Hello and welcome to the forum. Congratulations on starting treatment.
First, which pills are you taking? It helps us to know what you are taking so we can better respond to your questions.
We were all apprehensive before starting treatment. I think it is pretty normal to feel apprehensive.
As far as side effects, everyone is different. Some people get some not so pleasant side effects and others seem to go through treatment with few side effects. Also, the side effects do vary in intensity and also duration. They tend to come and go.
I guess I would recommend drinking plenty of water. My doc siad to drink a gallon a day (which is a lot of water).
Also, try to eat normally, or at least a variety of good helthy foods. Many of us lose our appetites on treatment but it is important to eat solid decent food.
If you get any side effects, please post on the forum and we will offer our suggestions and remedies. One important thing is to get on top of the side effects right away (if you get them) because they tend to snowball if you do nothing about them.
If you get a rash, watch it closely and tell the doctor about it right away. The rashes tend to progress rapidly and you want to treat them right away to keep them in check. Many do not get a rash, but I wanted to mention it in case you do.
Many people take either a tylenol or some other over the counter pain medication when they take their injections. (Clear any meds with your doctor to be sure it is okay.) Personally, I take a tylenol 325 mg. a half hour before the injection and another one about an hour after the injection.Often I take one the following morning too. They help with the flu like symptoms.
I did not really have bad side effects to the injections. I mainly got the flu like symptoms, fatigue, malaise, aches, slight headache, no motivation, etc. Hopefully your symptoms will be mild.
If you are on Incivek, post and there will some extra tips for handing the possible Incivek side effects.
If you want to post your statistics (starting Viral Load, Genotype, whether you ave treated befor and what response you had, your biopsy results (stage and grade), and which medicatins you are taking, frijole will add you to her spreadsheet. She is keeping track of how we do.
Here is a link to her profile and the spreadsheets are in the photo section. Click on them and you can see how many of us are doing.
I wish you the very best of luck.
Keep in touch on the forum. There are many very, very knowledgeable people on the forum who can answer your questions.