List of adverse effects of ribavirin

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List of adverse effects of ribavirin by frequency.[1][2][3]

Very common (>10% frequency)

Common (1-10% frequency)

  • Sexual disturbances (including erectile dysfunction, prostatis, amenorrhea, etc.)
  • Skin disturbances (including acne, eczema, psoriasis, etc.)
  • Gastrointestinal disturbances (including mouth ulcers, indigestion, diarrhea, constipation, etc.)
  • Upper respiratory tract disturbances (including nosebleeds, nasal/sinus congestion, etc.)
  • Visual and hearing disturbances (including tinnitus, blurred vision, etc.)
  • Neurologic disturbances (including memory loss, migraines, incoordination, sensory distortions, etc.)
  • Psychiatric disturbances (including suicidal ideation and psychosis)
  • Infections (including sinusitis, the flu, sepsis, UTIs, etc.)

Uncommon (0.1-1% frequency)

  • Immediately life-threatening psychiatric disturbances, including suicide attempts and hallucinations

Rare (0.01-0.1% frequency)

Very rare (<0.01% frequency)

Unknown frequency


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  2. "COPEGUS (RIBAVIRIN) TABLET, FILM COATED [GENENTECH, INC]". DailyMed. Genentech, Inc. February 2013. Archived from the original on 12 October 2012. Retrieved 23 February 2014.
  3. "Rebetol 200mg hard capsules - Summary of Product Characteristics". Merck Sharp & Dohme Limited. 27 January 2014. Archived from the original on 27 February 2014. Retrieved 23 February 2014.