Ribasphere | Ribavirin Capsule Breastfeeding
It is recommended to breastfeed exclusively for six months and then while introducing to other food sources extend it to twelve months. In this duration most mothers will need help of some sort of medication, It could be for short term like could and flue or it could be something chronic like Arthritis or Diabetes and here comes the question of safety of medication in use. In this post we will figure out what is Ribasphere | Ribavirin Capsule and whether its safe to use Ribasphere | Ribavirin Capsule while nursing or not.

What is Ribasphere | Ribavirin Capsule used for?

RIBASPHERE® (Ribavirin capsules) are indicated in combination with INTRON A (interferon alfa-2b, recombinant) Injection for the treatment of chronic hepatitis C in patients 18 years of age and older with compensated liver disease previously untreated with alpha interferon and in patients 18 years of age and older who have relapsed following alpha interferon therapy.RIBASPHERE® (Ribavirin capsules) are indicated in combination with PEG-INTRON (peginterferon alfa-2b, recombinant) Injection for the treatment of chronic hepatitis C in patients with compensated liver disease who have not been previously treated with interferon alpha and are at least 18 years of age.The safety and efficacy of RIBASPHERE® (Ribavirin capsules) with interferons other than INTRON A or PEG-INTRON products have not been established.

I am breastfeeding mother and I am using Ribasphere | Ribavirin Capsule. Can it have any bad effect on my kid? Shall I search for better alternative?

Ribasphere | Ribavirin Capsule low risk for breastfeeding
is the one and only active ingredient present in Ribasphere | Ribavirin Capsule. in itself is a low risk drug for lactation so it is easy to understand that Ribasphere | Ribavirin Capsule also comes in category of Low Risk item while breastfeeding. Below is the summary of in breastfeeding.

Statement of Manufacturer/Labeler about breastfeeding usage
Nursing Mothers It is not known whether the ribavirin product is excreted in human milk. Because of the potential for serious adverse reactions from the drug in nursing infants, a decision should be made whether to discontinue nursing or to delay or discontinue RIBASPHERE® (Ribavirin capsules).

Ribasphere | Ribavirin Capsule Breastfeeding Analsys

while Breastfeeding

Low Risk

CAS Number: 36791-04-5

Synthetic drug and nucleoside analogue which is structurally related to guanine with antiviral activity. It is used in infants and newborns for treatment of respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) and adenovirus. Along with interferon for treatment of hepatitis C (authorized on these cases from the 3 years of life). At latest update no published data on excretion into breast milk were found. Its large volume of distribution makes it unlikely that may occur the passage of significant amounts to the milk. Its low oral bioavailability hinder the passage toward infant’s plasma from ingested milk, except in preterm milk and immediate neonatal period, for which there may be an increased intestinal permeability. Since it is used as treatment on infants and its pharmacokinetic data are favorable, it should be regarded as compatible with breastfeeding for short-term exposures, however, to be cautiously used on long-term treatments.

Ribasphere | Ribavirin Capsule Breastfeeding Analsys - 2

while Breastfeeding

CAS Number: 36791-04-5

Ribasphere | Ribavirin Capsule and breastfeeding

Ribavirin has not been studied in nursing mothers being treated for hepatitis C infection. However, ribavirin is given directly to infants by inhalation to treat respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) infection. The amount in milk is likely to be lower than the doses received by infants treated with ribavirin for RSV infection. Hepatitis C is not transmitted through breastmilk[1][2] and breastmilk has been shown to inactivate hepatitis C virus (HCV).[3][4] However, the Centers for Disease Control recommends that mothers with HCV infection should consider abstaining from breastfeeding if their nipples are cracked or bleeding. It is not clear if this warning would apply to mothers who are being treated for hepatitis C. Infants born to mothers with HCV infection should be tested for HCV infection; because maternal antibody is present for the first 18 months of life and before the infant mounts an immunologic response, nucleic acid testing is recommended.[1][2]

Is Ribasphere | Ribavirin Capsule safe while breastfeeding

What if I already have used Ribasphere | Ribavirin Capsule?

Ribasphere | Ribavirin Capsule is in the category of low risk, if you have already used it then its not a big deal if health and behavior of baby is good. However your health care provider shall be aware of the fact that you have used Ribasphere | Ribavirin Capsule so you should inform him based on your convenience.

I am nursing mother and my doctor has suggested me to use Ribasphere | Ribavirin Capsule, is it safe?

Ribasphere | Ribavirin Capsule comes in category of low risk and if your doctor is aware that you are breastfeeding it should be ok to use without much concerns.

If I am using Ribasphere | Ribavirin Capsule, will my baby need extra monitoring?

Not much monitoring required while using Ribasphere | Ribavirin Capsule

Who can I talk to if I have questions about usage of Ribasphere | Ribavirin Capsule in breastfeeding?

National Womens Health and Breastfeeding Helpline: 800-994-9662 (TDD 888-220-5446) 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. ET, Monday through Friday

National Breastfeeding Helpline: 0300-100-0212 9.30am to 9.30pm, daily
Association of Breastfeeding Mothers: 0300-330-5453
La Leche League: 0345-120-2918
The Breastfeeding Network supporter line in Bengali and Sylheti: 0300-456-2421
National Childbirth Trust (NCT): 0300-330-0700

National Breastfeeding Helpline: 1800-686-268 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

Telehealth Ontario for breastfeeding: 1-866-797-0000 24 hours a day, 7 days a week