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Ribavirin For Hepatitis C
Hepatitis is an inflammatory condition of the liver. Almost all cases are caused by viruses, including most commonly hepatitis a, hepatitis b, and hepatitis c, or by toxins (eg alcohol). The liver swells, it doesn't work properly leading to a failure to detoxify some biochemical substances, and a failure to excrete bilirubin, leading to jaundice. Some cases are fatal, ...Read more
Depends: That depends on which genotype of hcv you have. In general, it's easier to cure hepatitis c with a combination of interferon, ribavirin, and an hcv protease inhibitor than with interferon and Ribavirin alone. However, there are some hcv genotypes that have a high cure rate without the protease inhibitor. ...Read more
What are relapse symptoms after triple therapy(ribavirin, peg-interferon, incivek) for hepatitis c? Very worried about relapsing at the moment!
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 This is outdated, not very effective, and CURE is now possible in nearly 100% of the cases with the more appropriate medications available today.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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Five months into combo tx for hep c. Now I have a nasty ribavirin rash on my body. What can I do to relieve the incessant itching and weeping rash?
Treatment rash?: If you are taking a triple drug regimen for hepatitis c with interferon, ribavirin, and telaprevir then the rash is probably related to the third agent. However, what you are describing sounds generalized and severe, and at risk for secondary infection. Some rashes, like stevens-johnson eruptions, can even be life-threatening. Make sure you seek medical attention as soon as possible. ...Read more
My grandmother is in ESLD she had hep c she took solvadi and ribavirin and since after that she has developed low sodium levels .Her ammonia levels are really good her bilirubin is stays between 4-- 8 ,Would you say she is gonna be ok ?-
Hard to know: Hepatitis C is a complex disease, and every individual responds to the virus, and treatment differently. Ask the GI liver specialist you are seeing what the prognosis is, and the likelihood of needing a liver transplant. Just remember, those answers are statistics, and your grandmother is not a statistic, but an individual. They are not predictive. Hope this helps! ...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
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