Sorry to hear about your troubles. There are many different kinds of derma problems that can occur with HCV as well as its treatment drugs. About the only thing you can do at this point is to ask the doctor what his basis is for discontinuing treatment. Are you using a GI or a hepatologist? Are you comfortable with the level of are you’re receiving from him/her?
Tell us more about the rash? Have you mentioned this to him previously, and has he ordered any tests specifically for this rash? You should ask him/her directly; see why they are pulling you from treatment, and request that you continue unless to do so will hurt you in the future some how.
Do let us know what he says; and be sure to ask for hard copies of any procedures and lab results to date, in case you choose to change doctors in the future.
Best to you—
There is lots of hope that you will see your 16 month old baby grow old. Did you have a biopsy done before you started treatment so that you know what stage of liver damage, if any, that you have? You may not have had your options fully explained to you. Alot of docs want to start newly diagnosed people on treatment right away and don't explain they have choices on that, based on the amount of liver damage that may exist.
I'm thinking that your doctor isn't that experienced treating people with Hep C and these drugs. That seems to be a common reaction of docs who aren't so experienced. That's a guess on my part, based on just the bit you've shared so far. How much did your doctor tell you about what you could expect from treatment?
Just wondering also if he's a gastroenterologist and how experienced he really is.
I echo Bill - get copies of all your labs and tests and I'd like to know more about why your doctor thinks this rash is reason to stop treatment.
Wondering if you had anxiety issues prior to starting treatment or anything of that sort?
Maybe you might want to convince your doctor to keep you on treatment until he has better answers for you. And, perhaps you want to start looking for another doctor who definitely has alot of experience in treating people with Hep C for a second opinion.
agree with the others. I would get a 2nd opinion from a Hepatologist (liver specialist). You have come to far to stop this soon. From what you describe the rash on your hands could be from the treatment drugs or possibly the ativan. Either way unless there is more happening that is no reason to stop. The other thing your doctor may be looking at is the panic attack you went to the ER for. Interferon has been known (very rare) to cause suicidal thoughts and maybe he is worried about that. If you are not on a antidepressant then maybe your should start. Either way DO NOT stop treatment until you get a 2nd opinion !!!
I am seeing a G.I Doc and its too late I was due for my 2nd injection today. First off....My doc said that she will NOT refill the scripts for me and that I HAVE to stop at least till their "head" doc comes back from Vacation...LOL!! It seems to me that they just do not want to be bothered with any patients who are not sailing threw treatment! I got clearance from a psy doc prior to starting treatment and they put me on an anti-depressant to combat any issues that may arise. The panic attack was HORRIBLE and to be honest I do not think that I can go 48 weeks or more feeling like my child or anything around me is a bother!! I have never been "bothered" by my son crying until the other day when I ended up in the ER (the doc old me to go) and my son does not deserve his mpther to take a "mental vacation" at his young age. NO I have NOT had a biopsy and I would like one!
If your doctor tells you to stop treatment, you should do so. It would be nice if you had another doctor on board to review your case, but this doesn’t sound like an option right now given the time constraints. You aren’t so invested in this treatment yet at one week; I’d take this opportunity to request a biopsy and review your treatment options.
Many people that have little damage decide to postpone therapy; with genotype 1, this might be a good idea for now. The only way to know how urgent treatment is for you personally is a biopsy or one of the surrogate blood tests such as Fibroscan or Fibrospect.
These meds can affect some people profoundly; take your time, review your options and learn more about this disease and its treatment. If you haven’t already, you might take a look at the following site for more info about HCV:
Such an early rash may indicate an allergy to one of the treatment meds or even to the Atavan. Not common but it happens. Let the most experienced doctor in the practice get back and see what he says. Nothing personal, just a little CYA going on and the less experienced doc is worried about your quick reaction to something in your therapy. If the rash stays after you've been off the hep c meds for a week or 2, it may just be the Atavan and you'll need to try a different mood drug. Try not to worry. You've done things right. You just need more medical consultation to get going again.