Rebetol

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    Brand Name:Rebetol
    Generic:Ribavirin
    Availability:Prescription
This drug was approved by the FDA in one form or another on:
1998-06-03 ,2003-07-29 ,
This drug is made in one form or another by the following companies:
Schering-Plough
This drug is available in the following forms:
Capsules
Oral Solutions
View the actual FDA approved label for this drug at the following links:
http://www.fda.gov/cder/foi/label/2003/21546_rebetol_lbl.pdf
http://www.fda.gov/cder/foi/label/2007/020903s039lbl.pdf

About Rebetol

"REBETOL" is a form of the antiviral drug ribavirin. It is used in combination with interferon alfa-2b to treat some patients with chronic hepatitis C infection. It is not known how REBETOL and interferon alfa-2b work together to fight hepatitis C infection.

It is not known if treatment with REBETOL and interferon alfa-2b will cure hepatitis C virus infections or prevent cirrhosis, liver failure, or liver cancer that can be caused by hepatitis C virus infections. It is not known if treatment with REBETOL and interferon alfa-2b will prevent an infected person from infecting another person with the hepatitis C virus.

Side Effects of Rebetol

The most serious possible side effects of REBETOL Capsules and Oral Solution are:

  • Harm to unborn children. REBETOL Capsules and Oral Solution may cause birth defects or death of an unborn child.
  • Anemia. Anemia is a reduction in the number of red blood cells you have which can be dangerous, especially if you have heart or breathing problems. Tell your health care provider right away if you feel tired, have chest pain or shortness of breath. These may be signs of low red blood cell counts.

Tell your provider right away if you have any of the following symptoms. They may be signs of a serious side effect:

  • trouble breathing
  • hives or swelling
  • chest pain
  • severe stomach or low back pain
  • bloody diarrhea or bloody stools (bowel movements). These may appear black and tarry.
  • bruising
  • other bleeding

The most common side effects of REBETOL Capsules and Oral Solution are:

  • feeling tired
  • nausea and appetite loss
  • rash and itching
  • cough

Who Should Not Take Rebetol

Do not use these medicines if:

  • You are a female and you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant at any time during your treatment with REBETOL or during the 6 months after your treatment has ended.
  • You are a male patient with a female sexual partner who is pregnant or plans to become pregnant at any time while you are being treated with REBETOL or during the 6 months after your treatment has ended.
  • You are breast-feeding. REBETOL may pass through your milk and harm your baby.
  • Talk with your provider about whether you should stop breast-feeding.

  • You are allergic to any of the ingredients in REBETOL Capsules or Oral Solution.
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