COPEGUS Ressources

Application Information

This drug has been submitted to the FDA under the reference 021511/001.

Names and composition

"COPEGUS" is the commercial name of a drug composed of RIBAVIRIN.
It belongs to the class Hepatitis B and hepatitis C treatments and is used in Viral infections (Infections and Infestations)

Answered questions

Question about pegasys/copegus treatment and liver enzyme levels?
genotype 1a and have been on treatments for 7 months. ive been undetectable since month 4 but my liver enzymes are still in the mid hundreds and my hemoglobin is 9.4. the pre-treatment biopsy showed stage 2 liver disease. does this mean my liver isnt healing, and why arent my enzymes down if the treatment is... Asked by Tawanda Collar 3 months ago.

genotype 1a and have been on treatments for 7 months. ive been undetectable since month 4 but my liver enzymes are still in the mid hundreds and my hemoglobin is 9.4. the pre-treatment biopsy showed stage 2 liver disease. does this mean my liver isnt healing, and why arent my enzymes down if the treatment is working? i dont take acetominophen and i only drink water and juice. i see the doc next week. Answered by Zetta Morel 3 months ago.

I've heard that it takes about a year to get the enzymes to normal. I used to be a lab tech and the one thing I know for sure is that your hemoglobin is a bit low. Talk to the doc about that. Vitamins will help. Good Luck Sweetie, I know you have been through a lot with this. It ain't easy. xoxo Answered by Dara Bohaty 3 months ago.

You state the doctor said "the liver enzyme level is a little higher than it should be" but which enzyme?? There are many conditions that can elevate levels of any of the enzymes and some are harmless (stress, a high protein diet, vigorous exercise). Serum levels should be taken into acccount with other diagnostic tests and should not necessarily be considered by and of themselves. You should be asking your doctor this question. Why aren't you? Answered by Eleanora Sahagian 3 months ago.

Hello dear Polly♥ I know the Liver will repair itself..........♥ When I was a little girl of about 11, my Uncle was given 6 months to live.................his Liver wws really bad..............well my Uncle.....lived to be old enough that I was his caregiver when he died.......That was 42 years after he was given 6 months to live...............he died of cancer.....nothing to do with his liver...................♥ You will be fine dear...........God Bless You♥ Answered by Bong Kehres 3 months ago.

What can i say but good luck babe.x Answered by Michelle Bernardon 3 months ago.

I don't know,but I know someone who might.I'll get back to you. Answered by Maira Rusaw 3 months ago.


Does anyone know of a lawsuit on pegasys/ copegus medication for hep c.?
the medication i am taking is making my life misserable and isn't even 100% possitive it will cure me for hep c. the side affects are terrible but to say something will get you removed from them and thats the same as a death sentence. from what i have read the roche labs have paid big money out to keep people... Asked by Jamie Dierolf 3 months ago.

the medication i am taking is making my life misserable and isn't even 100% possitive it will cure me for hep c. the side affects are terrible but to say something will get you removed from them and thats the same as a death sentence. from what i have read the roche labs have paid big money out to keep people quiet. help. Answered by Clarita Leibold 3 months ago.

Since your brother is not commited to getting well, I think a transplant will be out of the question. If someone is a drinker, transplant centers won't even consider him until he has at least 6 months of proven sobriety. You really have to want it and follow strict orders from doctors regarding behavior, diet, meds, etc. He has too many things against him to get a transplant. Having Hep C, cirrhosis, and a drinking problem is a lethal combination. It's all a matter of time. How much time depends on how much damage is done to the liver. Some end signs is massive ascites (fluid in his belly), bleeding internally, jaundice, confusion (with hallucinations sometimes), severe wasting of muscle, to name a few. It's not an easy way to go. Expect numerous hospital visits in the future. Driving that semi will be a thing of the past once he gets bad enough. He will get too sick to drive. I don't mean to be so blunt, but want to let you kind of get prepared. Drinking alcohol will only shorten his life more. Everytime he takes a drink, it is poison to his already damaged organ. It can only take so much. He will also get to the point where he will be so sick that he can no longer drink. By then, it will be too late for help. Your right when you say it doesn't look good. Your family needs to get prepared for the worst. Answered by Brandee Backers 3 months ago.

