Medications and Drugs
Brand Names: Copegus, Rebetol, RibaPak, Ribasphere, RibaTab
Generic Name: ribavirin (oral) (Pronunciation: rye ba VYE rin)
What is ribavirin (Copegus, Rebetol, RibaPak, Ribasphere, RibaTab)?
Ribavirin is an antiviral medication.
Ribavirin must be used together with an interferon alfa product (such as Pegasys, PegIntron, Sylatron, or Intron A) to treat chronic hepatitis C.
Ribavirin may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.
Copegus 200 mg
oval, pink, imprinted with RIB 200, ROCHE
Ribavirin 200 mg Tab-TEV
round, peach, imprinted with 93, 7232
Ribavirin 200 mg-TEV
capsule, white, imprinted with 93 7227
What are the possible side effects of ribavirin (Copegus, Rebetol, RibaPak, Ribasphere, RibaTab)?
Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Stop using ribavirin and call your doctor at once if you have a serious side effect such as:
Less serious side effects may include:
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
What is the most important information I should know about ribavirin (Copegus, Rebetol, RibaPak, Ribasphere, RibaTab)?
Ribavirin is not effective when used alone to treat hepatitis C. It must be used together with an interferon alfa product (such as Pegasys, PegIntron, Sylatron, or Intron A) to treat chronic hepatitis C.
You should not take ribavirin if you are allergic to it, or if you have severe liver disease, autoimmune hepatitis, a hemoglobin disorder (anemia, thalassemia, and others), if you are also taking didanosine (Videx), or if you are pregnant woman, or a man whose female sexual partner is pregnant.
This medication can cause birth defects or death in an unborn baby.
If you are a woman, do not take ribavirin if you are pregnant.
If you are a man, do not take ribavirin if your female sexual partner is pregnant. An unborn baby could also be harmed if a man fathers the child while he is taking ribavirin.
Use at least two effective forms of birth control while either sexual partner is taking ribavirin, and for at least 6 months after treatment ends. Tell your doctor right away if a pregnancy occurs while either the mother or the father is taking ribavirin.
Ribavirin may decrease the number of red blood cells in your body. This is called anemia and it can be life-threatening in people who have heart disease or circulation problems. Your blood will need to be tested often. Your vision, liver function, and thyroid function may also need to be tested. Visit your doctor regularly.
Call your doctor at once if you have pale or yellowed skin, dark colored urine, fever, confusion, chest pain, weakness, or trouble breathing.
Report Problems to the Food and Drug Administration
You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.
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