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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
Hepatitis c is a virus that replicates (makes copies of itself) in the human liver. People can be infected by exposure to even very small amounts of blood. Over 20 to 40 years it can cause scarring of the liver, and severe scarring is called cirrhosis. People can be tested for exposure with an antibody test. If that is positive, they need a test for the virus itself ...Read more
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?
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 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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I have hep c, genotype 1 and take enbrel for my ra. Is the chance of worsening RA symptoms the only reason not to use peg-interferon treatment?
What do you suggest if my hep c count is in the millions am I to far gone for interferon to help me?
Rx of Hep C : First, let's get one thing straight: There are ALWAYS treatment/management options, so banish. the fatalistic 'too far gone' mindset. Youre going to need all the courage and optimism and focus you can muster to cooperate with your internist/hepatologist to fight this problem. And no, I think there are situations were even with your viral load some meds, including interferon, can be helpful. ...Read more
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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