The most common side effects of pegylated interferon plus ribavirin therapy are severe, I agree, but you had to be aware of them before you started therapy. If your hepatologist isn't able to help you the side effects, as heartless as this may sound, no body forced you go through with this and you can discontinue at any time if you're unhappy. And you can't sue for published side effects. These have not been concealed. As far as lawsuits, there are suits going on all the time, most are frivolous and have no legal basis but I'm not aware of any pending at the moment. I don't believe you "will get you removed from them" simply by speaking to your doctor. Are you receiving the med free? And I don't believe that Roche Pharmaceuticals has been funding a cover up. Cover up for what? The Pegasys/Copegus combination was FDA approved for use in chronic hepatitis C, which is the most difficult one to treat especially genotypes 1 & 4, which are similar. Genotype 1 is the most common one in the U.S. After 48 weeks of therapy, you can expect a response rate of 50% of the patients receiving therapy. With genotypes 2 & 3, you get a better response rate, up to 70%-80% or higher with 24 weeks of therapy. So, no this isn't a 100% guarantee but I'll wager it's better than your odds without it. Life doesn''t come with guarantees. Did you expect something different? I don't mean to sound hard and unfeeling but it's time for a dose of reality and time to grow up. Chances are you are the reason you have hepatitis C in the first place. Okay, so you've got it. Now stop feeling sorry for yourself. This is getting in your way. In addition to what your doctor can do for you, research for yourself ways to combat or cope with the side effects. An antidepressant might be a good start. A support group would be another step in the right direction. You can do this! You really can and you've got a good shot at beating it. You're not powerless. You can do more than you think. So what do you say? Answered by Marlon Dimuzio 3 months ago.


White blood count down?
im taking copegus(liver disease) and interferon,nurse said she want me to start taking neupogen,but not till next week,im feeling weak and faint,what can i eat or drink to stop feeling this way,am taking zoloft also,i did just take my shot of interferon last night and usually feel like crap,but never this faint, Asked by Yetta Serianni 3 months ago.

avoid people especially ones who are sick eat a healthy diet follow the food guide pyramid oh you do know that a common side effect of copegus is lowered white blood cell count so the risk benefits must come into consideration from your medical provider while taking this medication Answered by Sammie Johnstad 3 months ago.

Don't be your own diagnostic doctor. Go and see one! It is important to see the doctor not only the nurse. Answered by Adaline Poskey 3 months ago.


Tryptophan for sleep?
is it safe to take tryptophan while taking copegus and interferon Asked by Chan Breidigan 3 months ago.

Tryptophan is an essential amino acid that has to be ingested from food so taking a tryptophan supplement is OK and should be compatible with everything else. Answered by Deonna Kunsman 3 months ago.


Home remedies for itiching of eczema?
I was on interfon/copegus combo for 1 year (hep C treatment) About 6 months into it I started with a small patch on my chin which spread throughout my bottom lip all the way down to my collar bones, even the palm of my hands. I saw a dermatologists several times. After 3 rounds of different antibotics, serveral... Asked by Chanell Gregoire 3 months ago.

I was on interfon/copegus combo for 1 year (hep C treatment) About 6 months into it I started with a small patch on my chin which spread throughout my bottom lip all the way down to my collar bones, even the palm of my hands. I saw a dermatologists several times. After 3 rounds of different antibotics, serveral gels and ointments and stopping treatment it still remained. The itiching and buring drives me crazy. A friens at work gave me some Desonide 0.05% ointments that cleared it up within 3 to 5 days, but once I used it up it started coming back within 2 days in the same areas, but now it is on the back if my legs at the bend and the same on my arms. I am so tired of spending money for doctor visits and expensive medications. I have been doing it for a year. I thought once I got off treatment it would just go away. Please help I am desperate... Answered by Carolann Alegar 3 months ago.

