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what are the most common uses of ribavirin?

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Dr. Shaym Puppala
Internal Medicine 25 years experience
Hepatitis C, RSV: It is approved for use (along with interferon) for treatment of chronic hepatitis C in adults and children. It is approved for use for treatment of respiratory syncytial virus in infants and children.
Dr. Charles Turck
Pharmacology 17 years experience
Hepatitis C and RSV: Ribavirin is an antiviral medication that, used in combination with other drugs, may treat people who have hepatitis C (its use isn’t as common anymore with newer drugs now). In infants and young children, the drug may also be used to treat respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), which is a condition that may cause cold-like symptoms and lung infections.

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A 34-year-old member asked:

What are common side effects of ribavirin treatment?

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Dr. Vijay Laxmi Misra
Internal Medicine 22 years experience
Anemia: Anemia, hair loss, and sleep issues are common issues with ribavirin.
A 50-year-old member asked:

How does ribavirin work?

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Dr. Michio Abe
Internal Medicine 26 years experience
Ribavirin: Ribavirin is an antiviral medication used with interferon to treat hepatitis c. It works by stopping the virus that causes hepatitis C from spreading inside the body. It is a prodrug, which when metabolized, interferes with viral replication.
Dr. Richard Greenwald
Podiatry 42 years experience
Ribavirin (1-beta-D-ribofuranosyl-1,2,4-triazole) is a broad-spectrum antiviral nucleoside used in combination with interferon-alpha to treat hepatitis C virus infection and as a monotherapy to treat severe cases of respiratory syncytial virus infection and Lassa fever virus infection. Mechanism of action: ribavirin studied for decades studies have suggest that the antiviral activity of ribavirin may be related to its ability to cause a decrease in intracellular guanosine triphosphate pools, to inhibit capping of viral transcripts or to suppress cellular immune responses.
Dec 26, 2018
A 39-year-old member asked:

What is the drug virazole used for? (ribavirin-inhalation)

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Dr. Shaym Puppala
Internal Medicine 25 years experience
RSV: The inhaled form of Ribavirin is used to treat respiratory syncytial virus in infants and children with lower respiratory tract (lung) infection from this infection, particularly if immunocompromised (poor immune system from chemotherapy, hiv, bone marrow problem or other).
A 37-year-old member asked:

Whats rebetol, (ribavirin) ?

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
Ribavirin: This nucleoside-analogue antiviral is used especially along with alpha-interferon in the treatment of hepatitis c. It's also been used for severe respiratory syncytial virus infection.
A 32-year-old member asked:

Can ribavirin cause side effects?

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Dr. Simon Tsiouris
Infectious Disease 23 years experience
Yes: The full list of side effects of Ribavirin is very long. A few of the most common side effects are anemia, fever and emotional lability.

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