What is Copegus (Ribavirin) used for?
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Copegus (Ribavirin) is an antiviral medication prescribed to treat patients who are suffering from hepatitis C. The medication operates by preventing the spread of the infection allowing it to be destroyed by the immune system naturally. This makes it useful for preventing symptoms associated with this condition such as fatigue, nausea, liver scarring, or cirrhosis. Your physician may also prescribe it to treat other unlisted conditions.
How should I use Copegus (Ribavirin)?
Follow your physician's instructions while using Copegus (Ribavirin) to get the safest and most effective results from treatment. One tablet is typically taken twice daily at the indicated dosage, but your individual regimen will depend on your current health condition and the severity of your symptoms. Swallow the tablets whole with a large glass of water. Never chew, split, or crush the doses as this may destroy or alter the effects of their contents. Ask your physician or pharmacist any questions you have about the medicine to ensure the correct application.
What are the side effects of Copegus (Ribavirin)?
Some patients using Copegus (Ribavirin) have reported experiencing side effects including:
Tell your physician if any symptoms become intense or if you experience more serious side effects occur such as flu symptoms, vision problems, severe chest pain, back pain, jaundice, discolored urine, or discolored stools. These conditions may require emergency medical attention or other adjustments to your treatment to prevent further complications from appearing.
Copegus (Ribavirin) should not be used to treat patients who have severe heart disease, liver cirrhosis with complications, or hereditary blood disorders. It is also recommended to inform your physician if you have any mental disorders, gout, or heart disease as these conditions may require adjustments to your regimen to prevent potential health problems from occurring.
Strictly follow all instructions provided to you by your physician or pharmacist while using Copegus (Ribavirin). Optimum and safe dosage can differ based on the patient and the condition being treated.
As this medication may be unsafe for certain patients, it is essential you always inform your physician if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, as well as if you have any allergies, other illnesses, or ongoing health conditions, and if you are taking any other form of medication, supplements, or herbal products.
Immediately seek emergency medical care if you have an allergic or hypersensitive reaction. Common signs of a reaction include hives, swelling, skin rashes, chest pains, as well as trouble breathing or swallowing.