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Author Topic: Experiences of interferon and antiviral treatments? Will be starting soon.  (Read 3940 times)

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Offline Andres

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Hello everyone,

I was diagnosed with e-antigen negative chronic hep b a few months ago. I've been having my bloods profiled over the past months, and my doctor thinks I will be starting treatment soon - either interferon or antiviral tablets, dependent on the outcome of my next bloods. My last bloods came out as: viral load - 3.46 log; ALT - 24; and surface antigen 19904 IU.

Has anyone undergone treatments for chronic hep b? I understand that there can be side effects - particularly with interferon - and I'm wondering if they are severe enough to stop me working? I'm want to apply for a new job, but wondering if this is a good idea or not? (I'm currently a student, but need to start working!)

Would appreciate it if anyone could share there experience of treatments.


Offline KimInTheForest

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Hi Andres. And welcome to the forums! :) I don't know too much about Hep B. But here is a thread from another member, Art, who has been sharing his own Hep B treatment journey with Peg Interferon and tenofovir in great detail:


All the best to you. :)

Kim Goldberg (Nanaimo, BC)
1970s: Contracted HCV (genotype 3a)
2015: Cured with Harvoni + ribavirin (12 weeks)
MY STORY: https://pigsquash.wordpress.com/2016/01/28/undetectable-my-hep-c-story/

Offline ArtVandelay

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Apparently people with HBV tolerate pegINF better than the Hep C folks. At least in my case, however this doesn't seem to be the case. But I think if you have good exercise, diet and good health habits you have a decent chance of having only minor side effects. But the way I see it - you should HOPE for the best but PREPARE for the worst.

It is a rough medicine to be on but could certainly be worth it. It's definitely possible you'll have to miss some work. I haven't wanted to do much of anything while on treatment.


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