Rebetol, also known as ribavirin, is a medication used along with antiretroviral medications to treat chronic hepatitis C. Hepatitis C involves a chronic infection of the liver. Over time, hepatitis C can cause cirrhosis (scarring) of the liver. Ribavirin reduces the amount of hepatitis C virus in the body, which allows your liver to recover.
Make sure to always read the patient information and instructions before using this medication. Always follow your doctor’s directions.
Tell your doctor and pharmacist:
You should also know:
Common side effects of Rebetol include but are not limited to:
Get medical help if you have any of the following side effects of ribavirin.
Can this drug help prevent the spread of hepatitis?
It is unknown if the use of this drug prevents spreading the hepatitis virus from one person to another. While on this medication, it is important to practice sex and not share needles with others. These techniques help prevent spreading the virus to others.