What are the adverse effects of ribavirin in the treatment of hepatitis C (hep C) infection?

Updated: Oct 07, 2019
  • Author: Vinod K Dhawan, MD, FACP, FRCPC, FIDSA; Chief Editor: BS Anand, MD  more...
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Adverse effects of ribavirin include the following:

  • Hematologic complications (ie, hemolytic anemia)
  • Reproductive complications (ie, birth defects)
  • Metabolic complications (ie, gout)

Because of the risk of reproductive complications from ribavirin, it is recommended that patients and their partners not become pregnant while either is on therapy as well as for 6 months after the completion of treatment. [9]


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