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Ribavirin is the spawn of the devil…

…and yesterday evening I took my last two, seven days after my last shot.
Dear Ribavirin,

You’re a clever Old Scratch, you know that.  You hide out in the background, letting Interferon get all the grief and bad press for making treatment such a pain, but you yourself are the one who brings on the most of it.  Yeah, you.  

While the INF made me quite tired for a few days after each shot, and I did have that icky metallic taste in my mouth, those were nothing compared to your contribution to the whole affair.  I didn’t really even mind the Neupogen shots I took for half of treatment because the INF crashed my neutrophils.  No, you’re the undisputed Champ of Sides.  

After only  a couple of weeks of our association, I could thank you for that nice dry cough that I had for five months, and for being completely dehydrated throughout.  My sinuses were clogged with thick snot and a post-nasal smudge that just wouldn’t quit.  I still feel a kind of crawly creepiness over all of me that scratching can’t begin to quell.

I lost about half of my hair and about a third of my hematocrit.  Delightful.  I’ve been out of breath like a wheezing old geezer, after starting treatment as a weight lifter and race walker.  

Oh, did I mention the sour stomach and indigestion?  Those antacid moments are so precious, and having to forego the spicier cuisine that I (once) enjoyed.  Swell.   Thanks also for the insomnia that made me irritable and a bear to live with.  Grrrr.

How about that rash, there, Beelzebub?  After about six or seven weeks my forearms broke out in an itchy plague of Old Testament proportions.  I would have preferred a swarm of locusts consuming me, one bite at a time.  My doc eventually got me a Rx ointment for it that kept it down, but only after enduring a few weeks of wanting to gouge out my eyes and just quit the whole thing.  I still get a hot spot here and there on my arm or back, but I guess I foiled you overall.  Nyah.  I still can’t go out into sunshine, yet, though.  UV makes it pop out again.  

So, there you go, Snakeface.  It’s been something less than a pleasure, but I suppose I should be grateful.  Isn’t that ironic.  You let INF take the heat, but without you pushing him from behind, he’s just second rate and an underperformer.  Thanks a lump, I guess.  

Regards, and please go away,



Thought you’d also like to know, Bastardo, my nurse called me later yesterday evening.  My 24th week PCR from Wednesday had just come in to her email from the lab.  Like weeks 4 and 12, my sample was undetected.  How about that?  I’m done.  You’re a bad dream.  
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1477811 tn?1321390053
I'm laughing too hard to write!! Well put!! Riba is evil and vile and I can't wait until May 19th when I take my last three pills. Some sort of ceremony will need to take place. Maybe I'll ceremoniously flush the remaining pills down the toilet.

Thanks for making my day.
87972 tn?1322664839
Member ‘Meakea’ had similar feelings after she completed her treatment; she got closure by having a little bonfire :o)


Congratulations, Fnzol; if the opportunity arises let us know how you do six months from now. Time to heal; I hope you do so swiftly and painlessly.

Take care-

1477811 tn?1321390053
Oh and of course, a big CONGRATULATIONS. Welcome back to your life!

374652 tn?1494815035
Ha, for some strange reason its a relief to read your symptoms cuz mine are the same....its a double edged sword for sure
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Congratulations and best of luck. Hopefully you'll be reporting your svr before long.
1280753 tn?1367761532
Fnzol, if I may:

Dear Ribavirin,

I would also like you to know that whatever command you have on Fnzol, you also have on me. As I experience the same life-altering side effects previously mentioned; but I'm sure you're aware that already and rejoice in its comfort. Your "Satan-like" grasp has reached into the very core of my being, like a vulture, whose wings are dull realities. It is more than probable that I am not understood. But I fear, indeed, that it is in no manner possible to convey to the mind of the non-treating, an adequate idea of that nervous intensity and apprehension with which, in my case, I experience twice daily, when I consume my ration.

Your presence is daunting and we know of their effects to be a source of disparaging discomfort. Yet the conundrum in experiencing your distasteful remedy, is removing you from the prescribed delivery method; "Press and hold 2, while pulling on 1 to remove the required dose"; RIBASPHERE- "Ribasphere may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide".  That's it, isn't it? You desire a dominance over me that can only be repudiated by wielding a kitchen knife and stabbing the number"1", to make it easier to grasp. Upon pushing on the number "2", and holding it in, I find that you won't give up your bounty so easy, so I rip you from your package, only to pop you out and consume you.

Ribavirin, how I hate you, and yet I love you.....

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