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Review by barkeep86 (taken for 6 months to 1 year):
Pegasys (peginterferon alfa-2a) for Hepatitis C: I was on the Pegasys for 48 weeks. I used the autoinjector and it was easy and painless. In fact after each injection I would look to make sure there was a spot of blood just to make sure I got it because I never felt it. It seems to have worked. I still have to do my 6 month check, but so far so good. Only negative effect was a small open wound that had turned into a very large wound that would not heal. I didn't know which of the 3 medicines from the therapy was to blame but the wound got larger almost overnight and would not heal. The wound care doctor seemed to think interferon was to blame and as soon as I was finished treatment he did a skin graft and got me on the way to healing that.
Review by tobywayne (taken for 6 months to 1 year):
Pegasys (peginterferon alfa-2a) for Hepatitis C: The side effects were over with 6 treatments. It was rough at first but well worth doing the treatments. Had two doctors said treatments might not work but the third doctor was very sure treatments would work. Glad I got the third doctor.
Pegasys (peginterferon alfa-2a) for Hepatitis C: The new form interferon in the pegalated version is very effective in the cases of hepatitis C, genome type 2. I had count of 118 million per sample when I started the treatment of both the Pegasus and Copegus. After 2 months of treatment, I was told I was RNA negative as far that blood tests went. I am in the 6th and final month of treatment, still RNA negative. The truth will be 6 months after treatment, when my doctors will take a more definitive blood test. Overall, this medicine, even though it has some manageable side-effects, is in my opinion worth of the rating I have given it.
Pegasys (peginterferon alfa-2a) for Hepatitis C: I am taking care of my husband while he is on this treatment. Every side effect is showing up. He is on his 4th month and I am considering stopping the medicines altogether.
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peginterferon alfa-2a for Hepatitis C: My husband went through 48 weeks of this therapy. It started off good, undetectable early, then 6 months after completion of the therapy, the HCV returned and it did so times 2. He still has side effects from this medication. He was recently asked if he wanted to retreat.
peginterferon alfa-2a for Hepatitis C: I have been taking the shot and the pills for 3 months now. It's been tough, I have been really weak and got depressed, having to take anti-depressant medicines, which help me big time. The therapy is tough but the end result is what I am waiting for, Hep C free.
Pegasys (peginterferon alfa-2a) for Hepatitis C: I agree, this medicine is grueling along with the Ribavirin pills that need to be taken but it works. I'm 6 months into treatment and at 12 weeks my viral load was "undetectable".
14 users found this comment helpful.
Pegasys (peginterferon alfa-2a) for Hepatitis C: This is the hardest drug therapy I've ever been on in my life but the results are a effective and fast. Please complete the entire therapy for amazing recovery results for Hepatitus C.
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