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Doctor insights on: Hepatitis C Interferon Treatment

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Is hep c curable?

Is hep c curable?

Yes: There are multiple newer medications available to treat C. now, which can cure the disease. They are generally oral medications, taken for 8 to 24 weeks, and have greater than 90% success rate in curing the disease. They have very few side effects, although they are very expensive. If you have risk factors, be sure to get tested. Good luck! ...Read more

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Interferon (Definition)

Interferons are a diverse group of proteins that belong to a class of glycoproteins known as cytokines. Interferons were first discovered for their ability to block viral replication within host cells. They also have been found to activate immune cells for many disease processes. There are several classes of interferons, types i, ii and iii, depending on ...Read more


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What treatments for hepatitis C and hepatitis b?

What treatments for hepatitis C and hepatitis b?

Complicated: New and more effective treatments available. Oral meds for hep b; currently oral meds plus interferon injection for hep c. Complicated details depending on genotype, viral load, level of liver tests, markers, liver biopsy findings. Talk with your doc. ...Read more

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Will lamivudine cure hepatitis b completely?

Will lamivudine cure hepatitis b completely?

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 body is unable to buld a strong immune responde against it and when the disease endangeres your liver function. Basically the drug slows down viral replication. So there is a chance it may lead to a complete halt of viral replication ...Read more

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Is there a treatment for hep virus c cirrhosis?

Is there a treatment for hep virus c cirrhosis?

Yes: The full answer is yes and no. The treatment depends on multifactos including type of hepatitis c, stage of cirrhosis. Treatment option varies. It could be from medication alone or transplant in selected cases. ...Read more

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Can sovaldi and Ribavirin cure hep c???

Yes: It can...but better still Harvoni has a 96% cure rate with 8-12 weeks of treatment with minimal side effects. ...Read more

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Is hep b infection treatable?

Is hep b infection treatable?

Yes: There are a number of good drugs that treat hepatitis b. They are used for chronic hepatitis, not acute hepatitis. ...Read more

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Can pegintron and ribavirin tx for hep c cause neurological tics?

Yes: Interferon can cause neurotoxicity. If you have new neurological symptoms, you should notify you doctor immediately for evaluation. ...Read more

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HBV test results: Hepatitis B Surface Antigen: Nonreactive; Hepatitis B Core Antibodies: Reactive; HBV PCR: Negative. Need any medication or vaccine?

Excellent question: and your story stumps many a doctor, often! :) a lot of the recommendations depend on - are you someone with risk factors for HBV? is this the first time that it has been checked? are your liver enzymes normal? are you about to undergo any procedures/ treatments that could put you at risk for HBV? If you have no sig risk factors, yes, I'd vaccinate you if there's potential for exposure. ...Read more

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Acute hep vs hep c positive: which one is worse?

Dead friend is worse: Death is generally considered worse than no death. There are effective therapies for chronic hep c available today. ...Read more

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Hepatitis c (HCV) antibody is reactive. The hepatitis C Recombinant Immunoblat Assay(riba) confirmation test is non reactive.Is antibody false positiv

Hepatitis c (HCV) antibody is reactive. The hepatitis C Recombinant Immunoblat Assay(riba) confirmation test is non reactive.Is antibody false positiv

Well : A positive hepatitis C antibody test with a negative or in a test usually is not a false positive that usually means someone had hepatitis C infection and their body cleared the infection and they are now immune to hepatitis C. Do a Healthtap visit or see a primary care physician for specific diagnosis ...Read more

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Could a chronic hepatitis B inactive carrier clear hepatitis B infection?

Could a chronic hepatitis B inactive carrier clear hepatitis B infection?

Yes.: It is possible. The rate of clearance is low - maybe 1% per year or so. The diagnosis of the inactive carrier state and clearance can both be tricky so be sure you are speaking with someone knowledgeable about Chronic Hep B. ...Read more

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Will hepatitis C cause immunodeficiency?

Will hepatitis C cause immunodeficiency?

Immune deficiency: If you are asking whether this acts like hiv, the answer is no. Patients who have developed severe liver disease from hep c may be more prone to some forms of infection and secondary malignancy, but not aware of a specific immune function which is inhibited by this virus. ...Read more

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Is hepatitis C contagious upon contact?

Is hepatitis C contagious upon contact?

Blood borne: Hep c is usually transmitted through blood and body fluid exchange, including sex. It is not transmitted through casual contact like shaking hands. ...Read more

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Can chronic hepatitis B inactive carrier clear hepatitis infection ?

Can chronic hepatitis B inactive carrier clear hepatitis infection ?

Possible: For reasons that we do not yet understand a small percentage of hepatitis B carriers do clear the infection. Unless it is cleared hepatitis B carriers can transmit infection through sexual activity and blood exchange. ...Read more

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How effective are interferon alfacon-1 injections for treating hepatitis C?

How effective are interferon alfacon-1 injections for treating hepatitis C?

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 30% to 75% at best. There are now newer medications called Direct Acting Antivirals which are much more effective and have fewer side effects than the interferon medications. ...Read more

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What is the difference between hepatitis C viral load and hepetitis c genotype?

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

Dr. Robert Rahimi
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Hep C (Definition)

A viral infection that effects the liver that can result in chronic disease, liver failure, and ...Read more


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Hepatitis C (Definition)

An infection caused by a virus that attacks the liver ...Read more