You can ask your doctor about reducing your dose of ribavarin. I had to have transfusions, weekly procrit and a dose reduction to keep my blood counts from crashing completely.
Hope you feel better soon. Good luck.
My doctor already reduced my ribavarin from 6 a day to 5. I see him next week and just know he will probably reduce it again. Unfortunately, I have a big fear of him taking me off the meds altogether. Before the meds, my HepC count was 14 million. After 3 months, it reduced to 185. He was hesitant to keep me on the meds at that time, stating I should be at zero. I don't know much about any of that but coming down almost to a zero is pretty darn good if you ask me.
Thank you for your info and good wishes
I dont know what geno type you have ,im assuming # 1 and all your stats i didnt see,but did you consider waiting for the newer PI drugs coming out very soon?Too be honest ,looks like you wont be able to go 72 weeks because if you didnt go UD by week 12,its a long haul by the way you are describing your TX alrteady and the odds are pretty slim to SVR.And there are the new Trials always coming up.
You will have to go 72 weeks at least if you didn not clear at week 12 on the regular PEG/RIBA mix.
In my first TX back in 2006,my VL was around 400,down from 25 million and i went 48 weeks and realpsed within 30 days after TX,you have to get the VL between <2 and <10 to be considered UD.even being at 75 or 100 still dont count as UD even tho it sounds like a big drop...its important to get it as close to zero before week 12 to get cured...now if you are geno 2 of 3 you have better odds
Just a thought...At week #10, I developed thyroiditis which accelerated my anemia...Once it was handled, the anemia stabilized and I was able to maintain a HCT of 26 and a HGB of 8.5-9.0 during the rest of treatment without rescue meds...if you haven't, have your thyroid levels checked to be sure this isn't adding to your anemia...~MM