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.

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  • Copegus, Moderiba, Rebetol, RibaPak, Ribasphere, RibaTab
  • More common
    Anxiety
    black, tarry stools
    body aches or pain
    chest pain
    congestion
    cough or hoarseness
    crying
    depersonalization
    diarrhea
    difficult or labored breathing
    discouragement
    dry mouth
    dryness of the throat
    dysphoria
    euphoria
    feeling sad or empty
    feeling unusually cold
    fever or chills
    general feeling of discomfort or illness
    headache
    hyperventilation
    irregular heartbeats
    irritability
    joint pain
    lack of appetite
    loss of interest or pleasure
    lower back or side pain
    mental depression
    muscle aches and pains
    nausea
    nervousness
    painful or difficult urination
    pale skin
    paranoia
    poor concentration
    quick to react or overreact emotionally
    rapidly changing moods
    restlessness
    right upper abdominal or stomach pain
    runny nose
    shaking
    shivering
    shortness of breath
    sleeplessness
    sore throat
    sores, ulcers, or white spots on the lips or in the mouth
    sweating
    tender, swollen glands in the neck
    tightness in the chest
    trouble with concentrating
    trouble with sleeping
    trouble with swallowing
    troubled breathing with exertion
    unable to sleep
    unusual bleeding or bruising
    unusual tiredness or weakness
    voice changes
    vomiting
    wheezing
    Less common
    Bleeding gums
    blood in the urine or stools
    constipation
    depressed mood
    dry skin and hair
    feeling cold
    hair loss
    husky voice
    muscle cramps and stiffness
    pinpoint red spots on the skin
    right upper abdominal or stomach fullness
    slowed heartbeat
    weight gain
    Incidence not known
    Blistering, flaking, or peeling of the skin
    Severity: Minor
    Some of the side effects that can occur with ribavirin may not need medical attention. As your body adjusts to the medicine during treatment these side effects may go away. Your health care professional may also be able to tell you about ways to reduce or prevent some of these side effects. If any of the following side effects continue, are bothersome or if you have any questions about them, check with your health care professional:

    More common
    Acid or sour stomach
    being forgetful
    belching
    blurred vision
    bone pain
    change in taste or bad, unusual, or unpleasant (after) taste
    cracked, scaly skin
    crusting, irritation, itching, or reddening of the skin
    difficulty with moving
    dizziness or lightheadedness
    feeling of constant movement of self or surroundings
    hair loss or thinning of the hair
    heartburn
    indigestion
    lack or loss of strength
    menstrual changes
    pain or tenderness around the eyes and cheekbones
    rash
    sensation of spinning
    sneezing
    stomach discomfort, upset, or pain
    stuffy nose
    swelling
    swollen joints
    weight loss
    Less common
    Back pain
    burning, dry, or itching eyes
    discharge, excessive tearing
    feeling of warmth
    redness of the face, neck, arms, and occasionally, upper chest
    redness, pain, swelling of the eye, eyelid, or inner lining of the eyelid
    skin rash, encrusted, scaly, and oozing
    Incidence not known
    Change in hearing
    loss of hearing
  • (ribavirin) tablet, film coated