Hepatitis C Treatment and Ribavirin’s Wild Ride – Lucinda K. Porter, RN

Breathe in, breathe out.” That is what I am doing to calm myself. Why am I in a dither? In recent weeks, two people on hepatitis C treatment that used ribavirin reported common side effects to their doctor or nurse, only to be told that their problems were not related to treatment. Excuse me? Does anyone read the package insert? Here are ribavirin’s side effects listed by Medline Plus:coughupset stomachvomitingdiarrheaconstipationheartburnloss of appetiteweight losschanges in ability to taste fooddry mouthdifficulty concentratingdifficulty falling asleep or staying asleepmemory lossrashdry, irritated, or itchy skinsweatingpainful or irregular menstruation (period)muscle or bone painhair lossSome side effects can be serious. The following symptoms are uncommon, but if you experience any of them, or those listed in the IMPORTANT WARNING section, call your doctor immediately:hives

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