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I have hepatitis c, is there a treatment to help prevent my child from contracting it?

I have hepatitis c, is there a treatment to help prevent my child from contracting it?

Not specificly: Roughly 5% of infants born to hep c mothers will acquire the infection. The mothers igg antibody to hep c that would indicate prior infection will persist up to 18 months in baby so a + test would not be specific for baby prior to 18 mo. There is a specific test for hep c RNA that can be preformed at 1-2 mo. That would be specific for the baby. See red book, 28ed 2009.P358-360. ...Read more

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When should babies born to mothers with hepatitis C be tested for hepatitis c?

When should babies born to mothers with hepatitis C be tested for hepatitis c?

Depends on test: Roughly 5% of infants born to hep c mothers will acquire the infection. The mothers IgG antibody to hep c that would indicate prior infection will persist up to 18 months in baby so a + test would not be specific for baby prior to 18 mo. There is a specific test for hep c RNA that can be preformed at 1-2 mo. That would be specific for the baby. See red book, 28ed 2009.P358-360. ...Read more

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What is the best hepatitis C 2B treatment?

What is the best hepatitis C 2B treatment?

Interferon Ribivarin: Treatments consists of a combination of pegylated interferon Alpha and the antiviral drug Ribavirin for a period of 24 or 48 weeks, depending on hcv genotype. When combined with ribavirin, pegylated interferon-alpha-2a may be superior to pegylated interferon-alpha-2b, though the evidence is not strong. ...Read more

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How difficult and delicated is the treatment of Hepatitis C?

How difficult and delicated is the treatment of Hepatitis C?

Very easy.: These days, hepatitis C treatment has been revolutionized. The newer treatments often involves one pill per day, have very few side effects, and have a very high cure rate! They are expensive, but are usually covered by insurance. It is certainly worth looking into, given the long-term prognosis of untreated hepatitis C. Good luck. ...Read more

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What would happen if you were to discontinue treatment of hepatitis C midway?

What would happen if you were to discontinue treatment of hepatitis C midway?

Failure of Treatment: If you discontinue your hepatitis C treatment half way, you are more likely to fail treatment - meaning you won't cure the virus. You should discuss this in detail with your treating practitioner. ...Read more

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Is it okay to drink on the new hepatitis C treatment?

Is it okay to drink on the new hepatitis C treatment?

I wouldn't: As you are undergoing the new hep c therapy, you can probably wait 3 months until your end of treatment to give you the highest chance of curing your hep c. Drinking alcohol can decrease the chance of cure as alcohol is filtered in the liver. I wouldn't chance it. ...Read more

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Who will cover treatment if boomers on medicaid have hepatitis c?

Boomers: Your question seems to be either straight forward, or egging-on an argument. What would be the purpose of your question? ...Read more

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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

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What is treatment for hepatitis c?

Combination of drugs: The traditional pair of drugs used to treat hcv are
1. Pegylated-interferon
2. Ribavirin
recently added is a class of drugs called the "protease inhibitors" (boceprevir, telapravir) and is used for people with a specific subset of hcv (genotype 1) ...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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How can I get treatment for hepatitis C with no insurance?

How can I get treatment for hepatitis C with no insurance?

Find a: Free clinic or negotiate a self pay rate with a doctor's office and hospital. ...Read more

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Can you tell me what to expect with of hepatitis C treatment?

Not much these days!: With the oral-only combinations the list of side effects is pleasantly short, compared to the interferon days. anemia, N/V, headaches, taste disturbances, sun sensitivity - but most are quite tolerable. You will be followed quite closely though with q2-4 w bloodwork and some centers only dispense one week of medications at a time (given $$$cost). ...Read more

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What goes on when getting the IV shot treatment for hepatitis c?

Please clarify: There are no medications for HCV administered IV... do you mean interferon, administered under the skin? ...Read more

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Can there be a treatment or cure for hepatitis C that is affordable?

Yes: All the major pharmaceutical companies that make medications to cure hepatitis c have programs that will provide free medication if you meet income requirements. Talk to you doctor about these programs and how to pay for lab tests to make sure that you are responding and are not being hurt by the medications. ...Read more

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Hello, I have hepatitis c. Donyou recomend any experimental treatment?

Hello, I have hepatitis c. Donyou recomend any experimental treatment?

