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

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

Dr. Camilla Graham
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Hepatitis C (Definition)

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


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

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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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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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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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


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