Is it Safe to Take Ribavirin During Pregnancy?
By Nabta Team
Ribavirin is a Category X drug, meaning it is virtually guaranteed to cause birth defects. Ribavirin is an antiviral drug used to treat chronic cases of Hepatitis C. In studies involving pregnant animals, Ribavirin caused many fetal birth defects or death. The animal fetuses in almost all cases were subject to embryo lethality and teratogenicity. Because of the high potential for complications, women are advised to wait six months after discontinuing Ribavirin to start trying to get pregnant. Men should do the same if they are on Ribavirin, as it can cause abnormalities in the sperm.