Boy, this is a question we’d all like answers to. I can tell you I successfully completed 152 weeks of treatment about 10 months ago, have cleared the virus, and am very glad I did. I’d do the treatment again in a heartbeat, but others have complained about long-term problems. Whether these problems are directly attributable to interferon is open to debate; some of them might be due to other factors.
There are currently other meds in late-phase clinical trial that will be used concurrently with interferon and ribavirin; these will hopefully be available within the next two years. They look as though they will increase treatment efficacy for genotype 1 patients from about 45% to nearly 70%, and might possibly reduce duration of treatment as well. You might discuss these with your doc; they’re known as ‘protease inhibitor’ drugs.
Best to you,
I also have meds in my fridge. I am scared of all the side effects. I am type 2. I also feel great, have probally had this for 30 yrs. It is going to be very hard to do. I asked my doc what would happen if I did not do the treatment She said probally nothing but stage 2 is so treatable why not do it. I am going to start thurs. It would be alot easier if I felt bad. I never have. I'm, going for it hoping for a cure.. another thing I worry about about giving it to someone else.
Wish me luck
I know what you are saying, I never felt bad either and that is the bad thing about Hep C. You go cb867, get rid of it forever:)
Im on my second round of TX and right now im in the boceprevir trial and i have no side effects....i was working full time 10 hours a day....till i lost my job..only 10% have heavy sides