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!
Post Edited (hep93) : 7/11/2010 10:32:14 AM (GMT-6)
Post Edited (Mr.X) : 7/11/2010 9:19:16 AM (GMT-6)
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.
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.