That depends.: Your personal physician knows the severity of your hepatitis and what treatments you have already had. I would go over the protocol with that provider to see what the risks ; potential benefits are. This needs to be a careful and informed decision. ...Read more

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What to do if I want to know what treatment is available for hepatitis c?

What to do if I want to know what treatment is available for hepatitis c?

Many: Hepatitis c treatment has come a long way and the new medications are much more effective at curing the disease. There is pegylated interferon and Ribavirin (pr) as the standard medication. New meds like telaprevir and bocepravir have been added to (pr). In ~ 1 year, new meds are coming that are interferon free. Talk to your hepatologist regarding which treatment is best for you. ...Read more

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How long would a person live with hepatitis C if they did not get any treatment at all?

How long would a person live with hepatitis C if they did not get any treatment at all?

Depends: It all depends on how much liver scarring they already have, how old they are, how long they have had hcv infection, and whether they have any conditions that accelerate scarring like alcohol use or hiv. Men who have had hcv infection for more than 40 years have a 70% chance of cirrhosis. About one third of people with hcv will die from it (as opposed to all the other things that can get us). ...Read more

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Ever since I started treatment for hepatitis c, I've been getting terrible coughs. Is this normal?

It can be: Ribavirin is known to cause cough as a side effect. However, your doctor should listen to your lungs to determine if there is any wheezing or signs of pneumonia. ...Read more

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I have hepatitis c, and can not afford the treatment. Is there somewhere I can get funding or even be apart of a trial?

I have hepatitis c, and can not afford the treatment. Is there somewhere I can get funding or even be apart of a trial?

Yes: The drug companies will provide hepatitis c drugs at no charge for people who qualify (insurance doesn't cover the drugs and lower income). Your provider would need decide what treatment you need and help you apply. Clinical trials help everyone get more information about how well new drugs work and how safe they are. Clinicaltrials. Gov lists info about registered studies and sites. ...Read more

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What are the available treatment options for chronic hepatitis c?

Antiviral medication: The medical treatment available are peg interferon, ribavirin, and protease inhibitors. ...Read more

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How do alyssa and PCR in context of hepatitis C treatment differ?

How do alyssa and PCR in context of hepatitis C treatment differ?

Exposed/infected: The elisa detects antibodies made by the body against hepatitis c. About 25% of people will spontaneously clear the hepatitis c infection. So the RNA pcr test looks for the actual hepatitis c virus, which is found in everyone who has active infection. These are the people who are infectious, can have liver damage, and may need treatment. ...Read more

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How much time is required for the antibodies to leave your system after you received the treatment for hepatitis c?

How much time is required for the antibodies to leave your system after you received the treatment for hepatitis c?

Most likely never: If you received treatment for hepatitis c, which lasts for many months, and complete it, the most important thing to measure is the viral titer. This will determine if your treatment was successful or not. Antibodies are your bodies reaction to the infection, and may persist for a lifetime. ...Read more

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Hepatitis c cirrhosis, what is the treatment for it?

Hepatitis c cirrhosis, what is the treatment for it?

A G.I.: Consult! - absolutely no alcohol, careful review of all meds being taken---- the consult being very important since treatment is available1-don't wait! ...Read more

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How long could a patient with hepatitis C virus live without any medical treatment but eating recommended food?

A long time: From my perspective, most people with hcv die with it, not of it. Not everyone benefits from therapy and many probably do not need therapy at all. ...Read more

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Hello I am goin for treatment for hepatitis C in 10 mins and just wanna no what treatment they give you for it and have I got to have liver scan?

Ask your physician: While the drug Sovaldi has received a great deal of publicity recently, that and other drugs, often used in combination, are used to treat hepatitis C. What tests are required depends upon the information known to your doctor and your current physical findings and lab tests ...Read more

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What do you think of the hepatitis C treatment {pegasys & rebetol}?

Not only Rx: Peg-interferon and Ribavirin are the standard treatment for hepatitis c unless you have genotype 1 where addition of a pi such as Incivek (telaprevir) can improve response rates and shorten treatment course. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about the hepatitis C treatment {pegasys & rebetol}?

AVOID: Yes. Avoid anyone recommending such treatment in 2014. This is outdated, not very effective, and CURE is now possible in nearly 100% of the cases with the more appropriate medications available today. Please get to a Hep C treater/specialist for the best outcome. ...Read more

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