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Hepatitis C Medication
For hepatitis C what medication do you prescribe? What should be diet plan? And what i need to do to get rid of this?
Its tough: Hepatitis c is a virus and viruses are difficult to kill. There is a 10-15% chance that your body will kill the virus by itself and you will then have lifelong immunity to it. Otherwise it is likely that you will have the virus for life. As for diet: you will want to avoid things that can be toxic to you liver like alcohol and acetaminophen. You will need to see a doctor for specific treatmen. ...Read more
No: Hepatitis c is a viral infection that is spread by blood to blood contact such as sharing needles or from blood transfusions before they were screened for hep c. There is mounting evidence that hep c is also spread by sexual contact. Taking pain medications has nothing to do with hepatitis c spread. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is there a new cure for hepatitis C I got diagnosed 2 years ago I'm only 22? If so can I take depression medication with it and aniexty medication?
Many new meds: There are many new medications for hep C coming down the road but not all of them are approved for use yet and if they are, not in all populations. You should consult an adult infectious disease doctor or a hepatologist who will know more about the latest research as it pertains to your case. ...Read more
Good day, is it okay for my husband to take a medication for anti malaria? Under his condition lately he was diagnose of chronic hepatitis c...
Need vs safety: Sorry to hear of his hepc diagnosis, but this may not cause much trouble at all (should be followed by doc). If he also has malaria, which needs to be treated. If his hepc is not significantly affecting his liver at this point, antimalarial treatment should be fine. It ALS depends on what medicine, dosage, and duration as well. It is best to consult his doc who knows his health status. Good luck. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
While going threw treatment for hepatitis C is it common for some people to get prescribed antidepressants snd aniexty medication because of sieffects?
2 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
Yes: In short, yes you can get hepatitis C from "snorting drugs" and from using intravenous drugs. This is the most common cause of contracting hepatitis C. The good news is that now a days, we can cure hepatitis C over 90% of the time compared to medications in the past. See a hepatologist for discussion regarding the new therapies. ...Read more
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
Peginfr/riba/protinh: The new standard of care for untreated hep c, and for relapse, or failed rx in the past is a combination of pegylated interferon (longer acting than regular/better tolefrance too), ribavirin, and one of two new ly approved drugs, both protease inhibitors (antiviral), telapravir and bocepravir. Different rx schedules. Both have improved success rates. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Reading the news on cnn and i saw they got a cure for hepatitis C I have hepatitis C is this true ? Its a new drug they said ?
Yes: We've been able to cure hepatitis c for several years now, but the treatments were difficult. Two new drugs approved in the last month make it much easier. However, each must currently be taken with interferon, so at best, you have to put up with interferon side effects for 3 months. In the fall of 2014, we may have regimens that don't require interferon. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Yes: Yes, although if there is significant liver damage, the Bumex doesn't work as well. ...Read more
I have a brother who has cirrohsis , hepatitis C and just got pneumonia he is a drug IV user and drinks and smokes is this very bad?
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