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Hepatitis C Genotype 4 Treatment
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 statistical significance. Both are vastly better than interferon alone for genotype 1 hcv treatment. ...Read more
Hepatitis c virus (hcv or sometimes hvc) is a small (55–65 nm in size), enveloped, positive-sense single-stranded RNA virus of the family flaviviridae. The following are the types (genotypes): genotype 1a genotype 1b genotype 2a, 2b, 2c & 2d genotype 3a, 3b, 3c, 3d, 3e & 3f genotype 4a, 4b, 4c, 4d, 4e, 4f, 4g, 4h, 4i, 4j ...Read more
Hepatitis c virus (hcv or sometimes hvc) is a small (55–65 nm in size), enveloped, positive-sense single-stranded RNA virus of the family flaviviridae. The following are the types (genotypes):
genotype 2a, 2b, 2c & 2d
genotype 3a, 3b, 3c, 3d, 3e & 3f
genotype 4a, 4b, 4c, 4d, 4e, 4f, 4g, 4h, 4i, 4j
genotype 6a. ...Read more
I have high iron 327 fatty liver hepatitis C genotype 1 thyroid osteoporosis my liver is working fine what food I should avoid?
Healthjy diet will h: Fatty liver usually occurs when you are overweight. So you need to eat healthy and lose some weight (also begin daily exercise). You should adopt reduced fats in your diet and reduce refined carbohydrates like sugar and starches. Avoid animal fats and switch to a plant based, low caloric diet with ample portions of veggies and fruits in your diet. ...Read more
I have hepatitis C genotype 1 osteoporosis thyroid high iron fatty liver can I take reclast (zoledronic acid) infusion?
You can: To my knowledge, there is no reports of injury to liver with this medication. Chronic liver disease, especially cirrhosis can cause osteoporosis, so it should be treated. I would also recommend to see specialist to treat your hepatitis c, since there are new medications, hopefully get approved end of this year. These are highly effective (>90% cure rate). ...Read more
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 more
Please clarify: There are no medications for HCV administered IV... do you mean interferon, administered under the skin? ...Read more
Yes: All the major pharmaceutical companies that make medications to cure hepatitis c have programs that will provide free medication if you meet income requirements. Talk to you doctor about these programs and how to pay for lab tests to make sure that you are responding and are not being hurt by the medications. ...Read more
Exposed/infected: The elisa detects antibodies made by the body against hepatitis c. About 25% of people will spontaneously clear the hepatitis c infection. So the RNA pcr test looks for the actual hepatitis c virus, which is found in everyone who has active infection. These are the people who are infectious, can have liver damage, and may need treatment. ...Read more
How much time is required for the antibodies to leave your system after you received the treatment for hepatitis c?
Most likely never: If you received treatment for hepatitis c, which lasts for many months, and complete it, the most important thing to measure is the viral titer. This will determine if your treatment was successful or not. Antibodies are your bodies reaction to the infection, and may persist for a lifetime. ...Read more
I'm 50yrs old. Hav had hep c for many yrs. No treatment yet. Heard about new treatment that came out. My genotype is 2. What are my options?
Coming soon: One of the best websites to follow breaking news on hepatitis c drug development is natap. Org. You will see that we expect a regimen that is two different pills taken for 12 weeks to be approved by the end of this year for genotype 2 hcv. Anything can happen in drug development but watch for gilead filing their drug application with fda and conference news. ...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
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
Not much these days!: With the oral-only combinations the list of side effects is pleasantly short, compared to the interferon days. anemia, N/V, headaches, taste disturbances, sun sensitivity - but most are quite tolerable. You will be followed quite closely though with q2-4 w bloodwork and some centers only dispense one week of medications at a time (given $$$cost). ...Read more
Many: Hepatitis c treatment has come a long way and the new medications are much more effective at curing the disease. There is pegylated interferon and Ribavirin (pr) as the standard medication. New meds like telaprevir and bocepravir have been added to (pr). In ~ 1 year, new meds are coming that are interferon free. Talk to your hepatologist regarding which treatment is best for you. ...Read more
Boomers: Your question seems to be either straight forward, or egging-on an argument. What would be the purpose of your question? ...Read more
Yes: It's important because it helps guide therapy. Some of the newer drugs only treat certain genotypes, and some types are easier to treat with fewer drugs. The genotype helps guide the choice of drugs. ...Read more
Numbers and type: Viral load refers to how many viral molecules can be detected in the blood. It gives an idea about how active the virus is and can be used to monitor response to therapy. Genotype refers to a test that can identify subtypes of hep c. Certain genotypes are more likely to respond to a given therapy, so this information can be useful in deciding in what treatment, if any, would be best. ...Read more
Not specificly: Roughly 5% of infants born to hep c mothers will acquire the infection. The mothers igg antibody to hep c that would indicate prior infection will persist up to 18 months in baby so a + test would not be specific for baby prior to 18 mo. There is a specific test for hep c RNA that can be preformed at 1-2 mo. That would be specific for the baby. See red book, 28ed 2009.P358-360. ...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 could a patient with hepatitis C virus live without any medical treatment but eating recommended food?
A long time: From my perspective, most people with hcv die with it, not of it. Not everyone benefits from therapy and many probably do not need therapy at all. ...Read more
Hello I am goin for treatment for hepatitis C in 10 mins and just wanna no what treatment they give you for it and have I got to have liver scan?
Ask your physician: While the drug Sovaldi has received a great deal of publicity recently, that and other drugs, often used in combination, are used to treat hepatitis C. What tests are required depends upon the information known to your doctor and your current physical findings and lab tests ...Read more
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