Find an allergy friendly, fragrance free moisturiser (like Sorbolene in Australia) and put that on the rash. Possibly Calamine Lotion (over the counter at pharmacy) may help with the itching. With the ointments you already have, its important you use them sparingly (only use a tiny amount), as using alot makes your skin thinner and makes it more prone to eczema. Be very careful about putting home remedies on your skin. Try to work out what your triggers are. I'd be looking at your laundry detergent given that its all over your body, as well as the materials your clothes are made of. Try an allergy friendly detergent and give the clothes an extra rinse cycle in the machine, and try 100% cotton/acrylic clothes. Check your sheets and blankets, don't use any wool or duck feathers for a while and thoroughly wash any bedding that has been remotely near either of those things. I'm currently using Advantan cream, it worked for a while but its losing its kick now. Good luck. Answered by Roxie Covino 3 months ago.

My little boy had eczema on his cheeks. I was not sure what method to use but I didn't want to make my boy go through any surgery treatments at this young age. Some suggested a plastic surgeon since it was in a very visible location but our family doctor recommend this natural guide. Best Eczema Treatment? Answered by Danyell Figary 3 months ago.

I've had eczema my entire life (my parents had me diagnosed after I repeatedly drug my arms and legs on the carpet to soothe the itching). My mom would put regular oatmeal in a sock and tie it at the end and put it in my bath water. After the bath she would put regular Crisco on my arms and legs, along with medicated powder, and then put long pants and a long sleeved shirt on me. Hope this helps! Answered by Brant Vathroder 3 months ago.


Does anyone know if, after tx w/ interferon for hep c, can liver damage still B detected?
I received Pegysus(interferon) and Copegus for 1 yr., my viral load is not detectible any longer. What I need 2 know is if any liver damage can still B detected in my blood work-(I was treated when Hep C was in stage 1). Asked by Britteny Lye 3 months ago.

The virus will stay in your body the rest of your life. If your liver was severely damaged, it probably will still be detected. It could have healed to a certain point. It depends on how badly it was damaged from the disease. My husband has had Hep C for more than 40 years. He is now taking treatment. I am telling you what I have learned from taking about 18 different Hep C education classes. You should also know that Hep C can be activated again by serious illness or severe stress. It's never really "cured", although some doctors will call it cured if your viral load stays at 0 for at least one year. Answered by Bert Ciesla 3 months ago.

the only way of finding out is through biopsy. as always, other diseases often accompany hcv like NASH (fatty liver). my last biopsy showed my damage had been cut in half after chemotherapy, i was a 2.1 prior to treatment and a 1.1 after. has it improved? well, I had the biopsy three years ago and it had been 2 post chemo when I had it done. there is no telling how well my liver is considering I also have NASH. a biospy would tell me. if a biopsy was no big deal prior to treatment, ask your doctor if you can have a post chemo one. you have to be sustained post a year to be considered cured. Answered by Arvilla Hilo 3 months ago.


Experience of hepatitis c treatment ?
Asked by Teodora Kudley 3 months ago.

hey dlizzle,i have,went through treatment for 7 months,what are you wanting to know,just a few here,copegus pills,and interferon prefilled shots,you give yourself once a week for ever how long nurse wants you to,lots of side effects,i was put on buspar for anxiety,you itch a lot,all over,some rashes,depression sets in some a little some a lot,there are about 40 side effects you may get,i got probly 30 of them,itching and depression,being the worst of them,but you have to consider ,that hep-c does and can kill,its a short period of your life,i went through baptist,they are good at what they do,im undetectable now ,if you get on treatment,they will; give you info,about the web,so you can get emails,on your progress and what to look forward to,they even have a nurse you can cal 24/7.if your scared to give yourself a shot,they have what is called a pen,which does it quick,get treatment now before it gets to be too late,if its too late you have to stay on meds a long time,i have to go now but i will answer any question you have,you are in my contacts,so i see on my emails when you ask one, Answered by Tina Parras 3 months ago.


