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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

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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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 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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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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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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Currently on victrelis (boceprevir) for hep c tx. How often are blood labs recommended?

Currently on victrelis (boceprevir) for hep c tx. How often are blood labs recommended?

Ask your Hepatologis: First of all, you should not be on victrelis (boceprevir) alone. It is given for only 12 weeks in addition to standard therapy with Ribavirin and interferon. Your hepatologist should discuss treatment duration, frequency of office visits as well as frequency of blood testing before you begin therapy. I suggest you contact your prescribing physician as soon as possible. ...Read more

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How many interferon for hepatitis b to be cured?

How many interferon for hepatitis b to be cured?

4-6 months: Interferon is generally given for 4-6 months. In some settings, longer therapy may be needed. Generally about a third of patients will respond to this medication. It's advantage is that it is short term treatment (compared to long term treatment with the other antiviral medicines). You should discuss this treatment option with an expert in hepatitis b infection. ...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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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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Is taleprevir better than boceprevir in the treatment of hepatitis C genotype 1?

Is taleprevir better than boceprevir in the treatment of hepatitis C genotype 1?

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

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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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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 there any medication available to treat hepatitis C virus?

Yes: There are standard therapies that have been used for many years and newer drugs which offer the promise of higher success rates with fewer side effects. ...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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Hbv DNA is 13160iu/ml. Hepatitis b surface antigen negative. Chronic hepatitis b take tenofo b for 3 month? hepatologist answer me. tell my condition?

Hbv DNA is 13160iu/ml. Hepatitis b surface antigen negative. Chronic hepatitis b take tenofo b for 3 month? hepatologist answer me. tell my condition?

Your condition: Needs more information and test to determine the stage of your chronic active hepatitus B. Viral load do not correlate with the stage of liver damage or fibrosis ...Read more

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What are relapse symptoms after triple therapy(ribavirin, peg-interferon, incivek) for hepatitis c? Very worried about relapsing at the moment!

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What are relapse symptoms after triple therapy(ribavirin, peg-interferon, incivek) for hepatitis c? Very worried about relapsing at the moment!

Hep c: Hep c is hard to treat and as you know, the treatment is hard to tolerate. Symptoms of relapse would include jaundice, but a better way is to just get a viral load checked with a blood test. That would tell you a lot more. ...Read more

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How likely is it that interferon and ribavirin will help cure hepatitis c?

Depends: That depends on which genotype of hcv you have. In general, it's easier to cure hepatitis c with a combination of interferon, ribavirin, and an hcv protease inhibitor than with interferon and Ribavirin alone. However, there are some hcv genotypes that have a high cure rate without the protease inhibitor. ...Read more

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Having post interferon side effects from hep c treatment over a year later! doctors don't see the correlation?

Having post interferon side effects from hep c treatment over a year later! doctors don't see the correlation?

Sure, but...: ...We're going to need a little more help from you. We can have your answer if you tell us what symptoms concern you, the location of your pain, its intensity, duration, timing (with meals, urination, stooling) ; accompanying issues like fever, tenderness, vomiting, bleeding, etc, ; circumstances (exposures, pregnant, stressed). Also, what tests have been done to exclude some possibilities? ...Read more

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What to do if I have hepatitis C and interferon did not work..?

What to do if I have hepatitis C and interferon did not work..?

Hep C Rx: Treatment options include: Direct antiviral agents (DAA's). DAA's are a group of different antiviral agents taken orally for a much shorter period of time than the other medications and will probably revolutionize the treatment of Hep C. Both new pills - Olysio (simeprevir) and Sovaldi (sofosbuvir) - work better than the current treatment for hepatitis C. They cure it more often & in less time ...Read more

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What are the side effects of treatment for hep c with interferon?

The major effect of: Interferon is the feeling of achiness and fever sort of like having a viral infection. Using the so-called pegylated interferon, the side effects are less. ...Read more

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Diagnosed with hep c and had interferon treatment in 2001.I became undetectable until 2012 it came back.2013 test says nonreactive.How?

False positive: The type of test employed may be the issue. False positive results can occur. The best test is quantitative viral titer. If you have truly remained viral negative for 10 years the chances of recurrence are almost nil. ...Read more

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Dose of Interferon alpha 2B for Hepatitis C patient?

