Can anyone explain exactly the role of what each drug does: the shot(interferon),ribavirin and victrelis?
I start treatment Friday and I'm a little nervous. I tried treatment 2 years ago,but only made it to week 3 due to bad side effects. This is my second go around.
Protease inhibitors: Hepatitis C viruses use an essential enzyme called protease (pro-tee-aze) during their replication process. Certain drugs can interfere with this enzyme which stops the virus' ability to copy itself. Drugs of this type that have reached the market for treating chronic hepatitis C are Victrelis and Incivek.
Polymerase inhibitors: Each time hepatitis C viruses replicate, they use an enzyme called polymerase to copy their RNA (genetic code). Polymerase inhibitors are drugs that interfere with polymerase. Two types of polymerase inhibitors target the polymerase in different ways: nucleoside analog polymerase inhibitors nonnucleoside analog polymerase inhibitors. None are available outside of clinical trials at this time.
I'm free associating here and hope I'm not too much off topic with this dumb question, but...I happened to notice on the bottle of digestive enzymes that I had been taking that they inculde protease enzymes. Is that the same thing?
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