Skip to content


Newly diagnosed? See our Hepatitis Health Center to learn more about it.

Includes Expert Content
Excessive joint pain
autotech1700 posted:
I have been on Pegasys/copegus ,almost 1/2 way to my 48 weeks. I have been lucky with side effects with the exception of moderate/severe joint pain. It moves around to random joints some, but remains very painful in the knees , shoulder ,hips and hands. I still work 55 hour weeks successfully but this amount of pain has been very difficult to manage. The dr. dosn't seem to hear me about these problems. Have been diagnosed with osteo/degenerative arthritis many years ago. Is there somthing to help that dosn't use naproxin or narcotics ? I lost Bextra when it left the market ( it worked great ) and have found no suitable alternative.
Melissa Palmer, MD responded:
If you do not have advanced liver disease - stage 3 or 4, and no kidney disease, then you could take a NSAID in moderation. If you have advanced liver disease and do not drink any alcohol then acetaminophen less than 3-4 grams/day is the safest pain reliever for those with liver disease.

Helpful Tips

Grapefruit Juice-Simple
There has been a study at the Boston MA Hospital about pure and simple grapefruit juice. It WORKS!!!!! I have been on 3 txs including ... More
Was this Helpful?
13 of 27 found this helpful