Not set dose: There is no set dose for this. Defer to your treating physician. ...Read more

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How effective are interferon alfa-2b injections for treating hepatitis C?

Treating Hep C: There are quite a number of totally oral (pill) regimens for treating Hep C, such that interferon is hardly ever used anymore. Not sure who is trying to give that to you, but you may want to get a second opinion. Interferon can be rough treatment -alot of patients struggle with the side effects. Interferons are good antiviral medicines, but there's alot of alternatives these days for Hep C. See MD ...Read more

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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 will happen if my husband starts to drink heavily after interferon treatment for hep c?

Only bad things: This is incredibly high risk behavior. Your husband is begging for cirrhosis. Get him help if at all possible. ...Read more

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My hepatitis C is going untreated as I have already tried the pagasys and interferon. Almost killed me what can I try what will happen to me untreated?

Depends: Everybody who has hepatitis c needs to know their genotype (1, 2, 3, 4, 5 or 6) and whether ot not they have severe scarring of the liver (cirrhosis). If you have been treated with peg-interferon plus ribavirin, it is good to know how much the viral load went down on treatment. This info will help you see which new hcv treatments will benefit you and the likelihood of cure. ...Read more

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What is the new treatment for hep c and liver cirohsis if the patient is not the right candidate for interferon.

What is the new treatment for hep c and liver cirohsis if the patient is not the right candidate for interferon.

New medicines : Many newer medications in clinical trials have treated patients very successfully with interferon- free regimens treatment in clinical trials offers access to the medicines prior to general use, and several should be approved soon. Some are called proteases and nucleotides. Once they prove to work and not cause too many side effects, the fda will review and eventually approve for general use. ...Read more

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Im going through interferon and ribavirin treatment for hep c, can it weaken my immune system and make it easier for me to catch colds, etc?

Can: Any time you are on biologics such as interferon you place yoursef at risk so any time you get sick or bhave fevers seek medical opinion. ...Read more

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I am suffering with kidney failure and on capd. I am also suffering with HCV and i had 5 months interferon treatment, but no response of injections. Any other treatment?

I am suffering with kidney failure and on capd. I am also suffering with HCV and i had 5 months interferon treatment, but no response of injections. Any other treatment?

See below: Genotype 1 of hcv is very resistant to treatment. You cannot get Ribavirin as it cannot be used in dialysis patients. Assuming you got adequate dose of interferon and there is absolutely no response, there is no other treatment. If you had some response at least, then you may benefit from prolonged duration of treatment. ...Read more

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How successful is the treatment for hep c with peg interfuron?

Combination therapy: Peg-interferon is never used alone. It is combined with ribavirin, and often with one of the newer anti-hcv protease inhibitors. Cure rates are high when all 3 drugs are used, though 2 may be enough for people with some of the more treatable genotypes. ...Read more

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How does interferon work as a treatment for hepatitis?

Immune modulator: In the treatment of hepatitis C viral infection, interferon works as an immune modulator or immune stimulator, but must be used simultaneously with other drugs such as Ribavirin and telapravir (incivek (telaprevir)) or bocepravir (victrelis). Interferon used by itself has virtually no effect in hepatitis c. The addition of the direct-acting antivirals (incivek (telaprevir) and victrelis) has greatly improved the response. ...Read more

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What is the course of duration of peginterferon(interferon alfa2b) in the treatment of hepatitis b? Plz explain in detail.

Hepatitis B: Interferon Alfa 2b can be used for treatment of CHRONIC hepatitis B. It is not for acute Hepatitis B which often resolves spontaneously. The dose for chronic hep B is 10 mill units subcutaneous or IM shot 3times/week for 16 weeks, or 5 mill units daily for 16 wk. get with your doctor to see if you have the chronic form of hepatitis. Good luck! ...Read more

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Are there any new drugs for treatment of hepatitis c?

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 more

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Hepatitis (Definition)

Inflammation of the liver, which can be caused by many things, such as alcohol overuse, excess sugar consumption, viral infections, autoimmune disorders, certain medications, ...Read more


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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