctor if the problem does not go away or is severe. Brush your teeth thoroughly twice daily and have regular dental examinations. Also, if you vomit, rinse out your mouth.


Interactions with Medications

Along with its needed effects, a medicine may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.

Check with your doctor immediately if any of the following side effects occur:

More common


black, tarry stools

body aches or pain

chest pain


cough or hoarseness




difficult or labored breathing


dry mouth

dryness of the throat



feeling sad or empty

feeling unusually cold

fever or chills

general feeling of discomfort or illness



irregular heartbeats


joint pain

lack of appetite

loss of interest or pleasure

lower back or side pain

mental depression

muscle aches and pains



painful or difficult urination

pale skin


poor concentration

quick to react or overreact emotionally

rapidly changing moods


right upper abdominal or stomach pain

runny nose



shortness of breath


sore throat

sores, ulcers, or white spots on the lips or in the mouth


tender, swollen glands in the neck

tightness in the chest

trouble with concentrating

trouble with sleeping

trouble with swallowing

troubled breathing with exertion

unable to sleep

unusual bleeding or bruising

unusual tiredness or weakness

voice changes



Less common

Bleeding gums

blood in the urine or stools


depressed mood

dry skin and hair

feeling cold

hair loss

husky voice

muscle cramps and stiffness

pinpoint red spots on the skin

right upper abdominal or stomach fullness

slowed heartbeat

weight gain

Incidence not known

Blistering, flaking, or peeling of the skin

Some side effects may occur that usually do not need medical attention. These side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine. Also, your health care professional may be able to tell you about ways to prevent or reduce some of these side effects. Check with your health care professional if any of the following side effects continue or are bothersome or if you have any questions about them:

More common

Acid or sour stomach

being forgetful


blurred vision

bone pain

change in taste or bad, unusual, or unpleasant (after) taste

cracked, scaly skin

crusting, irritation, itching, or reddening of the skin

difficulty with moving

dizziness or lightheadedness

feeling of constant movement of self or surroundings

hair loss or thinning of the hair



lack or loss of strength

menstrual changes

pain or tenderness around the eyes and cheekbones


sensation of spinning


stomach discomfort, upset, or pain

stuffy nose


swollen joints

weight loss

Less common

Back pain

burning, dry, or itching eyes

discharge, excessive tearing

feeling of warmth

redness of the face, neck, arms, and occasionally, upper chest

redness, pain, swelling of the eye, eyelid, or inner lining of the eyelid

skin rash, encrusted, scaly, and oozing

Incidence not known

Change in hearing

loss of hearing

Other side effects not listed may also occur in some patients. If you notice any other effects, check with your healthcare professional.

Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

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