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What should I know before taking Technivie and ribavirin?

Donna Hill Howes, RN
Family Practitioner

Your doctor will need to do blood tests before starting treatment. If you have a heart condition, you will need to have an electrocardiogram (EKG). Women of childbearing age will need to have a pregnancy test.

You should avoid getting pregnant while you take ribavirin and for 6 months after treatment. This drug can harm your baby. If you are of childbearing age, you should use at least two reliable methods of birth control. If your female partner is pregnant, you should not take ribavirin.

You should avoid taking ribavirin for 2 weeks after being vaccinated against the flu.

If you have had heart disease, you should not take ribavirin.

If you have hemoglobinopathy, you should not take ribavirin.

If you have impaired creatinine clearance (less than 50 mL/min), you should not take ribavirin capsules or solution.

If you have moderate to severe impaired liver function, you should not take Technivie.

If you are over age 65, ribavirin may not be a good option for you.

It is not known if Technivie is safe or effective for people under age 18 years of age.

If you are breastfeeding, ribavirin may not be a good option for you. It is not known if this drug can be passed into breast milk.

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