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Rebetron



USES: This combination of medications is used to treat certain viral infections.

 
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Uses
This combination of medications is used to treat certain viral infections.
Notes
  • These products have been prescribed for your current condition only.
  • Do not use them later for another infection or give them to others.
  • A different medication may be needed in those cases.
  • Laboratory and/or medical tests will be performed to monitor for pregnancy, side effects or response to treatment.

Storage
  • Store this product in a refrigerator between 36 and 46 degrees F (2-8 degrees C).
  • The capsules of ribavirin may be stored separately at room temperature between 59-86 degrees F (15-30 degrees C).
  • Properly discard of any unused medications after the expiration date.


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How To Use
  • HOW TO USE THIS MEDICATION: Take the ribavirin medicine by mouth, generally twice daily with or without food.
  • The interferon is injected under the skin (SC) three times a week or as directed.
  • Use at bedtime may minimize flu-like side effects.
  • Learn all the preparation and administration instructions in the product package and ask your doctor or pharmacist if you are unclear on any information.
  • Dosage is based on your condition and response to treatment.
  • Drink plenty of fluids while using these drugs unless otherwise directed.
  • Antiviral medications work best when the amount of medicine in your body is kept at a constant level.
  • Do this by taking the medication at about the same time each day as directed.
  • Continue to use these products until the full prescribed amount is finished even if symptoms disappear after a short time.
  • Do not use if the liquid contains particles or is discolored.
  • Make sure needles and any medical supplies are stored safely and disposed of properly.
  • Consult your pharmacist or nurse.

Side Effects
  • This product may cause flu-like symptoms such as fever, headache, nausea, vomiting, fatigue, muscle aches, chills, diarrhea or stomach pain.
  • These symptoms may subside as your body adjusts to the medication.
  • Redness, pain or swelling at injection site, dizziness, hair thinning and change in taste sensation may also occur.
  • If these effects persist or worsen, inform your doctor promptly.
  • Unlikely but report promptly mental/mood changes, extreme tiredness, one-sided weakness (arm/leg), vision changes, poor coordination, cold or heat intolerance or fast/slow/irregular heartbeat.
  • Very unlikely but report promptly black stools, persistent sore throat, chest discomfort, unusual bleeding or bruising, or tingling of hands or feet.
  • In the unlikely event you have an allergic reaction to this drug, seek immediate medical attention.
  • Symptoms of an allergic reaction include rash, itching, swelling, dizziness or trouble breathing.
  • If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

Precautions
  • Tell your doctor your medical history, including any allergies, blood disorders, diabetes, lung, kidney, liver, heart or thyroid disease, immune system disorders (e.g., lupus, sarcoidosis), psoriasis, depression or other emotional or mental conditions.
  • Avoid alcohol intake as it may intensify drug side effects.
  • Since these products may cause dizziness, caution is advised when performing tasks requiring alertness (e.g., driving).
  • These products must not be used during pregnancy by either the pregnant woman or her male partner.
  • Two reliable forms of birth control must be used whenever at least one sexual partner is using these medicines, and for six months after stopping treatment.
  • If you (or your partner) become pregnant or think you/partner may be pregnant, inform your doctor immediately.
  • It is unknown whether these products are excreted into breast milk.
  • Because of the potential risk to the infant, breast-feeding while using these products is not recommended.
  • Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.

Missed Dose
  • If you miss a dose, contact your doctor or pharmacist to establish a new dosing schedule.

Drug Interactions
  • Tell your doctor of all over-the-counter and prescription medications you may use including zidovudine, zalcitabine, didanosine, barbiturates (e.g., phenobarbital), theophylline, vidarabine or anticancer drugs (e.g., vinblastine, vincristine or those affecting blood cells).
  • Do not start or stop any medicine without doctor or pharmacist approval.

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