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Medicine For Hep C
New Hep C drugs: There are 2 new (just over 1 year on the market) drugs known as protease inhibitors. Victrelis (boceprevir) is one and Incivek is the other. These are only approved for treatment of genotype 1 and either must still be used in conjunction with pegalated interferon and ribavirin. There is a 2nd gen protease inhibitor and a polymerase inhibitor currently in development. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is there any new drugs coming out for some one who has hep c geno 2 was treated in the past which worked but 1 year later it came back ?
In 2011 i was in a study(gs-us-248-0120 ) for hep c. Drugs were tegobuvir, gs5885, gs9451 & ribo. I failed week 2. Am i now resistant to inhibitors?
What drug was tested:
Hep C per se should not give a false positive drug test, however, it begs the question, how did you get Hep C? Were you abusing intravenous drugs?
If you have Hep C, get treatment as it is mostly curable now. ...Read more
I am an IV drug user an have untreated. Hep c.My partner and i share and reuse syringes.This can progress my hep quicker?How much quicker
Sharing needles: I appreciate the courage it took to write your truth here online. Now...Let's talk about risk. I am worried about you catching HIV or any other i worry that this situation will preclude you from the new promising treatments for hepatitis c. Is there a reason you cannot use sterile needles each time"? Do they not have needle exchange programs in vermont? I have a lot more questions. ...Read more
On triple drug tx for hep c. At wk 32 (28 with victrelis). Virus cleared by wk 8. Lots of side fx. Going off at wk 36. 4th tx for hep c. Safe to quit?
Thyroid tests: There are several different types of thyroid blood tests. Liver disease may affect some of them. Your md will make sure to use the thyroid blood tests that are unaffected by abnormalities in globulins produced by liver disease. If you can't get the desired thyroid results from your therapy, consult a thyroidologist. ...Read more
Can you get hep c through unprotected sex? My ex told me he had it after we got done. When we were dating I'm assuming he had it since he shot up drugs but I want to make sure I don't have it!!!
Low risk, get tested: As I answered your other question, you are at little or no risk of hepatitis C from your former partner. It't not sexually transmitted nearly as often as some people say. To the extent you were at risk from him, it was more because of the possiblity of blood exposure than sex. But to be certain, have a test. If you have not otherwise been at risk for hep C, you can expect a negative result. ...Read more
I have Hep C with a very high viral load and would like to participate in the new drug trials. I'm concerned due to depression . How do I apply?
Treatment: There are two new drugs currently available for hep C. These are very very effective. If you have depression, you can be treated with these oral medications without interferon (needle). Please talk to your gastroenterologist/hepatologist about various combination options. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
How long does it take chronic hepatitis C to kill someone im waiting on the new drugs next year to cure me stage 1 chronic hep c back in 2012?
Years usually...: Based on treatment guidelines of the AASLD/IDSA: " it may be advisable to delay treatment for some patients with documented early fibrosis stage (F 0-2), because waiting for future highly effective, pangenotypic, DAA combinations in IFN-free regimens may be prudent." Reference: http://www.hcvguidelines.org/full-report/initial-treatment-hcv-infection-patients-starting-treatment ...Read more
My daughter was on drugs. Clean 7 yrs. Has hep c. Was told worse strain . Her bloodwork says 16 million ..Is there a tx that doesn't make you sick ?
Not yet...: Most hepatitis c drug regimens require many months of treatment & combine various agents to improve efficacy. Each drug comes with substantial side effects. There is hope however for a not-so-far-in-the-future cure that may be better tolerated. Have your daughter explore her current options & experimental ones with her liver doctor since waiting for "something better" may not be her best choice. ...Read more
I had sex with a man that sleeps with a woman that previously did injectable drugs. Unknown HIV status, Hep C +. Used a condom. 1 time exposure. ?
VD Exposure: You need to get tested for HIV and Hep C and B now. Also pap smear for papaloma virus (HPV) etc. If exposure recent, may need to re-test in a month or so, as positive tests can be delayed. Condums not 100%, so would avoid any type of sex with this guy. And ask him to get tested for all these and see if his Hep C is acitve. Health Dept can help you here. Good treatment now for Hepatitis C ! ...Read more
What could be the cause of elevated liver enzymes other than drugs or alcohol. Hep c+ no viral load in over 10 years?
Many things: In general, if hep c viral loads have been negative for 2 years it is considered a cure (or sustained viral response or svr). However, re-infection with another strain of hep c is possible, as well as acquiring some other form of viral hepatitis (a, b, e, g and others). Weight gain can cause non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. Are you drinking alcohol to excess? Your doctor can test for these. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
If suffering from heart disease with ejection fraction 40% can we start with interferon and other drugs for hep c cure?
Is it possible for someone with a Hep C/multi sub-strain HIV co infection who uses recreational drugs to transition to AIDS in under a year?
