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Dr. Ronald Krauser
51 years experience in Rheumatology
Only bad things: This is incredibly high risk behavior. Your husband is begging for cirrhosis. Get him help if at all possible.

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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Hicks
42 years experience in Family Medicine
Can: Any time you are on biologics such as interferon you place yoursef at risk so any time you get sick or bhave fevers seek medical opinion.
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A 68-year-old male asked:
Dr. Victor Yang
36 years experience in Gastroenterology
False positive: The type of test employed may be the issue. False positive results can occur. The best test is quantitative viral titer. If you have truly remained vi ... Read More
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A 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joel Gallant
35 years experience in Infectious Disease
Combination therapy: Peg-interferon is never used alone. It is combined with ribavirin, and often with one of the newer anti-hcv protease inhibitors. Cure rates are high ... Read More
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Dr. Laura Anissian
20 years experience in Internal Medicine
Not set dose: There is no set dose for this. Defer to your treating physician.
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. ASHRAF MALEK
Specializes in Internal Medicine
Yes: There is treatment for hepatitis c virus related cirrhosis. With the advent of two new medications, the success rate has significantly improved with c ... Read More
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A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Arthur Heller
42 years experience in Gastroenterology
Complicated: New and more effective treatments available. Oral meds for hep b; currently oral meds plus interferon injection for hep c. Complicated details depend ... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lewis Mufson
53 years experience in Gastroenterology
Viral hepatitis: It means a liver infected with a specifixc virus called cytomegalovirus.
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A 63-year-old male asked:
Dr. Sidney Vinson
26 years experience in Gastroenterology
Perhaps: Nerve damage or neuropathy would be common. I suppose a tic could occur but much less likely to be related. Lots of other meds can cause tics such as ... Read More
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A 63-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Edmison
18 years experience in Gastroenterology
Ask your Hepatologis: First of all, you should not be on victrelis (boceprevir) alone. It is given for only 12 weeks in addition to standard therapy with Ribavirin and int ... Read More
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Ein
47 years experience in Infectious Disease
Yes: Newly developed treatments are allowing hepatitis c infections to be cured in an increasing percentage of cases with combination therapy. The need fo ... Read More
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A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Saptarshi Bandyopadhyay
20 years experience in Hospital-based practice
New medication, TTYD: According to Gilead (maker of Solvadi), in their POSITRON trial, 61% of all pts with Type 3 HepC had a sustained virologic response (SVR) (lower Hep C ... Read More
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A 52-year-old female asked:
Dr. Tri Huynh
Dr. Tri Huynh answered
16 years experience in Gastroenterology
Hep C/RA: Treating chronic hepatitis c infection is a complex process. Specialists would need to know the genotype (to determine duration of treatment, 24 vs 4 ... Read More
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A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Grindstaff
37 years experience in Addiction Medicine
Marijuana: No smoking marijuana would have no effect on these drugs nor your Hep C
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A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Anne Larson
33 years experience in Hepatology
4-6 months: Interferon is generally given for 4-6 months. In some settings, longer therapy may be needed. Generally about a third of patients will respond to t ... Read More
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A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Jessica Allan
22 years experience in Internal Medicine
Yes: For patients with genotype 2 or 3. Sofosbuvir is the first FDA approved all oral therapy for Hepatitis C. Contact your doctor and insurance carrier to ... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Anne Larson
33 years experience in Hepatology
Not Very: The interferons are not very effective for treatment hepatitis C. Depending on the type (genotype) of hepatitis C, the cure rate ranges from about 3 ... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience in Psychiatry
Rebetol (ribavirin): Rebetol (ribavirin) is beneficial in the treatment of hepatitis C & is used together with an interferon medication.
A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ronald Krauser
51 years experience in Rheumatology
Dead friend is worse: Death is generally considered worse than no death. There are effective therapies for chronic hep c available today.
A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Tony Ho
Dr. Tony Ho answered
13 years experience in Infectious Disease
Hard to say: There are no head to head studies; an look at relative ratios suggests that telapravir may be somewhat more efficacious, but it did not meet statistic ... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Wehbeh Wehbeh
29 years experience in Infectious Disease
Effective: There is better treatment nowadays with lamivudine or better tenofovir
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Valentin Drezaliu
19 years experience in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Possible yes: Natural history of hepatitis b leads to strong immunity against disease without treatment, Lamivudine is used for hepatitis b that is chronic( your bo ... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Camilla Graham
26 years experience in Infectious Disease
Several steps: If somebody has cirrhosis from hepatitis c, it is critical to be seen by a health provider who has experience in hcv and liver care. It is still curab ... Read More
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