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My husband had been off ribavirin/interferon for two weeks and after a couple days of reduced coughing he is now back to the chronic cough he had during treatment.  he did 16 weeks of treatment and then had to stop due to weight loss, coughing etc.  He showed no viral load at 8 weeks and 12 weeks.  Has anyone else experienced prolonged coughing after being off the drugs?  During treatment he coughed while up but the coughing would stop when he laid down.  Now the coughing starts at night while he sleeping too.  The coughing spells include a wheeze too.  Thanks
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547836 tn?1302832832
i'm 2 months post treatment and sometimes i feel like i have therapy induced acid reflux.  acid reflux might be a possibility, also maybe allergies and asthma?  
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717272 tn?1277590780
I develpoed some goofy allergy stuff after TX.  The riba cough lasted about a month after TX (easily controlled with hydrocodon cough syrup) but now I'm getting a dumb allergy cough when exposed to certain things.  I expect it to go away.  Go ahead and get it checked out.  Chest x-ray is a good idea to rule out anything weird that could develop from interferon use (sarcoidosis is not common but possible).
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568322 tn?1370165440
I agree.  The cough should be getting better, not worse.  Sounds like he needs a visit to the doctor and a chest X ray.

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683664 tn?1330966324
Sounds like you may need to check in with your physician, especially given the wheeze which has developed.  Without knowing more about your husband's health (chronic health conditions, smoker, etc), it is hard to say why he is still coughing, though the Riba does list cough as a side effect.

Keep in mind that Ribavirin has a long half-live, and it takes up to 6 months to completely eliminate all the drug from the body.  Even so, a worsening cough sounds like a reason to call the doc.  I have heard of others here who have developed bronchitis after finishing tx.

Best wishes, keep us posted.

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