Hi and welcome! I was diagnosed with hep C in '93 and tried 2 courses of interferon A, which was the only med available for treatment of hep C at the time. I was taken off the first round after about
2 months, due to very low white count. The same thing happened the second time, after about
a month, and I took myself off that time. Since then, other (better) treatments have evolved. With the interferon A, the remission rate was 50%, and of those 25% had a recurrence. So only 25% actually stayed in remission. The combo has much higher success rates, with many people clearing the virus from their systems. However, that treatment takes a year and has very bad side effects, from what I've heard--rendering many patients unable to work while undergoing treatment. There was a new member here the other day who mentioned a "cocktail" which would be taken for 6 months. Perhaps this is what you have in mind.
I would encourage you to get some kind of treatment, though. I never received any additional treatment and now have inoperable liver cancer, as a direct result of untreated hepatitis. No matter how unpleasant treatment may be, it can save your life. Just find out all you can about the specific treatment you will be getting, so you know what to expect.
And be sure to come back here for tons of support. :)
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