What is Ribamune (Ribavirin) used for?
Ribamune (Ribavirin) is an antiviral medication known as a nucleoside analogue. It is prescribed as part of a treatment plan for people with chronic hepatitis C who have not previously been treated with an interferon. It is used in combination therapy with peginterferon.
Ribavirin is called a nucleoside analogue. This is a type of antiviral medication. It works by stopping the virus that causes hepatitis C from spreading inside the patient's body.
How should I use Ribamune (Ribavirin)?
Ribavirin is never to be used on its own. It will always be taken as part of a complete treatment plan including another drug - usually peginterferon. Your doctor will prescribe a full treatment plan for you.
Ribavirin capsules are taken twice a day - usually with the morning and evening meal. Most times you will take the other drugs in your treatment plan at the same time. Swallow each capsule of Ribamune whole with a glass of water. Your doctor will have prescribed you a specific dose of each medicine. Take only the dosages that has been prescribed, and follow any instructions they have given you.
What are the side effects of Ribamune (Ribavirin)?Ribamune (Ribavirin) and peginterferon can cause some unwanted side effects. Some are common and should pass over time, while others should be treated as more threatening.
Common side effects associated with Ribamune (Ribavirin) are:
The following are more severe side effects. Tell your doctor immediately if you notice any of these:
Tell your doctor if: