Ribavirin is an antiviral compound primarily used to treat hepatitis C.
|Mechanism of Action||Ribavirn is a guanosine analog with a carboxamide group which can mimic the purine nucleosides, guanosine and adenosine. Because of its similarity to these two nucleosides, ribavirn can become incorporated into viral RNA leading to lethal mutations.|
|Spectrum||Ribavirn is active against hepatitis C and RNA viruses that cause viral hemorrhagic fevers (VHFs).|
|References||Te, Helen S. "Mechanism of Action of Ribavirin in the Treatment of Chronic Hepatitis C." Gastroenterol Hepatol 3.3 (2007): 218-25. NCBI. Web. 21 Sept. 2015.|