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Buy Rebetol or Generic Ribavirin Online

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GENERIC ALTERNATIVE LISTING - Ribavirin
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200mg
BRAND LISTING - Rebetol (Ribavirin)
Dosage Pack Size & Price Qty
200mg

REBETOL (RIBAVIRIN)

Rebetol Description

Rebetol or the generic Ribavirin is prescribed to be taken along with interferon alfa-2b injections as a combined therapy for treating chronic hepatitis C in people with compensated liver disease and who haven’t received prior alpha interferon therapy or they have relapsed following successful therapy. The generic alternative is not manufactured by the company that makes the brand product.

Rebetol’s Mechanism of Action

The role of Rebetol in addition to interferon alfa-2b injections is to reduce the amount of the virus in your body. Rebetol is referred to as a ‘prodrug’ , meaning it starts out as one type of drug which changes or metabolizes into something a little different and more suited to treat hepatitis C.

As a nucleoside analog, Rebetol is able to trick the virus into believing that it is one of the essential building blocks the virus needs to be able to reproduce. So with the replication process fouled up, the hep C virus cannot make copies of itself and the virus numbers start to decrease.

More About Hepatitis C Virus

Rebetol is used to treat a dangerous liver infection called hepatitis C, which causes muscle pain, fever, and yellowing of the skin. It works by targeting and killing the viruses responsible for this condition, ensuring they can no longer have an effect. In doing so, it also minimizes your risk for complications like permanent liver damage. It is not a cure, however, and may need to be taken on an ongoing basis.

Your liver is responsible for removing harmful chemicals from your blood, fighting infection, and storing nutrients, vitamins, and energy. Liver damage caused by the hepatitis C virus can take 10 or more years to manifest its self and until then there are few, if any, symptoms. Hepatitis C is a blood-borne virus that can be passed on through I.V. drug use, unsafe medical practices, high-risk sexual behavior, or a blood transfusion.

Undiagnosed or untreated chronic hepatitis C can lead to scarring of your liver, liver cancer, and liver failure. If you feel that you may be at risk for having or contracting the hepatitis C virus (HCV), talk to your doctor about testing that can be done.

Before You Take Rebetol

Rebetol is not suitable for people with liver disease, autoimmune hepatitis, or anemia. Be sure to tell your doctor whether you have hepatitis B, diabetes, HIV/AIDS, or a history of thyroid, eye, heart, or breathing problems before you start taking the drug. Some medications can interact negatively when combined with Rebetol so advise your doctor about all OTC and Rx drugs, herbal remedies, and vitamin or dietary supplements you currently take or use. These include certain HIV/AIDS drugs and immunosuppressant drugs, and must be used only as directed by your doctor.

Things You Should Know About Rebetol

Your doctor may recommend a pregnancy test to confirm you are not pregnant before taking Rebetol or before your husband has started taking Rebetol. At least two forms of birth control should be used during treatment and for at least 6 months after Rebetol therapy has ended.

You may need to have your blood, liver, vision, and thyroid checked regularly during treatment. Rebetol is not a cure for hepatitis C infection, and it does not prevent the spread of hepatitis C to others through sexual contact or blood contamination.

Possible Side Effects of Rebetol

  • Headache
  • Muscle pain
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Mood swings
  • Fatigue
  • Changes in weight

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