Copegus - antiviral medicine. Quickly gets into cells and works in the cells infected with a virus. Most sensitive to a ribavtrin, DNA viruses - a herpes simplex virus, viruses of group of smallpox, Marek's disease; RNA viruses - influenza viruses A, B, paramyxoviruses (parainfluenza, epidemic parotitis, the Newcastle disease), reoviruses, oncogenous RNA viruses.
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Copegus - product description
Copegus is an antiviral drug of direct action, which is prescribed for the control of chronic hepatitis C.
The main active substance of the drug is ribavirin, a synthetic analog of nucleoside acid.
Copegus - safety information
The drug should not be taken to persons with hypersensitivity to ribavirin or any of the components of the drug
Also, Copegus is contraindicated in such cases:
• Persons who have not reached adulthood;
• Hereditary or congenital alteration or disruption of the structure of the hemoglobin protein.
• Decompensation of liver function, when cells begin to decompose and perform their functions;
• Cirrhosis of the liver with decompensated function (6 points or more in patients with co-infection with HIV-Hepatitis C on the Child-Pugh scale)
• Severe depression and suicidal moods
• Copegus should not be used by men whose partners are pregnant.
There were no reports of overdose during clinical trials. The decrease in the level of calcium and magnesium is described in people who took Copegus in doses, 4 times higher than the maximum recommended. Copegus is not removed during hemodialysis. Treatment, in this case, will be symptomatic
Interaction With Other Medicines And Alcohol:
Because the drug is highly toxic, it is forbidden to take it with alcohol. Also, pay special attention to the combination of Copepus with other medicines, as this can be dangerous to health. Before choosing a drug for treatment, you need to consult a doctor who will determine if you can take the drug. Perhaps the expert will assign you something different - it all depends on your condition.
Copegus should not be taken during pregnancy, as this can damage the health of the unborn child. To make an exception can only be if the mother's condition is very painful and she urgently needs Copegus therapy, and the health benefits are more important than the health benefits of the child.
The drug seeps into breast milk, so during lactation, it is necessary to make a choice in either favor of treatment without breastfeeding or stop the medication.
In individual cases, when the benefit of the combined use of ribavirin and azathioprine is greater than the potential risk, the blood counts should be closely monitored, and in the appearance of signs of the damaging effect of chemotherapy on the hematopoietic tissue of the bone marrow, stop treatment.
Copegus - side effects
Taking the drug may cause the following side effects: anorexia, weight loss, insomnia, irritability, depression, loss of concentration, headache, dizziness, shortness of breath, cough, nausea, diarrhea, abdominal pain, hair loss, itching, dermatitis, dry skin , myalgia, arthralgia, weakness, fever, chills, asthenia, pain, oral infections, anemia, bone pain, sweating, oral infections, flu, arrhythmia, pressure decrease, Stevens-Johnson syndrome, retinal detachment, dehydration Ivanov.
You have to visit your doctor and ask all the questions about using Copegus before starting the course of therapy.