injections for cure of hepatits-b…are there any side effects..?

Question by jassi s: injections for cure of hepatits-b…are there any side effects..?
i have come to know that there are some type of injections available that can cure hepatits-b completely.But i have heared that they have side effects too and these injections are very costly too.the person given that injections lossed hairs from whole boady and also looses alomst 40% wieght.IS it true..??
they cost alsomt 2.5 lac…are they available below tat cost..
pls help as i am suffering from this disease and wanna get curesd witihn nex 3 months.
i will be very very thankful to those who helped me in gewtting fully cured within 3 months.

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Answer by Dr. B
There are different stages of hepatitis B, and the majority of patients do not require treatments. There is an acute infection with hepatitis B. About 80% of people infected with hepatitis B have the acute infection which lasts for weeks, and then they clear the infection and would not have any further problems with hepatitis B in the future. Hepatitis B immunoglobulin (antibodies) can be given after a known exposure to hepatitis B (if not immunized) to prevent the acute hepatitis B infection. I don’t think this is the injection you are talking about though. Treatment for acute hepatitis B is usually supportive care only. Rarely if it is severe then anti-viral therapy is considered in acute hepatitis.
The other 20% of patients infected with hepatitis B do not clear the infection and go onto chronic hepatitis B. It is actually a little more complex than this, because the rate of going on to the chronic phase depends on the age of infection. For example, 90% of infants born with hepatitis B will go onto the chronic phase, 20-50% of individuals infected between ages 2-5 will go onto the chronic phase, and less than 5% of adults infected will go onto the chronic phase. Most patients with hepatitis B do not have symptoms. Some patients in the chronic phase are just carriers and do not have much liver damage. Other patients may have high viral loads and have progressive liver damage. The goal of treatment is to reduce the viral load, reduce liver damage to prevent progression to cirrhosis, and help the immune system clear the infection. Cure is usually not possible because even with therapy the virus may remain in the body. The decision to treat is determined by lab tests, including the degree of elevation of liver function tests, tests for liver function (PT/INR, albumin), whether certain markers of the virus are positive (Hepatitis B Surface Antigen and Hepatitis B E Antigen) and sometimes liver biopsy results. Usually a Hepatologist or Infectious Disease Physician evaluates these and determines if treatment should be started and the appropriate treatment for the individual. There are several treatments approved for chronic hepatitis B and I will discuss them. These treatments have been shown to reduce viral load, sometimes help clear the infection, but none of them technically “cure” hepatitis B. Response to therapy varies also.
Pegylated Interferon (Pegasys) is given by injection once a week usually for six months to a year. The drug can cause side effects such as flu-like symptoms, headache, hair loss, fatigue, insomnia, nausea, diarrhea and depression. This is the only injection approved for Hepatitis B and it has the most side effects of the treatments available. It is also used with Ribavirin for hepatitis C. This is what your friend was probably taking.
Lamivudine (Epivir-HBV, Zeffix, or Heptodin) is a pill that is taken once a day for at least one year or longer. The most common reported side effects include headache, fatigue, nausea, diarrhea and insomnia.
Adefovir Dipivoxil (Hepsera) is a pill taken once a day for at least one year or longer. The most common reported side effects are headache, abdominal pain, diarrhea, weakness, and worsening liver function within 12 weeks of discontinuing.
Entecavir (Baraclude) is a pill taken once a day for at least one year or longer. Side effects are less common with this than the other treatments, but it can be associated with worsening liver tests when discontinued.
Telbivudine (Tyzeka, Sebivo) is a pill taken once a day for at least one year or longer. The most common side effects are headache and fatigue.
Tenofovir (Viread) is a pill taken once a day for at least one year or longer. The most common side effects reported are chest pain, other pain, nausea, diarrhea and weakness.
As I said before, you need to discuss this with your doctor to determine if treatment is appropriate in your case and the best option in your case. Good luck to you.

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can you get in the army with hepatitis c?

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Question by Chris g: can you get in the army with hepatitis c?
can you get in the army with hepatitis c

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Answer by Lu B
Maybe.

You can have it, but they have to make sure you are medically fit to join. If your liver is shutting down you will have a tough time doing your job as a soldier.

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I showed reactive to hepatitis C.I still have to confirm with a PCR test.Is there a chance of a false positive

Question by CASTEEL L: I showed reactive to hepatitis C.I still have to confirm with a PCR test.Is there a chance of a false positive
Here are my results Total bilirubin 2.2, Total protein 7.6, Albumin 4.8, Alkaline Phospatase 65, ALT# 40, AST 34, Direct Bilirubin 0.3 all of my enzymes are okay does this bold well for treatment if needed?

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Answer by Rhonda W
I have not heard that.

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question with some questions?

Question by Paul L: question with some questions?
so this question about steroids. how come there is this lie going on about the fact that steroids have nio side effects. please tell me abiout diff’t side effects and how to resolve them?

