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what to expect?

  I am currently waiting for the pharmacy company to come out and go through the treatments with me taking pegasys and the pills. I have already received the meds, but I was just wondering what to expect. I heard they can be pretty harsh, about like going through chemo. I am really nervous cause I just started a great job with wonderful benefits and i dont wanna lose it due to the side effects of this treatment. I may be worrying about it too much cause the overall good outweighs the bad by a long shot. Just nervous though.
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5133061 tn?1374980525
Hi Jennifer,
I'm sorry you had to discontinue treatment due to the awful side effects you had. I wish I could think of something more encouraging to say, but all I can think of is to repeat what your doc said: new drugs will soon become available that are easier to tolerate and have higher cure rates. So, don't give up hope, and take good care of yourself.
Sue
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I went to c my specialist today and she advised me to give up the treatment as I was not coping at all. She said about all these new drugs coming from America/Canada.  I cried my eyes out as I was so determined to complete it.  I havent been coping. Iv not been eating and those panic attacks were do horrendous that my specialist was worried I'd end up in psychiatric hospital. So iv come off it.  
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I went to c my specialist today and she advised me to give up the treatment as I was not coping at all. She said about all these new drugs coming from America/Canada.  I cried my eyes out as I was so determined to complete it.  I havent been coping. Iv not been eating and those panic attacks were do horrendous that my specialist was worried I'd end up in psychiatric hospital. So iv come off it.  
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Hi I am a 65 year old femAle diagnosed with hep c genotype 1a last year and started triple therapy in Oct of this year.  I have probably had hep c for 40+ years. I was previously married to a iv drug user in the late 60s early ,70s.  in the early days I.often went to the tp complaining if tiredness but they never knew much about hep c then so they used to give,ne iron tablets or tell me yo rest etc.  They only found out last year cos of my raised liver function test. I am having interferon injection once a week and boceptivir and ribavirin.  I have been feeling like nothing on earth.  My nurse had to reduce the ribavirin once as my bloods went from 14.to 9.6.  I can cope Roth all this but now I hav started hsbomg panic attacks which I can't seem to control. I had three yesterday and today.  iv had paramedics out about 3/4 timed. I dont know what to do. It makes it all worse as it's Christmas week anf I know I dont get the support I need over the holidays. Is anyone else suffering like this, if so tell me how to cope.  I feel I'm.going mad
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          i was working as a butcher, 48 hrs a week for the 1st 2 times i treated with int/riba. tylenol or motrin(if numbers are good) took my focus off side effects in the 1st 4 months. thats when my hemoglobin dropped to levels that caused shortness of breath and fatigue.  i never thought of quitting.  good luck with this tx     barry
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317787 tn?1473358451
Thinking of you, praying for you dear Bo
Love
Dee
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     Ok, thanks for the information. The doctor told me that it effects everyone differently. they say my overall numbers are actually pretty good considering. But I am a Truck Driver and am nervous about it, I love my job. But like I said the outcome is better than the other outcome, thanks for the input.
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Just started my second week of Interferon with Ribavirin and Incivek. Thus far I am tired, but have suffered no other ill effects. The Interferon is taken on Friday and it does slow me down. If it doesn't get worse I can do my six months.
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317787 tn?1473358451
Hello there! Everyone is different so hard to say how you will feel.
I treated back in 2008, I was able to work though not full time.
I took my shot on Friday as soon as I got home from work hoping I would feel well enough to go to work on Monday.  Sometimes it worked others I had to take the day.
Saying that I did have cirrhosis and that would have entered in to how I felt.  Others have worked with little problem, they might come home and go to bed but they made it to work :)
My best to you!
Dee
Oh everyone is nervous to start, that is normal
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    I will be taking the interferon and the ribavirun for genotype 3 for 6 months.
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    Are you taking just the Interferon and the Ribaviran (for genotype 2,3 &4) or the Triple Treatment, for Genotype 1's, because that one includes many more pills,of either Victrelis, or Incivek~
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