NCI Drug Dictionary

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The NCI Drug Dictionary contains technical definitions and synonyms for drugs/agents used to treat patients with cancer or conditions related to cancer. Each drug entry includes links to check for clinical trials listed in NCI's List of Cancer Clinical Trials.

ribavirin
A synthetic nucleoside analogue of ribofuranosyl with antiviral activity. Ribavirin incorporates into viral nucleic acid, inhibits viral ribonucleic acid (RNA) synthesis, induces viral genome mutations, and inhibits normal viral replication. Ribavirin shows activity against a variety of RNA viruses, especially hepatitis C virus. Check for active clinical trials or closed clinical trials using this agent. (NCI Thesaurus)
Synonym:Viramide
US brand names:Rebetol
Virazid
Virazole
Abbreviations:RIBA
RTCA
Code name:ICN-1229
Chemical structures:1-beta-D-ribofuranosyl-1,2,4-triazolo-3-carboxamide
1-beta-D-ribofuranosyl-1H-1,2,4-triazole-3-carboxamide