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Rebetol Oral Solution (Ribavirin)and/or alternatives
Rebetol 40mg/mL from $1.66 USD/mlRebetol 40mg/mL
Manufactured by: Schering-Plough Ltd
Product of United Kingdom. Shipped from United KingdomRxPrescription Required
General Information on Rebetol Solution
Rebetol Solution is a antiviral medicine indicated for the treatment of chronic hepatitis C. The generic name of Rebetol Solution is ribavirin.
This medication is ‘prodrug’, which means that the active substance in the drug is created by metabolism within the body only after administration. In the case of Rebetol Solution, ribavirin metabolizes to form a chemical similar to the RNA nucleotides of viruses. It then interferes in the replication process of the virus, thus controlling the spread of the viral disease.
For the treatment of hepatitis C infections, you must not buy Rebetol Solution alone. It is usually accompanied by an interferon alpha product, since ribavirin alone is not effective for hepatitis C treatment.
Side effects of Rebetol Solution
Rebetol Solution should not be taken if you have previously suffered from an allergy to ribavirin. You must also avoid taking this drug if you suffer from autoimmune hepatitis, a severe liver disease or anemia, thalassemia, or any other hemoglobin disorder. Rebetol Solution is counter-indicated if you are currently taking didanosine or if you are pregnant, since Rebetol Solution is known to cause birth defects if taken during pregnancy.
In fact, Rebetol Solution must also not be taken by a male who has a pregnant sexual partner. Adequate birth control measures need to be taken while either partner is taking this medication. You need to discuss what measures would be adequate, and you may also need to take 2 forms. Birth control measures need to be continued for at least 6 months after your treatment is complete.
Rebetol Solution may cause certain serious side effects that need to be notified to your doctor immediately. These side effects include vision problem, flu-like symptoms, body pain, chills and fever, severe pain in the upper abdominal region that spreads to the back, rapid heart rate, stabbing chest pain, falling short of breath, wheezing, hallucinations, severe depression, heaviness or pain in the chest that may spread to the shoulder and arm, dark colored urine, abnormal weakness, and yellowish or pale skin.
Rebetol Solution reduces the red blood cell count in your body, which results in anemia. This condition may be life threatening, especially for people who suffer from blood circulation and hearing problems.
Dosage of Rebetol Solution
If you buy Rebetol Solution, then you must take exactly the same dosage prescribed for you. A larger dose may result in an overdose, while a small dose may not prove to be effective in treating your infection. This medication must not be taken alone, so you must take other drugs prescribed as well for efficient treatment.
The dosage of Rebetol Solution must be measured with a dose measuring cup. You can get a cup from your local pharmacist if you do not have one handy. Since Rebetol Solution reduces the RBC count in your body, you may need to undergo regular blood tests to check for such problems.
Rebetol Solution may cause dehydration. You must drink plenty of fluids while you are on this medication. The risk of dehydration is especially greater if you exercise or during hot weather.
It is important to inform your doctor of all the medications you are currently taking before taking Rebetol Solution.
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What is a "Generic" medication/drug?
Generic drugs are medications that have the comparable medicinal ingredients as the original brand name drug, but which are generally cheaper in price. Nearly 1 in 3 drugs dispensed are "generic". They undergo comparative testing to ensure that they are the same as their "brand" counterparts in:
- Active Ingredient (e.g. "Pravastatin" is the active ingredient in brand name Pravachol)
- Dosage (e.g. 10 mg of the active ingredient)
- Safety (e.g. same or similar side effects, drug interactions)
- Performance (e.g. 10 mg of a "generic" can be substituted for 10 mg of the "brand" and have the same therapeutic result)
- Intended use (e.g. both "generic" and "brand" would be prescribed for the same conditions)
What this means is that "generic" medications can be used as a substitute of their brand equivalents with comparable therapeutic results. There are a few exceptions (examples are outlined at the end of this page) and as always you should consult your physician before switching from a brand name medications to a generic or vice versa.
What differences are there between generic and brand?
While generics and brand equivalent drugs contain comparable active ingredients, they may be different in the following ways:
- Appearance (e.g. the scoring or markings)
The color, shape and size of the medication come from the fillers that are added to the active ingredients to make the drug. These fillers that are added to the drug have no medical use and do not to change the effectiveness of the final product. A generic drug must contain comparable active ingredients and must be comparable in strength and dosage to the original brand name equivalent. Generic drugs can be more cost effective than purchasing the brand name.
Why do generics cost less than the brand name equivalents?
When a new drug is "invented", the company that discovered it has a patent on it that gives them the exclusive production rights for this medication. Once the patent expires in a country, other companies can bring the product to market under their own name. This patent prevents other companies from copying the drug during that time so they can earn back their Research and Development costs through being the exclusive supplier of the product. After the patent expires however, other companies can develop a "generic" version of the product. These versions generally are offered at much lower prices because the companies do not have the same development costs as the original company who developed the medication.
The main thing to realize here though is that the two products are therapeutically comparable. They may look different, and be called something different, but they are required to be have the same active ingredient.
How are Generic drugs tested to ensure quality and efficacy?
The two most generally accepted methods to prove the safety of a generic version of a drug are to either repeat most of the chemistry, animal and human studies originally done, or to show that the drug performs comparably with the original brand name drug. This second option is called a "comparative bioavailability" study. During this type of study, volunteers are given the original drug, and then separately later the generic drug. The rates at which the drug is delivered to the patient (into their blood stream or otherwise absorbed) are measured to ensure they are the same. Because the same active ingredient is used the major concern is just that it delivers the common chemical(s) at the same rate so that they have the same effect. Please note that the methods that the manufacturers use may vary from country to country.