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Answer by alyssa stillson
they are dangerous drugs, and when used inappropriately, they can cause a host of severe, long-lasting, and often irreversible negative health consequences. These drugs can stunt the height of growing adolescents, masculinize women, and alter sex characteristics of men. Anabolic steroids can lead to premature heart attacks, strokes, liver tumors, kidney failure and serious psychiatric problems. In addition, because steroids are often injected, users risk contracting or transmitting HIV or hepatitis..”

also to resolve it would to not use them if that’s what your asking hope I helped good luck!

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can you have genotype 1 and 2 hep c and if so how is the treatment different?

Question by : can you have genotype 1 and 2 hep c and if so how is the treatment different?

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Answer by Karen
Yes you can get infected with more than one geno type but the treatment is the same, just some types are more responsive to treatment than others. Here is some pasted info from CDC on treatment:

What is the treatment for chronic Hepatitis C?

Combination therapy with pegylated interferon and ribavirin is the treatment of choice, resulting in sustained virologic response (defined as undetectable HCV RNA in the patient’s blood 24 weeks after the end of treatment) rates of 40%–80% (up to 50% for patients infected with genotype 1, the most common genotype found in the United States, and up to 80% for patients infected with genotypes 2 or 3). Combination therapy using interferon and ribavirin is FDA-approved for use in children ages 3–17 years. Treatment success rates are now being improved with the addition of polymerase and protease inhibitors to standard pegylated interferon/ribavirin combination therapy.

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Elevated liver enzymes?

Question by Kristi62870: Elevated liver enzymes?
I’m 37 years old, and I recently had my yearly glucose tolerance test (I don’t have diabetes, but have PCOS which causes high insulin levels) and my liver enzymes were elevated. I know that this isn’t a good thing, but I also hope it could NOT be a big deal !! They want to check it again in 2 months and are lowering my Glucophage to 500 mg. per day, rather than 1000 (which I take for my insulin levels), so I’m hoping this is an indicator that they aren’t TOO concerned, but I can’t help to be concerned. Any encouraging words would help? Of course, I think the worst and think cancer, but I feel otherwise healthy! I don’t know if this could have anything to do with it, but I had the test done 2 days after a really bad bout of stomach flu (vomiting, diarrhea, etc.) and was still not feeling well the day of the test…just thought I’d throw that out there too. Thanks in advance!
I don’t have Hepatitis C! I had the stomach flu that went through my entire family!

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Answer by Stephanie
your “flu” like symptoms could of been a recent exposure to hepatitis c- in which this would raise your liver enzymes.
if you are taking hormones, this can also cause an issue with enzymes as well as fatty liver or “NASH”. Other medications can cause the alt and ast levels to appear abnormal as well.
Sounds more like some form of hepatitis. I am sure they will do more indepth testing, however, I wouldn’t wait!
In the case of HCV infection (which you could of harbored for months already before having those flu like symptoms) the earlier you treat, the better chances of sustained viral response or “CURE”. Yes, folks, HCV is curable!

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what is hepatitis c.?

Question by Hunter Lowdermilk: what is hepatitis c.?
what dose it do to the body. what are ways to treat this disease is there a cure or is there a way to slow it down

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Answer by Bayla
Hepatitis C is a blood 2 blood virus. There ARE way sto treat the disease. While I ‘shy away from the word cure’..I have CLEARED the virus w/conventional medicine

ABOUT THE VIRUS
Hepatitis C is one of the most common causes of chronic liver disease. It affects more than four million people in the United States. Hepatitis C infection is a major public health problem throughout the world, yet it is largely preventable. Knowledge is power and prevention can happen through awareness!

RISK FACTORS
You may have been exposed to Hepatitis C and should get tested if you have :

- Received blood, blood products and/or organs prior to 1992
- Shared items to inject or snort drugs
- Received kidney dialysis treatment
- Born to a hepatitis C positive mother
- Needle stick exposure
- Contaminated tattoo needles and ink, body piercing equipment
- Had sexual activity that involves contact with blood
- Veterans (especially Vietnam War Veterans- 65%)
- Shared personal care items with an infected person (toothbrushes, razors, etc.)

HCV Adovocate and 2yr SVR

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Please Help me with my medical case ( HCV ) Genotype 4 !!?

Question by : Please Help me with my medical case ( HCV ) Genotype 4 !!?
I am 53 years old I have hepatitis c ,Geno type 4 since 30 years ; I was treated by rebavirin and interferon injection for 48 weeks in 2009 and the virus still active. I was advised to be retreated for 72 weeks by the same medicines. I finished the second course 3 months ago, bun unfortunately the virus appeared again in the PCR more than one million. Please let me know your advise and if there is new medicine for my case.

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Answer by HK3738
Mr AJ your treatment was very apropriate. It just can be a difficult virus sometimes. I would suggest you to maintain follow up with your hepatologist for updates in treatment modlities. Considering a formal second opinion is not harmful. As a general practitioner, I am not aware of any other treatment options. Good luck!

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