Weight Based Guide Ribavirin to Cure Hepatitis C


If you weigh 165 pounds (75kg) or less you take 1000mg of ribavirin a day. If You weigh 165 pounds (75kg) or more you take 1200mg of ribavirin a day.


The drug was patented in 1971 and approved for medical use in 1986. It is on the World Health Organization’s List of Essential Medicines, the most effective and safe medicines needed in a health system. It is available as a generic medication. In the United States a course of treatment costs around $550 to $880 for 12 weeks treatment.  Ribavirin price in India is less than $75 for 600 tablets of 200mg.

Hepatitis C Treatment

In hepatitis C, it is used primarily to treat hepatitis C and viral hemorrhagic fevers (which is an orphan indication in most countries). In this former indication the oral (capsule or tablet) form of ribavirin is used in combination with pegylated interferon alfa.  Including in people co infected with hepatitis B, HIV and in the pediatric population. Statins may improve this combination’s efficacy in treating hepatitis C.

New Hepatitis C Drugs

Nowadays, ribavirin is sometimes used with Sovaldi, Harvoni or Epclusa.  It really depends on what your healthcare team recommends.  There is no one size fits all.  It really depends on your genotype and if you have tried to beat the hepatitis C virus with direct acting antivirals (DAAs).

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