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Medicine For Hepatitis C
Am 70 yrs. I never drink alcohol. No medicines. No hepatitis b or c. Liver enzymes sgpt , sgot, alkalibe, gamma are normal. Can I have liver cirosis?
Yes but uncommon : It is still possible but unlikely. You could have had hepatitis in the past with liver injury and development of scarring. Genetic problem could also predispose one to cirrhosis. The normal liver values just means you are not having active liver injury at present but the scarring had already taken place. ...Read more
2 new drugs: Within the last few month, 2 new drugs have come out that are in pill forms and FDA approved (without interferon injections) that cure hepatitis C in > 95% of patients. Talk to your liver doctor who can help determine if Harvoni or Viekira Pak is right for you, based on your medication insurance coverage. There are other medications out there depending on the strain of virus you have. ...Read more
Yes: In short, yes you can get hepatitis C from "snorting drugs" and from using intravenous drugs. This is the most common cause of contracting hepatitis C. The good news is that now a days, we can cure hepatitis C over 90% of the time compared to medications in the past. See a hepatologist for discussion regarding the new therapies. ...Read more
New drugs: Within the last few month, 2 new drugs have come out that are in pill forms and FDA approved (without interferon injections) that cure hepatitis C in > 95% of patients. Talk to your liver doctor who can help determine if Harvoni or Viekira Pak is right for you, based on your medication insurance coverage. There are other medications out there depending on the strain of virus you have. ...Read more
Peginfr/riba/protinh: The new standard of care for untreated hep c, and for relapse, or failed rx in the past is a combination of pegylated interferon (longer acting than regular/better tolefrance too), ribavirin, and one of two new ly approved drugs, both protease inhibitors (antiviral), telapravir and bocepravir. Different rx schedules. Both have improved success rates. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Reading the news on cnn and i saw they got a cure for hepatitis C I have hepatitis C is this true ? Its a new drug they said ?
Yes: We've been able to cure hepatitis c for several years now, but the treatments were difficult. Two new drugs approved in the last month make it much easier. However, each must currently be taken with interferon, so at best, you have to put up with interferon side effects for 3 months. In the fall of 2014, we may have regimens that don't require interferon. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: Yes, although if there is significant liver damage, the Bumex doesn't work as well. ...Read more
I have a brother who has cirrohsis , hepatitis C and just got pneumonia he is a drug IV user and drinks and smokes is this very bad?
Yes, for many: we're seeing response rates in the 90+ % range. ...Read more
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
How common is sexual transmission of hepatitis C?Had RNA test with lower limit of 15IU/ml, negative, never did drugs only sex w/multiple partners.
You're fine: There's no dietary magic to hepatitis c. If you are still feeling well, eat what you want. Avoid unregulated supplements, especially "magic chinese herbal remedies" -- these are sometimes mislabeled liver poisons. If you have advanced disease, your physician may restrict protein to control hepatic encephalopathy. Hopefully it won't come to this with today's treatment. ...Read more
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
Medical conditions such as hepatitis-C and cirrhosis of the liver can also cause inaccurate urine drug test results.
I had got tested for stds and for hiv and hepatitis c and I was only positive for gnorenna and I really need the medicine for it?
So whats the ???: The public Healthtap site is an information center for health related questions. You state you have been evaluated in some way and know you need treatment for gonorrhea. At this point, your question is not clear. We do not offer treatment through the public site. Find a local clinic and seek treatment before the germ does significant harm. ...Read more
Pls I am reactive to hepatitis b and my wife hepatitis C and we are relying on herbal medicine will it cure us? And again can we have unprotected sex
No herbal cures: There are no herbal cures for hepatitis b or c. Hepatitis c can be cured with medication. Chronic hepatitis b can be effectively treated, but whether you have chronic hepatitis b depends on what you mean by "reactive." your wife should definitely be vaccinated against hepatitis b, which is much more likely to be transmitted sexually than hepatitis c, although that can also occur. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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