New Hep C Meds
Oct 29, 2011
Are the new Hep C Meds easier on the body & liver and mental health especially for an HIV+ male?
Response from Dr. McGovern
The new HCV protease inhibitors include boceprevir and telaprevir. However, either one is taken combined with PEG interferon and ribavirin so I am afraid that the issues surrounding the psychiatric side effects of interferon still remain.
You can't take the HCV protease inhibitors alone because you quickly get drug resistance and then the drugs simply don't work.
As with any drug, telaprevir and boceprevir both have side effects. The main one with TLV include rash and anemia while boceprevir is associated with a bad taste and anemia.
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