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How to Prepare for Hep C Triple Therapy, Part 1

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Mary Ann White-Pickering

Hi, I did not realize I live with Hepatic C for 37 years after I had blood transfusion back 1976. I believe I had gotten 16 pints of blood after my serious car accident. No doctors ever detected this blood disorder for years till recent. however, my brother was told to be warned that blood transfusion may not be screened so some risks would be involved. My spouse and I want to buy a life term insurance policy for each other. We are over 55 that was when I fail my blood test that I could not afford to purchase a high life term insurance. Some doctors become aggressive telling me to start a treatment. I was in a stage of shock. I decide to explore for other opinions which is a right track I am on now. I will begin my treatment soon after we will begin to discuss next week at Georgetown University Hospital with its clinics. I find this more positive when I browse into the network like your report u shared about yourself and others. I am a Deaf woman. I make sure I get all correct information through a certified sign language interpreter to communicate with a new doctor. I think Georgetown University I was referred by Dr. Siegel who practices in Bowie, Maryland gives me a positive outlook that I should start the treatment at Georgetown University Hospital's clinics in Washington,D.C. immediately after not knowing I have a case since 1976. That is something we need to know that blood tests do not detected anything for 37 years unless we must get a good quality of testing bloodworks first. How come I am overlooked for years,it is a silent disease for my case. We should advocate everyone to get expensive blood work if they suspect of any symptoms after getting blood transfusion before 1990. My case was in 1976 that the doctor is amazed how health I am now with this blood disease. I do experience tiredness and take a nap daily after work for years. I do keep myself active. I want to go back to jog as I used to be, but I stopped maybe 3 years ago to look after my mom. I think stopping my workout and jogging is acting up with my blood disorder when I become more tired now as I get older. That is why I am not sure how my past blood transfusion impact when I stop doing workout and jogging. I want to know more about side effects I would expect when starting on new medicines. Varying information I found I do not know which type 1a or 1b I have, but I will know more by next week. Thank u for sharing all medical viewpoints from others and on your article. I can be reached by an email I left information above. Mary Ann

July 18, 2013

Connie M. Welch

Hi Robert, In reference to your questions, Is there anything else your friend needs to do for treatment? Yes, there are more ways he can prepare. Be sure to read all of How to Prepare for Triple Therapy, part 1, 2 and 3 (which is going to post on my website today). These articles go into detail many ways in which to get ready. You can see more on my website if you which, As for what is the correct dosage for Peg Interferon, Ribavirin, Incivek and Victrelis? The dosage amount is determined by the doctor. The patient's weight, liver condition, many factors go into what the right dosage amount is for each individual patient. Incivek and Victrelis are the new protease inhibitors included in triple therapy, the doctor and patient go over which one is best suited for them and only one of these are used in combination with Peg Interferon and Ribavirin. Thank you for commenting. These are very good questions. If I can help in anyway, please let me know. You are a wonderful Hep C Warrior Supporter! Best Regards to you & your friend, Connie Welch Life Beyond Hepatitis

May 29, 2013

Robert Pristas

Hi, My friend has hep C and is wanting to do the triple therapy. Basically the method is the below? •Peg Interferon is pen style injection you will give yourself once a week. Your nurse will train you on how to mix and give yourself the injection. You can do it! •Ribavirin are pills taken 2 times a day. Try not to take last dose any later than 4:00pm. My doctor & nurse told me this interferes with sleep. Ribavirin does not have to be taken with food, but it does help. My nurse told me Ribavirin can be a little hard on your stomach if empty. You can also take it the same time you take Incivek or Victrelis. •Incivek and Victrelis are pills taken 3 times per day with requirement to take 7 to 9 hours apart. DO NOT MISS A DOSE. In case you do, contact your doctor's office for instructions. Do not double up on this medication. Is there anything else he needs to do? What is the dosage for Peg Interferon, Ribavirin, Incivek and Victrelis? Warm Regards, Robert

May 29, 2013


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