5456Re: [GIWorld-Hepatitis] Question re Stroke & Rebetron
- Mar 1, 2001Hi Tatizi,
It is the interferon that causes the thyroid
problems and crankiness, but it could be both the
interferon and your thyroid problem causing the memory
problem. I was told by one of the Be-In-Charge nurses
that both interferon and ribavirin can cause
depression and that depression is more of a problem in
those on combo, as opposed to mono therapy, but I
really haven't seen any info confirming that. As for
interferon alone as maintainence, that really wasn't
what I was saying. I think you should keep doing the
ribavirin as long as possible (well, at least a year -
I don't think it's been tested for safety when taken
longer than that) even if you need a reduced dose,
since it improves your chances of sustaining a
response. However, interferon used alone is being
studied now as a maintainence therapy for
nonresponders to help keep fibrosis or cirrhosis from
getting worse, and maybe even improving the condition
of the liver. Good luck!
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