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How does ribavirin work?

How does ribavirin work?

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. ...Read more

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How exactly does sofosbuvir and ribavirin work to kill the HCV virus?

How exactly does sofosbuvir and ribavirin work to kill the HCV virus?

Sovaldi + ribavirin: Sovaldi (sofosbuvir) is a uridine nucleotide analog prodrug that is converted in liver to an active metabolite that inhibits the hcv ns5b rna-dependent RNA polymerase, which is essential for viral replication. The combination is fda-approved, forms an aasld/idsa recommended treatment arm for multiple genotypes, as well as for hcv/hiv coinfected patients, ; those with liver cancer pre-transplant. ...Read more

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What is the difference between sofosbuvir and ribavirin in how they work against hcv?

What is the difference between sofosbuvir and ribavirin in how they work against hcv?

Hep c: Do you have to be on treatment now? By the end of this year ribaviran will most likely no longer be used to treat hep vc. Treatments will be more effective and shorter in duration. Ribaviran is not directly active against hep c like sofosbuvir and the other amazing drugs coming this year. ...Read more

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How exactly do interferon alpha2a and ribavirin work to kill the HCV virus?

How exactly do interferon alpha2a and ribavirin work to kill the HCV virus?

Mechanism of action: Interferon Alpha 2a is a protein similar to infection fighting proteins released by white blood cells. Ribavirin is a prodrug that resembles purine RNA nucleotides. Therefore, Ribavirin interferes with the RNA replication of the hcv. ...Read more

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I have beta-thalassemia and HCV. I was on interferon with ribavirin in 2008. It didn't work. Now I want to try Sovaldi. What are my chances it works?

I have beta-thalassemia and HCV. I was on interferon with ribavirin in 2008. It didn't work. Now I want to try Sovaldi. What are my chances it works?

Worth the try: It's looking really good. I hope you are able to get it. The politics of availability are bizarre -- I feel the drug company needs to see a fair profit that will allow more work, and that the people whose taxes paid for the basic research aren't denied a great medicine. Keep reading the blogs and find out the best way for you to get access to the real stuff at reasonable cost. ...Read more

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Who should not use Rebetol (ribavirin)?

Rebetol (ribavirin): See the many contraindications at: http://dailymed.nlm.nih.gov/dailymed/drugInfo.cfm?setid=04d2b6f4-bd9b-4871-9527-92c81aa2d4d0

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What happens when I overdose on ribavirin?

What happens when I overdose on ribavirin?

Depends upon doses: All medicines have a threshold to cause signs of intoxication. If you know how much you did take ( number of pills or milligrams.) call the Poison Control Center 18002823171 in the USA to see if you should worry or go to the emergency room? If this happened recently in matter of few hours try to vomit them. ...Read more

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What are the most common uses of ribavirin?

What are the most common uses of ribavirin?

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. ...Read more

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