About the drug:
The main active ingredient is Ribavirin. It is approved by USFDA for the treatment and prevention of Hepatitis C virus( HCV). It is a prescription drug sold under various brand names including Ribavin.
Uses of the drug:
Ribavirin is an antiviral drug that treats HCV infection, which is an HIV related opportunistic infection. This drug is always used in combination with either interferon alpha-2b or peginterferon alpha-2a.
Working of the drug:
Ribavirin is nucleoside inhibitor. It works by inhibiting the viral RNA synthesis. There are multiple mechanisms by which this drug interfere the viral multiplication process.
Ribavin 100 mg capsule is manufactured by Lupin, India. You can buy Ribavirin100 mg online at 24x7pharma.com.
Dosage form and strengths:
This drug is available in the capsule form in the following strengths on our website:
Ribavin capsules 100 mg
Ribavin capsules 200 mg
Before you take this drug:
Do not take this drug if you:
Are allergic to this drug or any of the other ingredients of this medicine
Tell your doctor if you:
Are pregnant and take all the medicine for HIV prescribed by the doctor, to prevent the spread of HIV to the unborn baby.?
Are breastfeeding. You should stop breastfeeding if you are infected with HIV or if you are taking Nelfinavir
Have blood pressure kidney problems
Have serious liver problem
Have serious heart complaint
Have any liver problems
Women should not get pregnant while they take this drug and should prevent pregnancy for 6 months after stopping the drug.
How much to take the drug?
The dosage may depend on a range of factors like age, sex, drug allergies, or seriousness of the condition among several other factors. Your dosage will be determined by your doctor after examining you properly. The usual dose is one 100 mg capsule once in a day, although the dose strength will depend upon the condition of the patient.
How to take the drug?
Swallow the capsule with one glass full of water. Do not break the capsule. Take the drug exactly as directed. Take the medicine on empty stomach, or as directed by your doctor. HCV is treated with a combination of drugs. Always take the prescribed drugs as directed by your doctor in combination with other HIV drugs. The drug comes with a warning card that lists the symptoms of allergic reactions. Read this card and carry if always with you. Store this medication in a cool and dry place. You can buy Ribavin 100 online at 24x7pharma.com.
Take the capsule at the same time each day, so as to avoid forgetting the dose. This should become a habit for you to take the capsule until the doctor tells you to stop the drug.
For how long to take it?
Take the drugs as long as your doctor recommends you to take it.
If you feel any alarming symptoms then immediately consult the doctor about this drug and its possible side effects of over dosage. If the situation worsens then visit the nearest healthcare center or call the emergency helpline number.
In case you forget to take the dose, skip the dose and take the next dose on the recommended time period. Do not double up the dose for the missed one.
Side effects of the drug:
Ribavirin can lead to severe psychiatric problems such as severe depression, confusion, suicidal thoughts, aggression, extreme fear, hallucinations, or unusual behavior. Inform you doctor right away if you get any of these side effects while taking this drug, even if you have had them before. Also, tell your doctor as soon as possible if you notice any of the following:
High blood sugar levels?
Increase in bleeding ( in people with Haemophillia)/risk of anemia
Fat gain or loss
Skin rashes, hives and itching
In such cases you must go for immediate medical help. Do not get alarmed by the list. You may /may not experience all of them. Tell your doctor immediately in the above situations.
Common drug interactions:
Ask your doctor to get the full list of the drugs needed to be avoided while taking the drug as they may interfere it and can worsen the situation. Your doctor is fully aware of the drug to be avoided. Also tell him about the herbal or OTC medicine that you are taking or you have been taking.
Things to remember:
You must use a proper barrier contraceptive method while taking Ribavirin and for at least 6 months following the end of you treatment
Discuss with your doctor and clear all doubts which you may have about this drug
Store this medication in a cool and dry place
Never start a new medication without consulting your doctor first