Can you help me? I'm a new HCV patient.

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Mr.X
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   Posted 7/9/2010 8:08 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi everyone.

I'm a new HCV patient and I'm about to start a new meds for me and I like to know from people who take Peg-Intron and regarding its side effects. I heard about them (Peg-intron and Copegus) and I'm not worried about the physical pain that comes from it; I'm used to it since I'm a Crohn's patient. But I'm worried about the depression that comes from Peg-intron; I heard it can cause one. How did it go for you? Do you have to take Anti-dep pills if you even have a minor depression?

Thanks.

P.S. I know I need to talk with my doctor first and all, and I did, but I'm a person who over worry by nature and like to make sure. I can handle the pain, but the depression part terrifies me.

Pink Grandma
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   Posted 7/9/2010 8:23 AM (GMT -7)   
Hello MrX and welcome to the Hepatitis forum. So sorry that you have both crohns and hcv but you have found the right forums. Healingwell is a great support forum.

We do have lot's of wonderful members who are or have been in treatment for the hepatitis virus. My husband had Hep C but he never had any treatment for it. So I can not help you much in regards to the treatment I just wanted to welcome to our forum.

Take care......thoughts and prayers........
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hep93
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   Posted 7/9/2010 11:37 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi, Mr. X, and welcome to the forum.  I have hep C, but am waiting for the new treatment that is expected to be available next year, and adds a 3rd drug to the combo.  It is taken for only 24 wks.  I've never heard of Copegus and don't find it in my drug book.  Usually the combo consists of ribavirin and interferon.  Some doctors automatically put their patients on an antidepressant when they start treatment.  Since you are so concerned about the possible side effect of depression, you might want to do this and not wait to see if you become depressed.  Antidepressants usually take at least two weeks to get into your system, so it might pay to start them immediately.  Ask your doctor about it, and good luck with treatment!

Connie


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**David**
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   Posted 7/9/2010 2:19 PM (GMT -7)   
Both interferon cocktails are the same thing, made by different companies. At least that's what my hepatologist told me, when I was had to choose one. I was offered either one and asked which was better. He said six of one, half a dozen of the other one. I took Pegasys (sp), but still have a canvas bag given to me from Copegus (sp). As far as depression, I believe a positive attitude works. It did for me, not for others. If you're a worrier, better plan on getting some meds to take care of the problem (imagined or not). I think much of the problem is that you feel terrible physically, so some folks get depressed from that. I knew I'd feel awful, but wasn't going to quit, even if it killed me. I never felt depressed, just lousy for a year. I still managed to work 5-7 hour days, 4-5 days a week, doing physical labor. Good luck!
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hep93
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   Posted 7/9/2010 2:38 PM (GMT -7)   
I checked Rxlist.com and found Copegus.  It is the brand name for ribavirin.  I'd just never heard of that one.
 
Connie
 


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Post Edited (hep93) : 7/11/2010 10:32:14 AM (GMT-6)


Mr.X
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   Posted 7/11/2010 8:16 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for the warm welcome everyone. I appreciate it :)

Well, I'm still not sure, I just wish if its really fine to take Peginterferon Alfa 2b (AKA Peg-intron). I have the med, but I still haven't taken it yet. The mental side effect just worries me to the death, and I need to take it because the virus rate in my blood is high (according to my blood test) I guess I just should just gather my courage and just stick it.

By the way, how can I avoid infecting others? I mean, the other day I went to the barber shop, and I was worried that I might infect anyone from the tools he used on me. I realize it WILL be a problem if he cut me and then just clean the blood and use it again on someone els, but does even a normal, bloodless cut or shave might still infect someone?

Thanks

Post Edited (Mr.X) : 7/11/2010 9:19:16 AM (GMT-6)


**David**
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   Posted 7/11/2010 8:50 AM (GMT -7)   
Mr. X,
Why not start the treatment. If the side effects become too oppressive, you could stop. I didn't enter into it from that point of view, but what worked for me, may not work for you. If you need to "get your courage up," you may not make it anyway. I couldn't wait to do whatever it took to rid myself of an insidious disease. Nobody else can do this for you, it's in your hands.

I tell everyone who might come into contact with my blood that I have the virus. Mainly that's my dentist, when I get a massage, or having blood taken. As far as having a haircut, in my case the guy who does it, is in my Hep C support group, so he's already got it. I have yet to have anyone shy away from me due to having Hep C, but if they did, they're not someone I'd want to know. Living in a small town, and having written about having Hep C, most people know I'm infected. I haven't noticed any changes in attitude towards me and I feel free, not having to hide my disease.
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hep93
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   Posted 7/11/2010 9:44 AM (GMT -7)   

Mr. X, either go ahead and start taking it and see what happens, or call your doctor and express your concerns and ask if he could prescribe an antidepressant before you start treatment.  One thing is certain:  You have no chance of getting better if you just stare at the drug and don't take it.

As to the infection question, the barber should be sterilizing his razors between client uses.  If he is not, then perhaps you should inform him that you have hep C.  Even if he nicked you and then used the razor on someone else without sterilizing it, the risk of transmission is very, very slight.  But why take a chance at all?  You could also opt out of a shave and just get a hair cut.  I really don't think there's a chance of transmitting it that way.  At least, I've never felt the need to tell my stylist that I have hep C.

You do want to advise medical personnel about your hep C.  Also, don't let anyone use your toothbrush.  You probably already know that you cannot give blood or be an organ donor unless it's to someone who already has hep C.

Hugs,
Connie
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Mr.X
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   Posted 7/11/2010 6:11 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks guys for your concerns, and I apologize if I sounded like a stubborn child. I'm thinking of taking it right now, but few hours ago I felt (and still feel) a bit of a fever and a headache (and I probably have a good idea from who I caught it from...) anyway, I sawllowed a fever pill but is it fine if I take it right now regardless of my small fever? or should I wait for my doctor appointment to ask him, which is later during the day.

I made sure that the barber use a removable blade razor, which he did along with sterilization. Plus, I didn't had a cut and bleed, so I'm I doing it right?

Hugs back

Thanks.

hep93
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   Posted 7/11/2010 6:16 PM (GMT -7)   

If you have a doctor appt. coming up, you may as well wait and express your concerns to him.

It sounds like you are doing the right things as far as preventing possible transmission of the disease.

Hugs,

Connie


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