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Hepatitis C And Xanax
Depends: Depends on the dose of Xanax and the condition of your liver. There is not a problem taking Xanax if you have Hepatitis C as long as liver tests are ok, but I would limit to low doses. You definitely should not drink alcohol, and try to avoid Tylenol (acetaminophen). I hope you have stopped your IV drug use, this is dangerous in many ways. Good luck! ...Read more
Alprazolam is a short acting benzodiazepine, it does not last long in the system. So when used regularly with multiple doses to treat anxiety, it is associated with inter-dose withdrawal, tolerance and a resulting increase level of baseline anxiety. So in anxiety clinics, we use it only in cases of " flight, dentist or other infrequent anxieties, ...Read more
Cirrhosis: If u have to & if prescribed, down to 1/3 of the dose is advised. ...Read more
Testing first: OK. Firstly there's a couple things we need to know. There are several genotypes to hepatitis C...we need to know which you have. Second check a viral load. Third, liver function tests, AFP, CEA and GGT. A Hep C Fibrosure will indicate if there is liver fibrosis. There is a new med just out called Harvoni. Before this. Treatment was with interferon and ribaviron. ...Read more
Several new meds: There's a lot of excitement surrounding several new medications for hep c genotype i. The most exciting is solvaldi (sobosbuvir) in combination with ledipasvir. Its not yet fda approved but we anticipate it being marketed within the next 12 months. Its a once daily tablet. The cure rate is 90% plus. This is an interferon free regimen. This will revolutionize the treatment for hep c. ...Read more
Test for Hep C: I'm not sure what you meant by taking chances. That aside, if a healthy person is exposed to hepatitis c and becomes infected with it, blood tests can often detect the new infection within 2 to 4 weeks following the exposure (hepatitis c RNA and liver enzymes). If a new infection is detected early, with current drug treatment, the chance of cure from hepatitis c is well over 90%. ...Read more
Two new drugs: Within the last few month, 2 new drugs have come out that are in pill forms and FDA approved (without interferon injections) that cure hepatitis C in > 95% of patients. Talk to your liver doctor who can help determine if Harvoni or Viekira Pak is right for you, based on your medication insurance coverage. There are other medications out there depending on the strain of virus you have. ...Read more
NO: Hepatitis C is an RNA virus circulating in your bloodstream and causes inflammation of the liver. Although washing your hands is great for killing bacteria, it doesn't kill the hepatitis C virus (HCV). HCV is contracted by way of the blood stream (i.e. IV drugs and sharing needles, blood transfusions before the early 1990's, tattoos and even sexually, etc). We can cure hepatitis C > 90% now. ...Read more
Interferon Ribivarin: Treatments consists of a combination of pegylated interferon Alpha and the antiviral drug Ribavirin for a period of 24 or 48 weeks, depending on hcv genotype. When combined with ribavirin, pegylated interferon-alpha-2a may be superior to pegylated interferon-alpha-2b, though the evidence is not strong. ...Read more
It is not contraindicated, but if you have severe/active disease, probably no doc will prescribe it for you. So, if you have hep c, but not active and no evidence of liver disease yet, it should be ok.
This med is now most commonly prescribed by dermatologist...I doubt yur family doc will...As it is a pretty involved process for the doc prescribing and patient recieving it...
Good luck... ...Read more