Copegus Indication:

For the treatment of chronic hepatitis C and for respiratory syncytial virus (RSV).

Copegus Mechanism Of Action:

Copegus is readily phosphorylated intracellularly by adenosine kinase to ribavirin mono-, di-, and triphosphate metabolites. Copegus triphosphate (RTP) is a potent competitive inhibitor of inosine monophosphate (IMP) dehydrogenase, viral RNA polymerase and messenger RNA (mRNA) guanylyltransferase (viral). Guanylyltranserase inhibition stops the capping of mRNA. These diverse effects result in a marked reduction of intracellular guanosine triphosphate (GTP) pools and inhibition of viral RNA and protein synthesis. Copegus is also incorporated into the viral genome causing lethal mutagenesis and a subsequent decrease in specific viral infectivity.

Copegus Drug Interactions:

Not Available

Copegus Food Interactions:

Not Available

Copegus Generic Name:


  • RBV
  • Ribavirin Triphosphate
  • Ribavirina [Inn-Spanish]
  • Ribavirine [Inn-French]
  • Ribavirinum [Inn-Latin]

Drug Type:

Small Molecule; Approved


Rapidly and extensively absorbed following oral administration. However, due to first-pass metabolism, the absolute bioavailability averages 64%.

Toxicity (Overdose):

Side effects include "flu-like" symptoms, such as headache, fatigue, myalgia, and fever. The LD50 in mice is 2 g/kg orally and is associated with hypoactivity and gastrointestinal symptoms (estimated human equivalent dose of 0.17 g/kg, based on body surface area conversion).

Protein Binding:

Not Available


Hepatic. Results of in vitro studies using both human and rat liver microsome preparations indicated little or no cytochrome P450 enzyme-mediated metabolism of ribavirin, with minimal potential for P450 enzyme-based drug interactions. Ribavirin has two pathways of metabolism: (1) a reversible phosphorylation pathway in nucleated cells; and (2) a degradative pathway involving deribosylation and amide hydrolysis to yield a triazole carboxylic acid metabolite.

Half Life:

9.5 hours

Dosage Forms of Copegus:

Aerosol Respiratory (inhalation)

Chemical IUPAC Name:


Organisms Affected:

Hepatitis C virus, RSV and other RNA/DNA viruses

Copegus to general, pharmacology

General, pharmacology..
Anti Viral