Help me figure out what illness/disease Im talking about?
sorry if the question comes off as confusing..but Ive heard of a patient (young girl) who had to take a medicine in order to help the disease she had.. but.. the medication has her lose memory of what happened before she took it in the first place...what kind of illness/disease can that be.. and what kind... Asked by Nakita Rosada 3 months ago.

sorry if the question comes off as confusing.. but Ive heard of a patient (young girl) who had to take a medicine in order to help the disease she had.. but.. the medication has her lose memory of what happened before she took it in the first place... what kind of illness/disease can that be.. and what kind of medication had her lose her memory that way?? Answered by Jack Pickette 3 months ago.

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there are numerous medications that can have that side effect, without more information no one can answer your questions. Answered by Nedra Waclawski 3 months ago.


Is it safe to have a baby 1 month after pegasys treatment?
I was taking Pegays alone, not copegus... thanks Asked by Elease House 3 months ago.

Sorry, I found this on Roche's website. COPEGUS THERAPY SHOULD NOT BE STARTED UNLESS A REPORT OF A NEGATIVE PREGNANCY TEST HAS BEEN OBTAINED IMMEDIATELY PRIOR TO INITIATION OF THERAPY. Women of childbearing potential and men must use two forms of effective contraception during treatment and during the 6 months after treatment has concluded. Routine monthly pregnancy tests must be performed during this time. If pregnancy should occur during treatment or during 6 months post-therapy, the patient must be advised of the significant teratogenic risk of COPEGUS therapy to the fetus. Healthcare providers and patients are strongly encouraged to immediately report any pregnancy in a patient or partner of a patient during treatment or during 6 months after treatment cessation to the Ribavirin Pregnancy Registry at 1-800-593-2214. Answered by Carrol Gell 3 months ago.


Forms

ApplId/ProductId Drug name Active ingredient Form Strenght
021511/001 COPEGUS RIBAVIRIN TABLET/ORAL 200MG
021511/002 COPEGUS RIBAVIRIN TABLET/ORAL 400MG

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018859/001 VIRAZOLE RIBAVIRIN FOR SOLUTION/INHALATION 6GM per VIAL
020903/001 REBETOL RIBAVIRIN CAPSULE/ORAL 200MG **Indicated for use and comarketed with Interferon ALFA-2B, Recombinant (INTRON A), as Rebetron Combination Therapy**
020903/002 REBETOL RIBAVIRIN CAPSULE/ORAL 200MG
021511/001 COPEGUS RIBAVIRIN TABLET/ORAL 200MG
021511/002 COPEGUS RIBAVIRIN TABLET/ORAL 400MG
021546/001 REBETOL RIBAVIRIN SOLUTION/ORAL 40MG per ML
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077094/004 RIBAVIRIN RIBAVIRIN TABLET/ORAL 500MG
077224/001 RIBAVIRIN RIBAVIRIN CAPSULE/ORAL 200MG
077456/001 RIBAVIRIN RIBAVIRIN TABLET/ORAL 200MG
077456/002 RIBAVIRIN RIBAVIRIN TABLET/ORAL 400MG
077456/003 RIBAVIRIN RIBAVIRIN TABLET/ORAL 600MG
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077743/001 RIBAVIRIN RIBAVIRIN TABLET/ORAL 200MG
079111/001 RIBAVIRIN RIBAVIRIN TABLET/ORAL 200MG
079117/001 RIBAVARIN RIBAVIRIN CAPSULE/ORAL 200MG
202546/001 RIBAVIRIN RIBAVIRIN TABLET/ORAL 200MG
202546/002 RIBAVIRIN RIBAVIRIN TABLET/ORAL 400MG
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202546/004 RIBAVIRIN RIBAVIRIN TABLET/ORAL 600MG
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