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I Was Told That I Have Hep C Is There A Cure Pr Treatment Available
I was told that I can't be treated for hep c because the specific treatment is not covered by the government! Who do I contact to advocate for myself?
Research internet: Start with Canadian Liver Foundation and CATIE. They should be able to direct you to the right place. One of my patients US kept contacting the manufacturer of the Hepatitis C drugs and was able to get into a trial and received rx for free. Of course there are many details like which genotype you have, eligibility for drug. Do not give up. ...Read more
I had hep c. I'm now cured but my skin has been really itchy after treatment. My cure date was over 2 years ago. Why am i still so itchy?
Bar soap vaseline: Stop using liquid soaps as they are removing all your natural barriers. Mild bar soap like dove or aveeno (oatmeal) bars are best. Antibacterial soaps are bad and pre-select resistant bacteria. No lotions only pure vaseline massaged sparingly. Lotions evoporate and dry you out. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I have hep c and would like in laymans terms signs and symptoms of liver failure i was told that I have hep c about a year or so ago and i would like to know signs physically when things are getting bad. I have not had any treatments at this time. My medi
There are several.: Most patients with hep c (hcv) don't develop liver failure. Liver failure develops only after patients have developed cirrhosis. Signs of liver failure are often first seen in the blood (low albumin, elevated inr). Fluid in the abdomen (ascites), confusion (encephalopathy) are also signs of a failing liver. Jaundice (yellow) is not necessarily a sign of failure. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Recently cured from Hep C. Had mildly elevated liver enzymes and no liver damage. Have to take Acutane (exhausted treatments) for Severe Acne. Can I?
I say yes: Your prescribing detmatologist will need to make the determination that the need for preventing the grave consequences of your acne (barrier to employment, mutilation) outweighs the theoretical, minimal danger of actual liver injury. As a pathologist, I saw the call is easy if your liver is now otherwise healthy. ...Read more
I have hep C 1a and have had it for t least 6 years but have not started treatment yet, the doc keeps holding off . When should I start treatment?
AASLD/IDSA guideline: Reference: www.hcvguidelines.org/full-report/initial-treatment-hcv-infection-patients-starting-treatment. A number of factors are considered in what therapy & when to start based on interferon-eligibility, fibrosis score, insurance coverage (some treatment regimens exceed $170,000 for a 12-week supply). Fear-not, since lots more Rx options are on the way in the coming months. ...Read more
New meds - see doc: Depends on what treatment didnt work and what genotype you have. If you had treatment years ago with just interferon or combination of interferon and ribavirin, you may be eligible for triple therapy with a newer medication (telepravir or bocepravir) in combination with the other 2. This wold be based on genotype 1 disease. There are newer meds in clincal trial that will hopefully be avail soon. ...Read more
Cirrhosis is late : Cirrhosis is a late and gradual (as well as progressive) complication of hepatitis. Think of cirrhosis as scarring resulting from ongoing liver damage. The earlier a person starts treatment, the more successful it will be to limit damage to the liver. However the decision to treat is based on disease activity and tolerating medication side effects. So treatment options have to be individualized ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Hepatitis C: This is unlikely if a full course of therapy has successfully eliminated evidence of this virus. You may however become reinfected, the test may not have detected a minimal residual virus presence, or there may have been a lab error. In any event, being rechecked is always a beneficial idea. ...Read more
90% - for type 1: Early studies claim a >90% cure rate for HepatitisC genotype 1. As with all studies and new drugs, time will tell as more and more studies will come out in the near future. ...Read more
How is inactive?: You can take the 12 week treatment but have your gi doctor recommend which you should do There is certain criteria to take less and it will include viral load. I am not sure what you mean by inactive vs low levels / You will also need a liver biopsy to see how you are doing first. Best wishes. ...Read more
My body temperature is 98.0 f is that ok im on hep-c treatment and was woundering if my temperature is ok being low
Hello. : Hello. Yes, that is still within a normal range. ...Read more
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
What are the contraindications of hep c treatment if I have RA and taking enbrel (etanercept)? Debating treatment for hep c
Hep C/RA: Treating chronic hepatitis c infection is a complex process. Specialists would need to know the genotype (to determine duration of treatment, 24 vs 48 weeks and the agents to use). Standard of treatment involved 2 drugs (pegasys (peginterferon alfa 2a) and ribavirin). However, with genotype 1, third agent will increase chance of success. Many side effects. New agents are coming out. You should discuss with your gi. ...Read more
Great Options: Recommend confirming hep c RNA and genotype in the blood. This will help the hepatologist determine treatment options including pegylayed interferon, Ribavirin and/or telaprevir or boceprevir. There are many molecules to treat this disease in development which may be available in a clinical trial. Cure rates have continued to greatly improve ...... ...Read more
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