|pregnancy after interferon treatment
Oct 18, 2004
I was diagnosed with Hep B and have recently finished the interferon treatment. I only did the injection (pegasis?) and did not have to take the pills. My doctor has not really been helpfulhe is very negative and everything is so dramatic. I try to ask him simply questions and everything turns into medical terminologies that I do not understand. Basically, the treatment was not successful and I would like to start a family --it has been two full months. At first my doctor told me 2-3 months and now he says 6 months? Im confused because I thought the pills were the dangerous things? I am 29 and pretty healthy otherwise. My body feels great (other than gaining weight after the treatmentis this normal?). Please help me understand what my options are
| Response from Dr. Dieterich
The risk to babies seems to be from the ribavirin mostly in hepatitis c treatment. There is very little data about interferon, but theoretically it should be OK. If I were you I would wait 6 months, just to be sure. However you should speak to someone who is knowledgable about getting treatment in the last trimester to prevent transmission of hepatitis B to the baby. Make sure you tell your OB GYN about the hep B also. Good luck! DTD
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