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    medications for hepatitis c
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    An_192639 posted:
    was wondering how the medication works and how successful it is. there is no cure for hepatitis c right?
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    billm57 responded:
    wrong - there are meds that can rid the body of hcv - around 99% of people who are virus free 6 months after successful treatment remain that way - cured --- with the old meds only 50% achieved this - with the new meds just out last month its around 80% cure rate for first time treaters - its not 100% but no cure is
     
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    24sdmm replied to billm57's response:
    thank you we got a call from my husbands doctor and they said he will probably need medication. but we were just unsure how the meds work . he still needs a liver biopsy though before he gets any medicine. the doctor mentioned side affects? do most people have to stop working with this medicine? i know it can differ a little for everyone.
     
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    OLDTIFF47 replied to billm57's response:
    BILL THEY TOLD ME IN 99 I HAD A 30% CHANCE OF CLEARING AND I DID.... I NEVER EVER LIKE THE ODDS THING......

    TIFF
    DON'T TAKE YOUR ORGANS TO HEAVEN...HEAVEN KNOWS WE NEED THEM HERE !!
     
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    hawgfan replied to 24sdmm's response:
    Depends on his side fx, what kind of work he does, & what kind of support he gets from you and others. I am 16 weeks into treatment and haven't missed any work. I am an electronics technician. There are a lot of days that if I had to do hard, heavy outside work I would be in trouble - but that's also not what I am used to doing. Plenty of honest communication between the two of you and plenty of prayer goes a long way. Y'all can do this.
     
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    billm57 replied to OLDTIFF47's response:
    the combo therapy of peginterferon and ribavirin worked as an immune response stimulator combined with the antiviral ribavirin - the triple therapy adds a protease inhibitor which inhibits viral replication - i dont know the exact stats but i believe the majority dont experience severe side effects and are able to keep working

    i know tiff - they told me 20% due to all the negative predictors i had - the doc was shocked when i cleared - sadly im one of the 1% that did not remain that way
     
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    24sdmm replied to billm57's response:
    thank you billm57 are you trying treatment again? i hope everything is going good for you.
     
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    billm57 replied to 24sdmm's response:
    thanks 24 - i still get a few good days / week - im seriously considering trying the triple therapy - i went to a transplant center a few months ago - the hepatologist there said no more interferon / ribavirin due to progressing cirrhosis - saw him again earlier this month and he seemed kinda open to it - he wants me to discuss with my gastro but i cant get in before my next hepa appt - im in no hurry but i cant afford to procrastinate - did your husband make a decision about treating yet
     
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    24sdmm replied to billm57's response:
    he wants too but we are still waiting for him to go in for the liver biopsy and then see what the doctor says. we hope the medicine works for him.
     
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    billm57 replied to 24sdmm's response:
    let us know how things progress - best wishes


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