Hi, Phoenix26, and welcome to the forum. I had the same thing happen to me, though I had been clean a long while, from both alcohol and drugs. It just didn't seem fair. At the time I was diagnosed with HCV in '93, the only treatment available was interferon injections 3 x a week. However, after about
6-8 weeks, my white count plummeted, so I was taken off treatment. about
4 mos. later, I tried it again, this time coming off treatment after only 4 weeks.
Do you know your genotype? If it's 1a or 1b, there is a new treatment available that consists of interferon, ribavirin, and a protease inhibitor. This treatment has a much higher clearance rate in 1a/1b than the combo alone and is taken for 24 wks. instead of 48.
As to side effects: I never took it long enough to have any. Early on in treatment, side effects are minimal or nonexistent. They seem to surface as treatment continues and are varied. Some describe it as having a bad case of flu, being depressed, etc. Before you start treatment, you should be started on an antidepressant.
We do have a few people here who are currently on treatment. Hopefully, they can give you more information about
their experience with treatment. It's very important that you get treatment, as untreated hep C can lead to cirrhosis and liver cancer (as it did in my case.) I am currently on the waiting list for a new liver, due to liver cancer and advanced cirrhosis.
I also suggest you read the info in the folder at the top of the page entitled Hepatitis Resources. There's lots of good info in there.
I gave your thread a topic, as this is what the Administrator wants and you will get more responses.
Please keep us posted on how you are doing.
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Post Edited (hep93) : 9/29/2011 3:25:27 PM (GMT-6)