Ribavirin was first developed in 1972 to help fight virus infections. It is also known as tribavirin.
What is it used for?
It is often used to treat viral hemorrhagic fevers
and hepatitis C
. It has shown some effectiveness in fighting hepatitis C infections
when used with pegylated interferon alfa
. HIV and hepatitis B coinfection
treatment in adults and pediatric population has shown to be effective. The World Health Organization
has put this medicine on the List of Essential Medicines
How does it work?
It worked in disrupting the mechanisms of ribonucleic acid (RNA) and deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) in viruses. It was safe to use without too many severe side effects or toxicity.
What are the brand names of ribavirin? Brand names in the US:
Brand names in India:
What is cost in the US and in India?
Ribavirin cost in the US is about $200. In India its a fraction of the price at $20 to $80.
What is the dosage for hepatitis C treatment?
Ribavirin is taken based on your weight for hepatitis C treatments. 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.
What about new hepatitis C drugs and ribavirin?
Nowadays, ribavirin is sometimes used with Sovaldi
. 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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