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Side Effects Of Hcv Treatment
Incomplete treatment: Conventional treatment regimens for hcv have many potential side effects. Many of these will reverse once treatment ceases. There is no significant consequence however to prematurely terminating hcv treatment prior to its completion, other than the expectation that viral cure will not be achieved. If you can tough out the side effects and you're showing early treatment response, finish treatment. ...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
>95%: With the new medications recently approved, greater than 95%. ...Read more
If a woman during the labor transmit the HCV to the child, is there any therapy treatment for the child?
I finished 42 vials of peg-in-tron 150ml for treatment of HCV & the result was negative on t he 24th vial do I complete to 72 vials instead of 48 ?
Varies: You need to discuss this with the doctor treating you. Duration of therapy may vary with the serotype of hep c with which you were diagnosed. ...Read more
My cousin who is addictted to drugs is an HCV patient for over 16 years, he never take any treatment before., will it be ok for him to take treatmnt now?
See physician : Those are not simple matters that can be answered over the net, your cousin need to see a physician for a full evaluation to see what his status is then decide on a course of action. ...Read more
Several types: In general terms the recommended treatment is 3-fold. First is interferon. It is an injection done weekly. Second is a medication called ribaviron (3 pills twice a day). Finally...A new class of meds for hcv called integrase inhibitors. I like incivik. Its 2 pills 3 times a day. This last drug goes 12 weeks. If you become undetectable then you go 6 months..Otherwise you go 12. ...Read more
2-3yr: We expect new medications for the treatment of hcv genotype 1 in a few years. It is less clear for the other genotypes. Currently some patients with cirrhosis and hcv can be treated with the new regimen that has become available over the past 2years. We do not known if future treatments will be available for cirrhotics. ...Read more
Packaging...: Pegasys (peginterferon alfa 2a) and pegintron (peginterferon alfa 2b) are two drugs fda approved for treatment of chronic hepatitis c. They are slightly different in their chemical composition but studies indicate they are virtually equally effective in what they do and have very similar side effect profiles. Insurance usually drives which of the two is preferred on their formulary. ...Read more