The combination of interferon and ribavirin appears to be a promising combination. From what we can tell from results to date is that this combination appears significantly better than interferon alone. I think it is well worth trying though no one can tell you that this combination will be effective against your hepatitis C and porphyria cutanea tarda (also called PCT). I do note for the record that sometimes patients with porphyria cutanea tarda respond well to phlebotomy (bleeding) either before or in combination with medical therapy.
I hope this information is helpful to you. If you have additional questions or concerns, I invite you to post them back to MedHelp or contact us directly at Henry Ford. Our direct phone number is (313) 556-8865. We have an active group of liver specialists and we have enormous interest in and experience with hepatitis C.
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