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Are There Any New Drugs For Treatment Of Hepatitis C
Yeah! 2 new ones: 2 new drugs, protease inhibitor-type drugs approved. Added to the standard interferon/ribavirin rx. Different dose schedules. Big help in improving response rates, even in prior relapsers and nonresponders to rx; might decrease duration of rx. More in the drug research pipeline. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Hepatitis c is a virus that replicates (makes copies of itself) in the human liver. People can be infected by exposure to even very small amounts of blood. Over 20 to 40 years it can cause scarring of the liver, and severe scarring is called cirrhosis. People can be tested for exposure with an antibody test. If that is positive, they need a test for the virus itself ...Read more
If a person suffer from hepatitis C and hold his treatment , could he restart treatment with the new drug Sovaldi ?
HEPATITIS C OPTIONS : Hepatitis C is very tricky disease that can be quiet for years then flare sometimes randomly. You need a through GI doctor who is a liver specialist to go over options. You need close monitoring of labs/abdominal us and periodic liver biopsy. Then discuss it he best option for you. ...Read more
How long can one line with chronic hepatitis C ? I'm washing on the new treatment diagnosed in 2012 stage 1 little scarring?
A few years: Your age and liver biopsy from 2012 suggest that you have early disease. If your SGOT/SGPT and viral load are not excessively high, then progression will be measured in years. The new treatments for HCV are oral, do not use interferon and much more effective. Many new options will be released in 2015 or 2016, so waiting until then should be safe for you, but keep under the watch of your doctor. ...Read more
What are the new treatments for hepatitis C ? terrified of treatment I cannot do the shot because of seizures and depression is the new shot free?
DAA for HCV: The side effects you are concern about relate to interferon. New direct acting antiviral agents target specific enzymes in the hepatitis C virus that inhibit replication of virus. This year, there are several new agents that have been or will be FDA approved and will be given orally in combination with one another, with very high rates of cure with fairly short courses. Cost will be an issue. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
"if you are a candidate for one of the new treatments to try to eliminate hepatitis c, please consider trying." how do I know if i m candidate?
Need to see a doctor: That's an excellent question. There are many factors that go into determining whether or not you're candidate for the newer treatments for hcv- the "genotype", other illnesses you may have, ability to follow through with taking medications, and others. Therefore, it's important for you to discuss these points with your doctor. ...Read more
Very easy.: These days, hepatitis C treatment has been revolutionized. The newer treatments often involves one pill per day, have very few side effects, and have a very high cure rate! They are expensive, but are usually covered by insurance. It is certainly worth looking into, given the long-term prognosis of untreated hepatitis C. Good luck. ...Read more
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