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Dr. Erik Voogd
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Ribavirin (Overview)

Ribavirin is an antiparasite agent which is a kind of antibiotic and antimicrobial.


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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

Dr. Erik Voogd
384 doctors shared insights

Ribavirin (Overview)

Ribavirin is an antiparasite agent which is a kind of antibiotic and antimicrobial.


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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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Can you develop a gradual allergy to ribavirin over 8-9 days with shortness of breath No drop in H&H no asthma history?

Can you develop a gradual allergy to ribavirin over 8-9 days  with shortness of breath   No drop in H&H  no asthma history?

Possibly: Breathing difficulty from ribavirin is usually a wheezing allergic reaction. However it's best to discuss this with the physician who is prescribing the ribavirin and following you as he/she would want to know of any possible side effects. ...Read more

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

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

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). ...Read more

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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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I am having a hard time eating because everything taste horrably salty to me. I am on pegasist and riboviran. And some other side affect meds.

I am having a hard time eating because everything taste horrably salty to me. I am on pegasist and riboviran. 
And some other side affect meds.

Having : Having a salty taste in your mouth can be attributed several things such as a reaction medication , gastric reflux (due to the acid released from the stomach, pain may be absent), reaction to chemotherapy, a fungal infection in your mouth or traces of blood in your mouth due to dental caries or infection. It is important to see your health care provider to determine what the causing factor. ...Read more

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What are common side effects of ribavirin treatment?

Ribavirin side effec: Fatigue, nausea, hair loss, anemia, are common adverse events form ribavirin. The other agents that this is given with also add additional adverse events. This informaiton is available on the package insert, provided with all prescriptions upon request ...Read more

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Im going through interferon and ribavirin treatment for hep c, can it weaken my immune system and make it easier for me to catch colds, etc?

Im going through interferon and ribavirin treatment for hep c, can it weaken my immune system and make it easier for me to catch colds, etc?

Can: Any time you are on biologics such as interferon you place yoursef at risk so any time you get sick or bhave fevers seek medical opinion. ...Read more

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I'm on sovaldi and Ribavirin for the first month and dropped from 373,000 viral load to 0! Is it bad to have one Long Island alchol drink?

I'm on sovaldi and Ribavirin for the first month and dropped from 373,000 viral load to 0! Is it bad to have one Long Island alchol drink?

Something lighter: congratulations on having achieved an early viral response, it is indicative of clearance as long as you stay on the medications religiously! Liver injury after clearance of HCV continues for some time, until the liver has repaired the damage from the virus. Anything that also damages the liver will only add to the damage from the HCV, so for now, avoid excessive alcohol use and lose weight ...Read more

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