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Copegus (Ribavirin)

Copegus, also known as Ribavirin, are capsules which can be used in combination with another medication called Interferon. It helps in treating patients suffering from chronic hepatitis C.
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Copegus 200 mg (Normal Dosage)

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Drug Uses

The capsules of Copegus can be used in combination with interferon. This combination is useful for treating patients suffering from chronic hepatitis C, especially in those patients who have not been treated with interferon before, or who have had a return of hepatitis C, followed by a successful treatment with interferon.

Usage

Medication must always be taken as advised by your medical practitioner/physician. If you are unsure, then please contact your physician for precise instructions. On the other hand, the medicine label usually contains dosage instructions which also may be followed.

Copegus may be taken with a meal and two capsules in a day so as to prevent stomach problems.

A full glass of water when taken with Copegus always ensures better absorption.

Medications are prescribed according to a dosage schedule which must be completed in order to reap the benefits of the treatment. Lapsed schedules render Copegus ineffective. So, never stop in between unless advised by your physician.

One of the best ways to ensure that you do not miss out on a dose is to maintain a fixed regime for consuming Copegus each day.


Drug Class and Mechanism

Copegus being an antiviral drug can be useful in combination with interferon. Such a combination is good for treating chronic hepatitis C. The exact mechanism of its action is yet to be known, but it is thought to meddle with the production, or action of viral DNA and RNA. These are very critical to the survival and multiplication of the virus.

Missed Dose

You must maintain a schedule for taking the medicine at the same time each day so that you do not miss out on any doses. But, in the advent of a missed dose, take it as soon as you remember so that you can compensate for the loss of the dose.

But, then you may need to adjust your remaining doses accordingly. And if it is almost time for the next dose, then please skip the missed dose and continue with the normal schedule.

Never try to compensate for the missed dose by taking a double dose together. It may cause adverse effects.

Storage

Copegus must be stored at a cool and dark place that prevents it from direct exposure to sunlight. It should also be protected from kids and pets. You can store it at room temperature preferably between 15 to 30 degrees C.

Warning/Precautions

If you are allergic to any ingredient in Copegus (you may check medicine label) then please do not use it without consulting your doctor.

Ensure that your doctor is aware of your past and current medical history before you start any new treatment or medication. This must include any and all diseases that you have suffered /suffer from, all subscription and over the counter medication that you are taking, including vitamins and herbal supplements. This will help avoid a possible interaction or allergy.

In some cases, the medication might be altered or require special attention if you suffer from conditions like severe heart, liver or kidney disease, blood disorders and certain other types of hepatitis, breathing problems, diabetes, pancreas problems or any other allergies.

Copegus is known to make some people dizzy or drowsy. And if you consume alcoholic beverages, then the chances of this happening increase greatly. Hence, alcohol and alcoholic beverages must be strictly avoided while taking Copegus. If you have experienced drowsiness after taking Copegus, then avoid tasks that require mental alertness for example, driving, handling heavy equipment or machinery etc.

Certain laboratory tests may be made mandatory while you are using the drug. These tests include pregnancy tests, hemoglobin, blood counts and are conducted to analyze your progress to treatment and guage the degree to which side effects are being experienced. You must never miss out on any such lab tests.

Proper measures and caution is to be maintained when Copegus is to be given to children.

Pregnancy Info

If you are planning to have a baby or are pregnant already then you must seek advice from your doctor and should not indulge in using Copegus. It may lead to certain effects and possible risks on the unborn baby. It is also advisable to use proper birth control measures before you indulge in the dosage of Copegus.

If you are breast feeding your child, then too seek medical advice before using Copegus. Some drugs may be excreted in the breast milk and may harm the baby.
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