Full Blown AIDS: Unfortunately yes, with both infections and if not properly treated or if your strain of HIV is resistant, you can progress to bull blown AIDS in a short period of time. Do you have a specialist? Here is a link to the mobile clinic in Houston Schedule http://www.houstontx.gov/health/hiv-mobile-clinic And another link for HIV Advocacy http://www.centerforaids.org/ ...Read more
I have untreated hep c.And do drugs throuhg iv.I get severe stomach pain when im withdrawling.Once I do a shot it helps mmy stomach. Why would this be?
Hepatitis C and : Hello: withdrawal can present as if you are deathly ill. It is a full mental and physical process that can be one of the hardest things you will ever go through. It sounds like it would be much better for you to withdraw under medical observation in a detox facility.. You are more likely to get through it safely with medical help. ...Read more
Can drug use of meth/ice be causing my body to swell n if so should I be worried? Mostly n my legs/ankles n belly. 28/f hep c
Hepc, decomposed liver cirohsis, heart ejection fraction 40 %. Can new drug sofosbuvir still help in reducing the hep c infection?
It may but no: Guarantees. God bless u! http://www.m.webmd.com/a-to-z-guides/features/hepatitis-c-alternative-treatments. http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/health-topics/topics/cm/.Get a more detailed answer ›
Hello, my son tested positive for hep c antibody. The only reason he was even tested was because we were considering the use of Xeljanz, an RA drug, for his auto immune alopecia universalis. He was retested yesterday and they are doing something called RN
False positive?: Hepatitis C virus antibody test is often falsely positive. That's why the RNA test is needed; it will tell whether your son actually has HCV. You don't say his age, but it is unlikely if young and thus has not shared drug injection equipment; has never had a transfusion; and has not otherwise been heavily exposed to another person's blood. So probably all is well. My fingers are crossed for you! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What are the prognosis of hep c and b in drug addicts with enlarged kidney with a recent fracture of the hip joint.
Hello, my son tested positive for hep c antibody. The only reason he was even tested was because we were considering the use of Xeljanz, an RA drug, for his auto immune alopecia universalis. He s 16. No drugs or sex. No transfusions done. He was retested
I have hep c from transfusion at birth. Blood levels ALT 131, GGT 235, AST 29, billrubin 0.5 - should I worry about my liver? Never drink or do drugs.
Yes: Hi, your alt levels are high that implies that your liver is getting damaged .Depending upon the subtype of the hep c virus ; the stage of liver damage , you could be offered treatment, which could be potentially curable. See a hepatologist or GI who takes care of liver diseases urgently as new potent medications have recently come on the market. Make sure you are vaccinated for hep b.Best of luck. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Cirohsis n hep c, fore sore throat n fever what medicine should take which will not effect the liver.
Healthy 27 YO, AA Fem. +RF 30 (1-14) ALT 12 AST 10 ALP 45. CBC Norm. Neg. HBsag, HIV, Syphillis, MCTD. ANA. No drugs/transfusions. Hep C possibility?
Get tested: There is a blood test to diagnose infection with hepatitis C. Nothing in the results you provided, indicates active Hep C infection, however, Hep C can remain asymptomatic for years. If you have any concern get tested for Hep c. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low fat milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex. ...Read more
Blood contact: Hepatitis c is caused by hepatitis c virus, which is transmitted mostly through blood exposure (sharing needles and syringes). I can also be transmitted sexually, especially through fairly rough, unprotected, inadequately lubricated sex where there might be blood exposure. ...Read more
Get tested: The symptoms of hepatitis c are very nonspecific to none initially to a yellowing of the skin (jaundice) and eyes, confusion, fluid in the abdomen (ascites) as it advances over decades. The real way to tell if you have hepatitis c is to get tested at the doctor's office. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Hepatitis C virus: The different viruses causing hepatitis are named using the letters of the alphabet. The hep c virus is almost entirely transmitted by needles, either through shared needles in drug use, or contaminated blood or blood products given by needle or multiple uses of needles in some countries. ...Read more
Possibly: The cdc estimates that about 20% of new cases of hepatitis c are from sex. However, the risk for any one person is low. Men who have anal sex with other men are at higher risk. People who are young, have multiple partners, or have sores like herpes or syphilis are also at risk. Heterosexual couples who have been together a while are at low risk. ...Read more
Viral hepatitis: Hepatitis C is a form of viral hepatitis, infection and inflammation of the liver caused by a virus. There is no effective cure for hepatitis and the disease can lead to liver failure and increase risk of developing liver cancer. There is no effective vaccine to prevent infection with Hepatitis C. To prevent: avoid sharing needles if you use IV drugs, use condoms, avoid contact with blood/fluid ...Read more
Symptoms: The most common signs of hepatitis C are none, since it usually does not cause symptoms. When it does, they are more related to the liver, Jaundice or severe fatigue being the two most common. If you think you have hepatitis C, get tested. There are cures now.. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Low likelihood: Someone in a long-term, monogamous relationship with a partner infected with HCV is at low risk, the risk of sexual transmission ranges from 0 to 0.6 percent per year. This risk of transmission is slightly higher — about 1 percent per year — if involved in a short-term sexual relationship with someone who has Hepatitis C. The risk increases if the person is HIV positive ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer