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Rebetol Medication - Uses & Side Effects

Rebetol is a nucleoside analog antiviral medicine and it is used in combination with interferon to treat chronic hepatitis C infection. Rebetol is always used with one of the other drugs. By itself, it is ineffective against hepatitis C.

Rebetol Dosage

  • The usual starting dose for individuals weighing 165 pounds or less is 400 milligrams in the morning and 600 milligrams in the evening.
  • The usual daily dose for individuals weighing over 165 pounds is 1,200 milligrams divided into 2 doses.

Uses of Rebetol

  • Rebetol is used in combination with interferon to treat chronic hepatitis C infection.
  • It may also be used to treats other medical conditions those are listed in this medication guide.

Side Effects of Rebetol

Before taken Rebetol medicine, you should discuss the side effects with your doctor.  If any develop or change in intensity, then you should inform your doctor as soon as possible. Because only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking Rebetol. Side effects may include:

  • Anemia
  • Blood disorder
  • Depression
  • Fatigue
  • Fever
  • Hair loss
  • Headache
  • Insomnia
  • Irritability
  • Joint or muscle pain

Warnings and precautions before taking Rebetol:

  • If you are taking this medication, then the risk of side effects is greater for individuals with poor kidney function. If you have this problem, then you should tell your doctor.
  • After taken this medicine, it may cause some people to become dizzy, drowsy, or less alert than they are normally. So you should not participate in any activities that require full mental alertness such as drive, or operate machinery.
  • If you are taking Ribavirin, then it may also cause birth defects and fetal death when used during pregnancy.

Drug Interaction :-

If you are taking Rebetol with certain other drugs, then the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. So it is especially important to check with your doctor before combining Rebetol with other medications.


No adverse effects of Rebetol overdose have been reported. But after taken Rebetol if you feel that overdose is suspected, then you should contact with your doctor immediately. Because it may lead to another serious effect.

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