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what if I double dose riba?

I knew it was just time, until I'd be sitting here saying to myself, did I or didn't I take those ribas? I take 800mg per dose and I weigh 105 lbs. I really don't want to double up but if I did by mistake, what would happen?  All I do is lay around anyway but I'd rather not go comatose.
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taking 1600mg of Riba and weighing 105 could be difficult, plus you could throw your bloodwork way off. I'd get a good pillbox or something so you can KNOW if you took it or not and not rely on your memory.

Do you mean you aren't sure if you took 2 pills? You take 2 am and 2 pm, right? If it was me, and I was worried I'd missed one dose or 2 pills, I'd probably take them when I but I wouldn't take a whole days' worth.
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Now, I'm confused all over again. The brainfogged leading the braindead?  Actually it was okay this time but, you are right about putting them into a pill box.
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If I read you correctly, you might have missed one of your daily doses which is 400mg? Therefore if you try and make up the lost dose by "double dosing", you would either end up having taken 800 mg per day (your correct dose) or 1200 mg/day, depending on whether you actually missed one of your doses.

Hypothetically, you could compromise and take one xtra pill which would then give you either 600 mg/day or 1000mg/day, again depending on whether you actually missed the shot or not.

I ran into the same situation a couple of times and decided to just go ahead and double up the dose for fear of underdosing. In both cases, it was soon apparent that I had not missed the dose as I definitely felt a riba "rush" suggesting I had taken more than the usual daily amount, so be prepared for some sort of reaction if you take more riba than used to.

All said, the only one who can advise you what to do as far as missed (or perceived missed) doses is your doctor and my guess is that they will tell you to just let it go and be more careful next time maybe with one of those AM/PM boxes which I lost so many of I finally just gave up on that scheme :)

All the best,

-- Jim
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the dollar store in lake port has the expensive type pillboxes right now
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I missed my pm riba one time. I take 2 pills in the pm. So I took an extra one in the pm for the next 2 days. I REALLY felt the extra riba those 2 days. It made me very hyper & I was in a pissy mood those 2 evenings & had more trouble sleeping. I didn't like it at all, & really don't want that to happen again.
The days-of-the-week pillboxes are a very good tool to have. I refill it every week and it helps keep track of my schedule.
Every pharm sells them.

I don't know how I missed taking that pm dose that day, I guess I had a busy day that day  & Brian Fogg must have been sitting on my lap. I hate that guy. LOL

Any sightings on your orphaned hawk these days?
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Please don't take what I just posted as a medical advice recommendation, that's not what I intended it to be. I just meant that if it was an accidental thing..., so that you don't get all worried about overdosing yourself or anything of that nature.  On a one time basis, I don't think it would be an issue.  But, I'm not a doctor!!

Susan
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Get a pill box.   WHen they set me up and had the consult about how to give your self the shot, what to expect as sides etc they gave me a daily journal and a pillbox that snaps apart so if you travel you can hook certain days together and leave the others at home.  With the brain fog (my how it gets dense sometimes) the pill box is the only way I know if I have taken my pills or not.  I always take a good multi, Calcium and Vitamin C as well...plus my synthroid.

Have a wonderful weekend.
Pat
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I was on double dose of Ribavirin for about 7-1/2 mon. on my last treatment.  I didn't notice any more ill effects than just taking the regular dose.  It all had nasty side effects.  I don't think you'll be too-too badly harmed if you accidentally double dosed on a single day, if I did it all those months.  Just don't make it a habit unless your doctor was ordering you to double dose.

Susan
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The Pegasys good pack used to have a nice twice daily pill box which you could slip off an individual day to take with you.  It was even color coded with blue and clear, I don't remember which was AM or PM and don't really want to goo dig it out again.

I also had to replace it mid-way through tx when I tossed it against the wall during a riba-rage fit about not wanting to continue the tx because of how the lousy meds were getting to me, or perhaps it was how lousy the meds were making me feel, I think both actually.

At any rate, I found that it was difficult to find as convenient a replacement box and when I called Roche I found out they were no longer including them.  I took a bit of searching on the web, but I was able to find a nice sized twice daily box although it would break out individual days to take with me, but a few of the original container days did survive that I used in those cases when I needed to medicate while I was away from home.

I did find that more than once though the box saved me from missing or double dosing, which I surely would have been faced with in the height of my brain fog days.
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Please take the Calicum magnesium at night and the synthroid in the morning with a full glass of water. At least I hour before eating. You must not take Calcium and thyroid medication at the same time.
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Once I couldn't remember if I took my ribas or not so I counted out the pills in the bottle and that worked for me. But it was my first bottle. I don't think that would work now. And if they give you extra pills it would never work.
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