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Aug 10, 2013 - 9 comments

Hepatitis C


hepatitis cure


side effects


Work at a job on Incivik


interferon pegasys


interferon alfa-2b-ribavirin


Triple Drug Thearpy


Major Depression


suicidal ideations

I finished the Triple Therapy with Incivek July 19, 2013.  It was the most difficult regimen I have experienced in 60 years and I would not wish it on my own worst enemy.  I hated every single minute of it.  I wanted to get well.  I really wanted to live and I never knew how much I wanted to live.  I realized I have spent most of my life feeling depressed and feeling sorry for myself.  This last 11 months, August 2012 to July 2013 I struggled to live and not to be unhappy and sad.  It was a fight for my life because the medicine makes  you feel so horrible you want to die, but you're taking it because you want to live.  

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by timothy141, Aug 10, 2013
Congratulations on completion, as for myself I am doing dual therapy, interferon-alfa2a and ribavirin...I understand your thought," It was the most difficult regimen I have experienced in 60 years and I would not wish it on my own worst enemy.  I hated every single minute of it.  I wanted to get well.  I really wanted to live and I never knew how much I wanted to live." This has been the worst 9 months of my life, I think I must be a poster child for sx. The people here have been of unexplainable help to me. I have slammed the door on most of my friendships. And have found this forum to be my only support at times. Every time I go to the medicine chest I cringe, but I know in 90 days I can start to be me again as well.
I really cant imagine what a triple tx must be like.  

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by wantinfo3035, Aug 13, 2013
what kind of side effects are with the triple combo?

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by Babs08172012, Aug 13, 2013
The triple therapy was a nightmare.  I felt like I wanted to die.  Strange, though, I thought I would never in this lifetime recommend it to anyone, but now I recommend it without reservation if you have a supportive environment.  My daughters came to see me everyday and held my hands through all of the whining and complaining.  My nurses were fabulous and supportive through all of the whining and complaining and bitching.  My biggest complaint was the dizziness.  My skin itched horribly.  I was anemic and had to get a shot for that.  I got bad rashes on my back that were scaly.  I felt carsick, not nauseous, just light headed and unbalanced all the time sort of like I wasn't walking on the ground.  I felt drugged all the time, almost like I was high but without the euphoric feeling, just the bogged down feeling.  Why do I recommend it?  Because I was undetected in 2 weeks and still undetected 52 weeks later!  I'm cured, I believe and will continue to believe until my blood tests reveal otherwise.  I am happier than I've been since I was told that I had hepatitis C.  So anything is worth hearing that I'm cured.  It's the greatest miracle of my life, to live a long, happy life with my daughters.  I also learned so much about my family during this time.  I was completely unavailable to them and they all showed their true colors during this time.  I spent a lot of time in bed thinking about my life so far.  I hope this helps you.  Are you taking Incivek?  That's what I took.  Ask me anything.  I am here to help anyone and everyone.  

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by wantinfo3035, Sep 16, 2013
Got the labs back from doctor the results read ALT RHC 34U/L and the AST RHC read 27U/L is this what you go by to determine if there is liver damage?
His doctor says there is no significant liver damage.  This is what we got so far just from reg doctor so now we will go to the specialist to see if he needs to treat.  Any comments will be approciated.  The paper also says ACUTE HEPATITIS is that normal or if it is Chronic wouldnt it say that?

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by Babs08172012, Sep 23, 2013
Hi, glad to see you asking questions.  But you should quiz your nurses and doctors.  That's what I did.  Ask them why it says Acute and not Chronic.  If you ask they should take the time to tell you.  I was so lucky that my nurse emailed me all of the time.  I used to look up the test results on the internet but that confused me even more.  Also I used the hepatitis online information sites and newsletters, like and went to natap forums.  That's  I went everywhere I could to learn more about hepatitis and trolled the internet.  

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by wantinfo3035, Sep 24, 2013
thank you I will do so

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by Babs08172012, Oct 01, 2013
How's it going?  I am so happy not to have to take Incivek any more or the other Hep C meds.  Funny, though, at 60 years old I am now taking prednisone and plaquenil for chronic rheumatoid arthritis.  If you live long enough you get ill from something.  I've started drinking fresh vegetable juices every day, which is great for my damaged liver anyway.  I suffer with pain because of the arthritis and I love candy.  Very bad habit.  The Hep C regimen taught me to take my meds daily even though they were unpleasant, I understood the benefits of them.  I want to live a good life.  

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by Babs08172012, Nov 15, 2013
Hi, I've been busy living.  I have a new part time job.  I just got the word from my nurse.  I am cured.  Are you on meds yet?

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by Dee1956, Dec 16, 2016
I realize this is an older post but still wanted to congratulate you on SVR.
Invicek was the worst. It has taken me years to recover from it.

I hope you are doing well

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