Ribavirin is used with other medicines to treat Hepatitis C virus infection.
Take ribavirin as directed with food and a glass of water. It is very important to take it regularly. If you often forget to take ribavirin, it may not work as well.
If it is nearly time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and take your next dose at the usual time. Otherwise, take the missed dose as soon as you remember. Do not take two doses at the same time.
Tell your pharmacist or doctor about all medicines or treatments that you may be taking, including vitamins, herbal products or recreational drugs.
|Side Effects||Recommended action|
Symptoms of liver problems including: yellow skin or eyes, itching, dark urine, pale bowel motions, abdominal pain
Reduced number of blood cells that fight infections in your body - symptoms include: fever, chills, sore throat or generally feeling unwell
Tired, dizzy, short of breath, pale skin (may be anaemia)
|Tell your doctor immediately|
Low mood, irritability
|Tell your doctor|
Loss of appetite, weight loss, diarrhoea, indigestion, nausea
Dry mouth, changes in taste
Headache, trouble sleeping
Dry, itchy or red skin, more sensitive to sunlight (sunburn or rash)
|Tell your doctor if troublesome|
If you notice any other effects, discuss them with your doctor or pharmacist.
This leaflet contains important, but not all, information about this medicine.
Prepared by the MyMedicines Committee at Christchurch Hospital, Te Whatu Ora - Waitaha, New Zealand. March 2023
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